NYFF 2023: Female-Focused Wrap – Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

Women directors held their own at this year’s New York Film Festival, with impressive films in each of the fest’s coveted programs, from the Main Slate to Revivals. We’ll dip into each of these categories, singling out some of the lesser-known titles, in a women-focused overview of the fest. Starting off with the generally crowd-pleasing Main Slate, a number of women-directed features stood out (eight out of thirty-two, in fact).

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Lindsey Anderson Beer talks Women in Horror, Stephen King and PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES – Nadine Whitney interviews

Although she’s making her directorial debut with Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Lindsey Anderson Beer has worked in the screen industry for years as writer, show runner, story consultant and more. With Pet Sematary: Bloodline, she’s expanded the vision of super horror creative Stephen King. As she puts it: My goal with anything is always delightful surprise and I hope the film feels like something they haven’t seen before. I hope it offers them the heart and the moral questions of Pet Sematary and I want it to scare the shit out of people. I also want it to make them feel something.

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New York Film Festival 2023: Female Filmmakers in Focus – Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

The New York Film Festival is set to return to the city with a packed schedule of international films. A little over one-fifth of the features this year are directed by women, with several standouts in the coveted Main Slate. Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated Priscilla is one such feature, scheduled to be the festival’s “Centerpiece” screening. Many critics are eagerly situating Coppola’s film, which is based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir, Elvis and Me, as the femme-centric antidote to Baz Luhrmann’s bombastic rock ‘n’ roll biopic. All assumed comparisons aside, the subject matter is certainly well-suited to its director, given Coppola’s accomplished history of directing moody tales of alienated women.

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Tribeca 2023 Women’s Performances To Watch – Liz Whittemore reports

The 2023 edition of The Tribeca Film Festival upped the ante for female filmmakers. Femme-centric storytelling gave us innumerable outstanding performances from women of all ages. As usual, I begin my annual roundup with the caveat that this list pertains solely to the films I watched. You can read more about the festival lineup in our collective AWFJ coverage, and it is aplenty this year. Here is my 2023 list of Women to Watch from Tribeca.

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Sydney Film Fest 2023: Films Made by Women – Nadine Whitney reports

Gender parity at major festivals is slowly improving and the 2023 Sydney Film Festival is no exception to this welcome and necessary development. In 2023 SFF decided to feature New Zealand/Australian director Jane Campion’s work as a centrepiece. JANE CAMPION – HER WAY showcases Campion’s work from early shorts to her award-winning The Power of the Dog. The strand also includes the documentary Jane Campion, The Cinema Woman by Julie Bertuccelli and Campion in conversation with critic David Stratton. Another important programming strand is EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM, which introduces Australian audiences to debut features by women from a variety of countries including Italy, Iceland, Finland, Greece, Denmark, The Netherlands, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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SYLVIA CAMINER chats FOLLOW HER, Horror and Social Media Storytelling – Interview by Nadine Whitney

Sylvia Caminer is an Emmy winning television director and documentary maker. Turning her talents to directing the social media horror satire Follow Her has seen Sylvia move into a genre that frees many women directors and writers to examine society and inherent sexism. Follow Her blends horror, thriller, comedy, and social commentary with ease and purpose and is definitely a film you should like and subscribe to. In this interview, Caminer discusses what attracted her to the horror genre and to this project in particular.

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Vancouver International Women In Film Festival 2023 – Jennifer Green Previews

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is returning to an in-person event this year for its 18th annual edition at the VIFF Centre in the British Columbian city March 7-11. The festival, organized around International Women’s Day on March 8, will also run online from March 12-25. Some 37 films from 14 countries will compete for a line-up of awards, running alongside a sidebar short film competition. Of the 19 films from home base Canada, 9 are from local British Columbia filmmakers.

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Whistler Film Festival 2022: Female Filmmaker Wrap – Rachel West reports

“Addressing the imbalance of representation in the screen industry has been a mandate of the Whistler Film Festival for many years,” Festival Director Angela Heck says. “Our advocacy for gender parity has expanded to reflect our overall commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. There is much work to do as we continue to cultivate and champion underrepresented communities in our programs, our stories and in the Canadian media industry at large.”

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Fest 2022: Nominees and Jurors – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Whistler Film Festival are proud to announce the nominees for two AWFJ EDA Awards to be presented at the 2022 festival. This is the tenth consecutive year of the partnership between Whistler Film Festival and AWFJ to honor films directed by women. Whistler Film Festival nominates films for consideration. Juries are comprised of AWFJ members. The winners will be announced at this year’s virtual awards ceremony.

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Whistler Film Festival: Women in the Director’s Chair 2022 – Jennifer Merin reports

Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and developing their projects. Among its successful programs, WIDC IS partnering with Whistler film Festival for the ninth year to present its In the Director’s Chair Story & Leadership program, an intensive mentorship that benefits eight mid-career and non-binary filmmakers from across Canada and representing Canada’s diverse population. The filmmakers selected for the 2022 program will attend this year’s Whistler Film Festival (taking place November 30 through December 4 and online until January 2, 2023), participating in the WFF Industry Immersion program.

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