WEEK IN WOMEN: Bassett, Blanchett and Curtis honored at Santa Barbara Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored with tributes at the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bassett will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award, given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. With her powerhouse supporting turn as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she became the first performer to earn an Golden Globe acting nomination for a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sophie Barthes wins Sundance’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation has been named the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is an annual award given to an artist for the most outstanding depiction of science and technology in a feature film. “The Pod Generation” is an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

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AWFJ Announces 2022 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

In our 16th annual awards season, AWFJ presented EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. We were especially pleased to see our EDA Award nominations show strong representation of women filmmakers in all EDA Awards categories, including non-gender specific categories, and not just those in the FEMALE FOCUS section. This year, three films are tied for the most EDA Awards wins:

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Claire Denis receives LA Film Critics Career Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has chosen French writer-director Claire Denis as the recipient of its Career Achievement Award. The critics organization will honor the filmmaker on January 14, 2023, at its first in-person awards event in three years. The L.A. Film Critics Association also will recognize 2022’s top achievements in filmmaking as decided by the membership at the ceremony.

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AWFJ Welcomes New Members for 2023 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted and honored to welcome eight outstanding female film journalists as new members, starting in January 2023. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from across the U.S. Canada, and Australia, and they represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print journals, broadcast, podcast and online outlets. We invite you to follow them on AWFJ.org where you can enjoy reading their diverse opinions about films and movie industry trends.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chicago’s Sojourner Truth Festival to showcase Black women filmmakers – Brandy McDonnell reports

In 1976, a group of Black feminist artists and activists in New York co-organized the first Black women’s film festival: the Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts. From January to March, 2023, the University of Chicago, Film Studies Center, Logan Center for the Arts, South Side Projections, Sisters in Cinema and partners across Chicago and beyond will celebrate the legacy of that festival with the Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023, a nine-week screening series and symposium devoted to Black women’s filmmaking of the 1970s-1990s.

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AWFJ’s 2022 EDA Awards Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

The film with the most nominations is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King, with nods in eleven categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, among others. Sarah Polley’s Women Talking has nominations in nine categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, among others. First time director Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun is nominated in five categories.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2022: THE WINNERS – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to announce the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2022. The EDA Awards were presented at a virtual awards ceremony on December 13, 2022. This is the tenth anniversary of the AWFJ and WFF partnership to recognize and honor the work of female filmmakers. WFF nominates the films for consideration. AWFJ members are the jurors. Great results.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Annie Ernaux’s THE SUPER 8 YEARS docu lands at Kino Lorber – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kino Lorber has acquired from Totem Films all North American distribution rights to the intimate archival documentary The Super 8 Years, directed by Annie Ernaux and her son, David Ernaux-Briot. Ernaux is formally receiving the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature this weekend in Stockholm, Sweden.

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

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 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.

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