AWFJ Announces the 2023 EDA Awards Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

Female directed films make a strong showing among nominees for the 2023 AWFJ EDA Awards. Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie lead the nominations with ten each, with Celine Song’s Past Lives garnering nine. In our 17th annual awards season, we present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. This year, we are 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. AWFJ honors female creatives in non-gender specific awards categories, but the unique FEMALE FOCUS categories are designated for women only.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Julia Verdin’s trafficking drama MAYA due in theaters in January – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maya is written, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Julia Verdin, who is also the founder of Artists for Change, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create high-impact film, television and multimedia projects to inspire individuals, organizations and communities to bring about positive social change. “I believe in the power of film to help audiences identify with the characters and their journeys,” Verdin said. “With Maya, the movie is a great tool to educate teenagers on the dangers of social media predators and to keep an eye out for friends that might be being groomed by a trafficker.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NYWIFT Awards Scholarships to Seven Female Film Students – Brandy McDonnell reports

New York Women in Film & Television recently announced the presentation of seven scholarships to film, television, and media production students at New York area schools this year as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women in media. The scholarships were presented to women studying at Brooklyn College, City College, Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Hunter College, New York University, and Stony Brook University. Plus, one student received the Sabrina Wright-Gilliar Award at the Academy for Careers in Television & Film (TvF).

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Showrunner Ashley Michel Hoban’s DR DEATH Season 2 at Peacock – Brandy McDonnell reports

From writer, executive producer and showrunner Ashley Michel Hoban, Dr. Death Season 2 is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name. The sophomore season follows Miracle Man Paolo Macchiarini (Edgar Ramírez), a charming surgeon renowned for his innovative operations. When investigative journalist Benita Alexander (Mandy Moore) approaches him for a story, the line between personal and professional begins to blur, changing her life forever. As she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets, a group of doctors halfway across the world make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything about Paolo into question.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2023 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Whistler Film Festival are proud to announce the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2023. The winners were announced at the Whistler Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday, December 3, 2023. This is the eleventh consecutive year of the partnership between AWFJ and WFF to recognize and honor the work of female filmmakers. WFF nominated four narrative films and six short films for consideration by AWFJ’s member jurors.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lagueria Davis’ ‘BLACK BARBIE Documentary Lands at Netflix and Shondaland – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Lagueria Davis has found a home for her timely and relevant Black Barbie: A Documentary. Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the acquisition of Davis’ film.Black Barbie. Davis brought her “Black Barbie” to the festival circuit just as Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie started generating critical acclaim and record-breaking box-office numbers. Considering Davis spent a dozen years making Black Barbie, and the movie Barbie had been in the works since The LEGO Movie became a 2014 blockbuster, it’s interesting timing that both films debuted within just a few months of each other.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Beyoncé brings RENAISSANCE concert film to movie theaters – Brandy McDonnell reports

Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé officially arrives in theaters on Dec. 1, with select screenings starting on Nov. 30. Running 2 1/2 hours, Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé follows the journey of Queen Bey’s blockbuster “Renaissance World Tour” from its inception to its opening in Stockholm, Sweden, to its finale in Kansas City, Missouri. The film is said to reveal Beyoncé’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production; her creative mind and purpose to create her legacy; and her mastery of her craft, from its inception to its opening in Stockholm, Sweden, to its finale in Kansas City, Missouri.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Director Award nominees are all Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

As the 2023 Gotham Awards launch the cinematic awards season, the Gotham Awards have singled out 20 feature films, 11 series, and 30 performances in 10 award categories. One of those awards categories is the coveted Best Breakthrough Director Award. All five nominees competing in the Breakthrough Director Award are women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Katherine Jakeway’s THE BUCCANEERS takes on Edith Wharton – Brandy McDonnell reports

Led by an all-female creative team, The Buccaneers makes its global debut on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 8, followed by new episodes weekly, every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The new eight-episode drama, inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel of the same name, comes from creator Katherine Jakeways.

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2023 EDA Award Categories and Timeline – Jennifer Merin reports

With this years awards season looming large on the horizon, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce our 2023 EDA Awards categories and timeline.

This year, the AWFJ EDA Awards categories are the same as they were last year. We consider and recognize films and annual achievements in three awards sections: Best Of, Female Focus and EDA Special Mention Awards. You can access the full list here.

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