WEEK IN WOMEN: New York Women in Film & Television grants Film Festival awards and Scholarships – Brandy McDonnell reports

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New York Women in Film & Television has presented 10 scholarships to film and television production students and 14 festival awards to filmmakers at seven New York area festivals in 2022 as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women in media.

The organization presented festival awards for Excellence in Directing across various categories to Ellie Foumbi (Our Father the Devil) and Laura Checkoway (The Cave of Adullam) at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Ju Martins (Nā Kama Kai – Children of The Ocean) and Cassie Hay and Amy Winston (Queens of Pain) at Montauk Film Festival.

Also, the organization honored Karina Dandashi (Dress Up), Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra (Carajita), and Laura Angel Rengifo and Noah David DeBonis (Strangers to Peace) at New York Latino Film Festival; Marchelle Thurman (Black White & The Greys) and Paula Cajiao (Shell Shocked) and Edna Luise Biesold (Sunscreen) at SOHO International Film Festival.

In addition, NYWIFT awarded Jasmin Mara López (Silent Beauty) and Kayla Sun The Code of Family) at UrbanWorld Film Festival; along with Holly Morris (Exposure) and Signe Baumane (My Love Affair with Marriage) at Woodstock Film Festival.

“NYWIFT is proud to expand our festival partnerships to recognize top-tier talent, emerging voices, and the women content creators making waves in narrative and documentary filmmaking,” said New York Women in Film & Television CEO Cynthia Lopez in a statement.

“It is so impressive that these recipients not only completed their films during the pandemic – they excelled in reinventing how films are made during this time.”

The festival award winners each received a cash prize in addition to a one-year Industry Membership with New York Women in Film & Television. Most were presented in-person by a member of the organization’s leadership team at each festival’s awards ceremony or screening. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.