EDA Awards @ DOXA 2016: Nominated Films and Jurors — Jennifer Merin reports

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doxa logo 1The DOXA Film Festival (held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 5 to 15, 2016) has announced the nomination of ten feature length documentaries and nine documentary shorts to be considered for the AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA. The award winners will be selected by two AWFJ jury panels, and will be presented at the festival’s gala awards ceremony on Saturday,May 14. Read on for the complete lists of nominated films and the names of the AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA jurors.

Nominated for AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature:

League of Exotique Dancers
Rama Rau, Canada, 2015

Kirsten Johnson, US, 2016

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Brett Story, Canada, 2016

Aslaug Holm, Norway, 2015

Of Shadows
Yi Cui, China/Canada, 2016

Seven Songs for a Long Life
Amy Hardie, Scotland, 2015

Gina Abatemarco, US, 2016

Flow Mechanics
Nathalie Loubeyre, France, 2015

Jonas and the Backyard Circus
Paula Gomes, Brazil, 2015

Le Bois dont les reves sont faits
Claire Simon, France, 2016

AWFJ EDA Award Documentary Feature Jurors:

Cynthia Fuchs – PopMatters
Jennifer Merin – Women’s eNews
Katherine Monk – Ex-Press.com
Janice Page – Boston Globe
Diana Saenger – East County Gazette

Nominated for AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Short:

The Meadow
Jela Hasler, Switzerland, 2015

What Remains is Mermanat
Zeynep Kececiler,Turkey, 2015

Perfection is Forever
Mara Trifu, Romania/UK, 2015

The Honeys and Bears
Veena Rao, US, 2016

We Regret to Inform You
Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers Canada, 2015

Raising the Words
Chloë Ellingson,Canada, 2015

Barbarian Press
Sarah (Emmett) Race, Canada, 2016

One Million Steps
Eva Stotz, Germany, 2015

Nowhere Land
Bonnie Ammaaq Canada, 2015

AWFJ EDA Award Documentary Short Jurors:

Laurie Coker – Hill Country News
Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture Big Sound
Karen Martin – Arkansas Online
Tricia Olszewski – Washington City Paper
Lynn Venhaus – Belleville News-Democrat

About the AWFJ EDA Awards

Throughout the year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Film at select film festivals around the world. Our goal is to recognize and honor the outstanding work of women directors of narrative features, documentaries and shorts. AWFJ proudly adds the 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival to its list of partnerships. The 15th edition of the annual festival takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 5 to 15, 2016. AWFJ will present EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary Short at the awards ceremony on May 14.

AWFJ has also presented EDA Awards at IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, Sheffiled Doc/Fest, Edinburgh International Film Festival, St Louis International Film Festival, Salem Film Fest, and at the Museum of Modern Art’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective for POV.

For more information about DOXA and descriptions of this years EDA Awards nominees, click here. For more information about the AWFJ EDA Awards, click here.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).