AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2018: The Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the sixth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has had the honor to present AWFJ EDA Awards at Whistler Film Festival, recognizing the significant work of women directors whose films are screening at the festival. This year, AWFJ presented EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and for Best Female-Directed Short at the WFF awards ceremony on December 2, 2018. And, the winners are….

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Whistler Film Festival Wraps Another Successful Year – Marina Antunes reports

Whistler Film Festival wrapped another successful year and 2018, their 18th installment, proved to be as successful as previous years. WFF has long been a hub for female creatives and 2018 was no different. In addition to the films in this years’ EDA Awards competitions, and films featuring strong female leads, the festival was once again host to Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch series which included no less than five female screenwriters.

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AWFJ Set to Present EDA Awards at Whistler Film Festival 2018 – Jennifer Merin reports

This is the sixth consecutive year in which the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at this year’s festival, held in Whistler from November 28 to December 2, 2018.

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ST Louis International Film Festival – Martha K Baker reports

The 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, which opened on November 1, continues through Armistice Day, November 11 with narrative features, long and short, with documentaries, interviews, tributes, and special events, plus a closing night bash on the 11th at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

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Sarah Jacobson: American Genre Film Archive Retrospective at Austin’s Fantastic Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Declaring herself as nothing less than “the queen of underground film” and having learnt the craft through revered underground filmmaker George Kuchar, Jacobson’s well-earned legacy as one of the most vital and original filmmakers of the late 20th century had until recently been hidden from view, This retrospective illuminates her work for cinephiles hungry genuine punk- feminist cinema.

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New York Film Festival 2018 Top Female Performances – Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF is reliable in presenting meaty roles for women. This year’s notable performances include Juliette Binoche and Regina King, an actress who is often underappreciated. Also on my list are Molly Shannon, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, among others presented here in no particular order.

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TIFF18 Review: DIAMANTINO – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With its North American premiere at the Midnight Madness program of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, there is little that can prepare you for the unique, twisted majesty of queer Portuguese film Diamantino. Co-directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, this is an unapologetic carnival of bad taste all but destined for cult film longevity.

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TIFF16 Review: RETROSPEKT — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Dutch filmmaker Esther Rots’ sophomore feature Retrospekt is an extraordinary accomplishment and one of the standouts of this year’s Contemporary World Cinema programe. The film begins humbly enough and – based on the plot synopsis alone – indicates at first what might be a relatively pedestrian drama about a domestic violence counsellor

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TIFF18 Review: CLIMAX – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

It’s been sixteen years since the notorious French master of excess Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible, with its unforgettable nine-minute long rape scene, truly shocked audiences. Movies like 2009’s Enter the Void and 2015’s Love have seen the filmmaker pushing the envelope of acceptability and explicitness in ways that have become perhaps paradoxically something to be expected. Climax is one of his most euphoric, succinct, and effective movies in over a decade

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