AWFJ to Present EDA Awards @ DOXA Film Festival

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and DOXA are partnering for the second consecutive year to present AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s festival, taking place in Vancouver, BC, from May 4 to 14, 2017. doxa logo 2017DOXA programmers nominate ten female-directed films in each of the two EDA Awards categories. EDA Awards juries are comprised exclusively of AWJF members. This year’s nominated films and jury panels will be announced shortly. Continue reading…

The EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short will be presented at the festival’s awards ceremony on May May 13th, 2017 at 8PM at SFU Woodwards.

The EDA Awards recognize and honour excellent work by a woman director. In addition to presenting year end awards during the annual movie awards season, AWFJ partners with select film festivals throughout the year to present EDA Awards for best female directed films in the documentary, narrative feature, and short categories. EDA Awards presented at Festivals are often a film’s first award, and boosts industry and public awareness of the winner, often leading to sales, other festival appearances and funding for the filmmaker’s future projects.

AWFJ has presented EDA Awards at IDFA, the Whistler Film Festival, the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the St Louis International Film Festival, and the Salem Film Fest. EDA Awards are also presented in conjunction with special events, most notably with the Museum of Modern Art’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective of the POV Documentary Program on Public Television in the US.

The EDA Awards were named in honour of Eda Reiss Merin, an actress, founder of the AFTRA, member of AMPAS and the mother of AWFJ founder and president Jennifer Merin. AWFj juries are drawn exclusively from AWFJ membership, a collective of leading professional film journalists based in the US, Canada and the UK. To learn more about other AWFJ activities, visit

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Dorothy Woodend

Dorothy Woodend has been the film critic for The Tyee since 2004. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications. Dorothy is also the Senior Festival Advisor for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.