AWFJ to Present EDA Awards at Tallgrass Film Fest 2021 – Jennifer Merin reports
The Alliance of Women film Journalists is partnering with Tallgrass Film Festival to present EDA Awards for Best Female Directed Films at the festival’s 19th edition, taking place in Wichita, Kansas from October 20 – 24, 2921.
With “Stubbornly Independent” as its motto, Tallgrass Film Festival, one of the nation’s leading regional film festivals, founded in 2003, aims to foster an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film. Women in film are high priority on the festival’s agenda. This year, the festival presents 44 features and 128 shorts for in-person screenings. Screenings and events are also available online.
In this, the first year of the AWFJ-Tallgrass partnership, AWFJ will present EDA Awards in two categories:
- Best Female-Directed Feature Film (Narrative or Documentary)
- Best Female-Directed Short Film(Narrative or Documentary)
Two jury panels of AWFJ members will select the winners from films nominated by the festival, including four narrative films and ten short films.
- Margaret Barton-Fumo
- Karen Martin
- Jennifer Merin
- Danielle Solzman
Feature films nominated for the EDA Award are
- This Is Not a War Story, directed by Talia Lugacy
- We Burn Like This, directed by Alana Waksman
- Moon Manor, directed by Erin Granat, Machete Bang Bang
- I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking), directed by Kelley Kali & Angelique Molina
AWFJ’s shorts jury includes
Short films nominated for the EDA Award include
- 1-800-D-Direct, directed by Clare Macdonald
- Al-Si, directed by Suzannah Mirghani
- And Then, directed by Jenn Ravenna Tran
- Eureka, directed by Mida Chu
- Gabriela, directed by Natalia Kaniasty
- I AM NORMAL, directed by Olia Oparina
- Missing First Period, directed by Chassidy David
- Myrtle, directed by Patricia McCormack
- The Summer Of Snakes, directed by Lara Panah-Izadi
- The Young King, directed by Larin Sullivan
The AWFJ EDA Awards were presented to their worthy winners at the Tallgrass Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
In addition to its first time EDA Awards presentation, Tallgrass Film Festival inaugurated the $5,000 Gordon Parks Award for Black Excellence in Filmmaking, created in partnership with David Parks, son of Gordon Parks, with support from the Kansas African American Museum, Shocker Studios, Wichita State University Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Wichita Branch NAACP.