Ebertfest 2019: A Glorious Celebration of Cinema – Jennifer Merin reports

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, aka Ebertfest, is unique in its pure and glorious celebration of cinema. The annual four-day program, which just completed its 21st edition, consists of but a dozen films. Ebertfest is quite compact, as film festivals go. But, this joyful movie event has enormous heart, and it emanates influence and inspires empathy far beyond Champaign, Illinois, the college community in which it makes its home and has found its soulmate.

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Women at the 10th TCM Classic Film Festival – Laura Emerick reports

The classic movie channel’s marathon drew film buffs from around the world to enjoy appearances by actors and filmmakers, world-premiere restorations, tributes (including salutes to 20th Century Fox, filmmaker Nora Ephron and historian-director Kevin Brownlow), and above all, the experience of a shared community. Many screenings and events were programmed around this year’s theme of “Follow Your Heart: Love at the Movies.”

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Australia’s 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

As demonstrated by this carefully curated selection of eleven films, the future is bright for Spanish and Latin American women filmmakers and this program is a rare opportunity to see their work presented on the big screen in Australia.

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St Louis African Film Festival 2019 – Diane Carson reports

Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, the 2019 African Film Festival celebrates its fourteenth year with four remarkable feature film programs, each with an introductory short. Festival founder Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo endeavors to “increase dynamic conversations about the African continent” by highlighting contemporary artistic African productions while also “combating stereotypes.”

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SXSW 2019: Stories of Women’s Resilience and Independence – Roxanne Hadadi reports

This year, South by Southwest Film Festival felt like a declarative celebration of women’s stories and female filmmakers. From its diverse slate of narrative, documentary, and short films to its Grand Jury and Audience Awards, at the core of its programming were films made by and about women.

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Variety Names Shauna Hardy Mishaw Among Top Women Influencers – Jennifer Merin reports

It comes as no surprise to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists that Shauna Hardy Mishaw, co-founder and Executive Director of Canada’s Whistler Film Festival, has been named in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report as one of the top women who are influencing and reshaping showbiz around the globe.

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Applause for True/False Film Festival 2019 – Diane Carson reports

Superb organization and the extremely entertaining True/False environment notwithstanding, we’re there for the films, an impressive selection of the best documentaries and, in a Neither/Nor sidebar, films that blur fiction and nonfiction. The lion’s share has regularly taken my breath away. This year I saw 16 films in three-and-a-half days. Those most memorable are as follows.

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Women’s View at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 – Marietta Steinhart reports (Guest Post)

Programmed by a team of six remarkable women, plus two men, the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival showed 228 films of which 55 were either directed or co-directed by women (about 24 percent), leaving room for more female directors in the future. Nevertheless the festival has no lack in films with or about women.

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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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