WEEK IN WOMEN: Golden Globes 2019 Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. 2018 Golden Globes presenter Natalie Portman pointedly criticized the lack of female nominees during the televised show earlier this year, going off script to emphasize “And here are all the MALE nominees.”

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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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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC’s First Alternative Director’s Program: All Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

NBC has announced the inaugural class for its landmark Alternative Directors Program, billed as the industry’s first directing pipeline program for unscripted shows. All participants are women! The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of formats and directing styles, with the goal of opening the door to future projects

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Taymor’s Steinem biopic casts Lulu Wilson, Julianne Moore – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lulu Wilson, 13, has been picked to play young Gloria Steinem in Julie Taymor’s biopic The Glorias: A Life on the Road. Julianne Moore will play Steinem present dat, and Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play the feminist and activist from ages 20 to 40. The film will be based on Steinem’s memoir.

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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Effie T. Brown to Produce Melissa V Murray’s First Feature — Brandy McDonnell reports

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to We Real Cool, an urban action comedy from Dear White People producer Effie T. Brown. The film will mark the feature debut of filmmaker Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script. We Real Cool is currently casting and is set to begin production early next year

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Michelle Yeoh Represents – Brandy McDonnell Reports

When the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 22, we’ll see whether the blockbuster romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians gives Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) her long-awaited shot at an Academy Award. If Yeoh gets a supporting actress nod this year, she will be only the sixth actress of Asian descent ever to be nominated in the history of the Academy.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Granik, Ramsay and Jenkins Nominated for Spirit Awards Best Director

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and three of the five finalists in the best director category are women. This is the first time in Spirit Awards history that more women than men have been nominated for best director.

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