Announcing AWFJ’s 2019 EDA Awards Agenda – Jennifer Merin reports

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As the 2019 movie awards season approaches, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce our 13th annual EDA Awards timeline and our 25 awards categories — including our snarkier tributes.

    2019 EDA Awards Timeline

December 20, 2019 – EDA Award Nominees announced
January 8, 2020 – Deadline for Final Voting
January 10, 2020 – 2019 EDA Awards winners announced

For the 2018 awards season, AWFJ will present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, the FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and the EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 91 voting AWFJ members. For a list of 2019 EDA Awards categories, click here.

    AWFJ Members and Contact Information

AWFJ is looking forward to making the 2019 awards season a very special and satisfying one. Qualified filmmakers, studios, distributors and awards representatives wishing to reach out to AWFJ members with seasonal press releases, FYC screeners and other collateral are encouraged to request access to our roster of current members with their contact information.

To access the roster of members and for answers to questions about AWFJ EDA Awards, contact AWFJ President Jennifer Merin at

Here’s to a great awards season!

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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).