AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Films and Juries

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For the second consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with DOXA Documentary Film Festival to present EDA Awards for best female-directed films at the 16th annual festival, to be held from May 4 to 14, in Vancouver, BC. doxa logo 2017DOXA programmers have nominated female-directed films in two EDA Awards categories: Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary and Best Female-Directed Documentary Short. EDA Awards juries for both categories are comprised exclusively of AWJF members. Continue reading…

Nominated Documentary Features:

The Beekeeper & His Son – Directed by Died Weng, Switzerland/Canada
Drokpa – Directed by Yan Chun Su, US/China
Pornocracy – Directed by Ovidie, France
Complicit – Directed by Heather White and Lynn Zhang, US/China
Dazzling Light of Sunset – – Directed by Salome Jashi, Germany/Georgia
Le Concours – Directed by Claire Simon, France
Tokyo Idols – Directed by Kyoko Miyake

Jurors for Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary:

Marina Antunes
Jennifer Merin
Stephanie Merry
Janice Page

Nominated Documentary Shorts:

FIXED! – Directed by Cat Mills, Canada
Les Cloys – Directed by Julia Hechler, USA
Lucy – Directed by Elisa Chee, Canada
The Bloop – Directed by Cara Cusumano, USA
Commodity City – Jessica Kingdon, US/China
Turtles are Always Home – Lebanon/Canada
Voices of Finance – Directed by Clara van Gool, The Netherlands
Vers la Tendresse – Directed by Alice Diop, France
Life at a Snail’s Pace – Directed by Alexandra Gaulupeau, UK
Andrew Keegan is Moving – Directed by Justine Harbonnier, Canada

Jurors for Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary:
Betsy Bozdech
Lexi Feinberg
Cynthia Fuchs
Karen Martin

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.

For detailed descriptions of the nominated films, visit the DOXA Website.

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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 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).