AWFJ EDA Awards 2022 Categories and Agenda – Jennifer Merin reports

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With this years awards season looming large on the horizon, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce our 2022 EDA Awards categories and timeline.

This year, the AWFJ EDA Awards categories are the same as they were last year. We consider and recognize films and annual achievements in three awards sections: Best Of, Female Focus and EDA Special Mention Awards. You can access the full list here.

Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 95 voting AWFJ members. You can view the full list here.

To qualify for consideration, a film must have been released in virtual theaters or other online platforms during the period from January 1 to December 31, 2022. (Films released after December 31, 2022 will be considered for next year’s awards.)

We have been compiling our long list of films for consideration in all of our 2022 EDA Awards categories. Our current internal FYC list has 482 films on it (not counting October, November and December releases). We are sure we are missing watch-worthy titles. If you have a film that you wish to submit for consideration, please send the title and press information to . We will make sure your title is added to our list, if it’s not already included.

We welcome receipt of screeners for award consideration. If you wish to distribute FYC screeners to AWFJ members, please contact us at for access to our voting members’ names and contact information. FYI, most AWFJ members have indicated that they prefer to receive DVD screeners whenever they are available. We have not set a deadline for submissions, but it’s obvious that with the number of films we have to consider, the sooner the members receive titles and screeners, the better.

We will announce our nominations in mid-December, 2022. We will announce our 2022 EDA Awards winners in early January 2023. Exact dates are TBD.

If you have any questions about our schedule, submissions and/or require a current membership roster, please contact Jennifer Merin at for answers.

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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).