St. Francis College Women's Film Festival
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Mission

We are committed to celebrating emerging and established female filmmakers. We strive to recognize new and original voices within the St. Francis College community and other university communities, as well as in the international emerging film community. Our goal is to create a bridge between female college filmmakers and professional female filmmakers which will encourage collaboration, cooperation, and coordination.

Goals

  1. To inspire discourse among women regarding the expression of women’s image in film, as well as to explore the role of women in the history and evolving art of filmmaking.

  2. Examine emerging film storytelling trends, and artistic viewpoints of female student and professional filmmakers.

Festival Supporters

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  • The Womens Center
  • The Department of Communication Arts
  • The Office of the Provost

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St. Francis College Women's Film Festival
Building bridges for female filmmakers.

Submissions are Now Open for the 2018 Festival

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Narrative Short by a Female Student
  • Best Documentary Short by a Female Student
  • Best Narrative Short by a Female Non-Student
  • Best Documentary Short by a Female Non-Student
  • Best Animated Short by a Female Non-Student
  • Best Animated Short by a Female Student
  • Best Virtual Reality Work

Rules & Terms

  1. Films must not exceed 15 minutes in length including credits.
  2. All films entered must have a female director, producer or screenwriter, with preference given to works created by female directors.
  3. Once a film has been selected, it cannot be removed from the Festival program during the event.
  4. The following will be accepted for the submission process: on line secure screener.
  5. If your film is selected for the festival, it is a requirement that you attend the screening at your own expense.
  6. Once selected you must provide us with a DVD and a digital file of of your film. VR entrants must be willing to provide the equipment to screen their pieces if selected.
  7. If your film is selected, you will be notified by March 7, 2017.
  8. Supporting materials and PR, including stills for the film must be sent to the festival by March 12th. Applicant grants the festival permission to use these materials for publicity.
  9. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.

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Augusta Palmer

Co-Founder/Director

Augusta Palmer, co-founder of the SFC Women’s Film Festival is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She is a filmmaker and scholar who holds a Ph. D. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the arts. As a documentarian, she is best known for The Hand of Fatima (2009), a feature documentary about music, mysticism, and family history. Her award-winning documentary and experimental video work has screened in national and international festivals, as well as at venues like New York's Anthology Film Archives. In 2016, her first fiction film, A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure has been screening at children’s film festivals from Seattle to New York.

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Bold. Expressive. Thought-provoking. Films by women.

2017 Film Festival

2017 Festival Schedule

Tuesday, March 28 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

  • 9:30am Opening address
  • 9:45am Film Screenings
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Panel discussion - Women's Filmmaking Past, Present, Future: Why Women's Media Making Matters
    • Ally Acker - Film Historian, Filmmaker, author Reel Women, a two volume work on Women in Cinema from the Silent Era to 2010
    • Debra Zimmerman - Executive Director, Women Make Movies
    • Isabel Sandoval - Director, Apparition
  • 12:30-2:00pm Film Screenings
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Crowdfunding Workshop - Financing your Film
    • WORKSHOP LEADER: Christina Raia of Seed and Spark - social media /audience building and maintenance
  • 4:00pm -5:30pm Filmmaker Roundtable Event
    • Building Bridges – The Art of Networking (Festival filmmakers only)
    • April Yvette Thompson (Producer: Blue Caprice, Mother of George, Gun Hill Road)

  • Wednesday March 29th 11:00-6:30pm

    • 11:00am - 3pm Film Screenings with Q & A
    • 3:00pm- 4:00pm Panel Discussion - Making it Happen: Filmmaking as Entrepreneurship
      • Stacey Holman
        • Producer, Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities and Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
        • Director, Dressed Like Kings
      • Lauren Magura - Cinematcher, a new app for finding crew members for film shoots
      • Lisa Russell - StoryShifter
    • 4:00pm-5:45pm Film Screenings
    • 5:45pm-6:30pm Awards ceremony and reception

    Awards & Prizes

    • Best Narrative Short by a Female Student
    • Best Documentary Short by a Female Student
    • Best Narrative Short by a Female Non-Student
    • Best Documentary Short by a Female Non-Student
    • Best Documentary by an SFC Student
    • Best Animated Film by a Female Student
    • Best Animated Film by a Female Non-Student

Schedule of Films

day one film schedule

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Magaly Colimon-Christopher

Co-Founder/Director

"It started with an impression I got that young female artists were more reticent to express themselves than I was when I was their age. This impression evolved into a desire to give them a platform to be seen and heard. The desire sparked a conversation with Augusta Palmer, during which I discovered I wasn't the only professor who was concerned about the muted voice of female film students. Augusta and I went back-and-forth analyzing the pros and cons of co-founding a film festival, until a rush of determination and optimism turned a series of conversations into hours of co-planning, team work and co-recruiting. Our collaboration resulted in the first ever St. Francis College Women's Film Festival in 2016."

In addition to co-directing the festival, Magaly is an Adjunct Professor in St. Francis College's Communications Art Department. Magaly is also a professional actress/writer/director. Her acting credits include national commercials, prime time television, and regional theater productions. Magaly's directing credits include "Yes Madame" (screening selection at the Pan African Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival, and BHERC Film Festival). Her director/writer credits also include BN4REAL (web series), short film HER TORY (short film), and 2Divas and a Camera (short film series). St. Francis College has recently produced staged readings of her plays THE HUNTING SEASON and BAMBOO UNDER RUBBLE. She is a true East Coaster. She earned her BA at Columbia College, her MBA from Binghamton University, and her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

2017 Festival Opening Remarks

Panel Discussion: Why Women's Media Making Matters

Partners

The Independent Filmmaker Project The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is proudly supporting the St. Francis College Women's Film Festival by awarding one-year memberships to IFP for all of our prize winners.
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screening room
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn

Panelists

Ally Acker

Ally Acker is a filmmaker and poet. Her most recent film is Reel Herstory: The REAL Story of Reel Women, hosted by Jodie Foster, based on her two-book collection, Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, The First Hundred Years. The original 1989 edition was hailed groundbreaking as the first book on the market to reveal the transformational role women played in film since 1896. Acker also directed the ten documentary collection, Filmmakers on Film. Acker’s last film, The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality, is the only film produced in the U.S. about the great Surrealist. Acker appears in The Women Who Run Hollywood, which premiered at Cannes last May.

Debra Zimmerman

Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. For 10 of the last 11 years films from WMM have won or been nominated for Oscars. She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing. She is a member of numerous Advisory Boards for many media organizations, a jury member for many international film festivals, and regularly sits on foundation and government funding panels. She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television's Loreen Arbus Award and the Hot Doc's Doc Mogul Award, given to those who "over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad."

Isabel Sandoval

Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipino filmmaker. Her second feature film, "Apparition", won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NetPAC) Award at the recently-concluded 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival after having its international premiere in competition at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival (New Currents category). U.S. trade magazine Variety gave "Apparition" a rave review: an "outstanding" sophomore feature that is "intelligently scripted" and "deeply moving". In July 2013, The Museum of Modern Art screened "Apparition" for a week as part of their ContemporAsian series.

Christina Raia

Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions and a Crowdfunding Specialist at Seed&Spark. Her work, a collection of short films, a web series, and a feature film, has gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns. She has been covered by press outlets such as Indiewire, AfterEllen, and BuzzFeed. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York.

Seed & Spark

Seed&Spark is the world’s only streaming and crowdfunding destination, supporting inclusive films and film-related projects with funding, audience building, and distribution. At the heart of our popular “Crowdfunding to Build Independence” workshop is our dedication to connecting filmmakers with their audiences. Identifying, and then enthusiastically engaging, your supporters is essential to a career of successfully funding and distributing your films. That's why in our class, we teach you how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film. Because after all, this class isn’t about crowdfunding: it’s about career building. Your film career starts here!

April Yvette Thompson

SimonSays Entertainment's Director of Development, April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer/writer/actor working across media. Producer: Blue Caprice, Mother of George, Gun Hill Road, Porgy & Bess, Jitney. Actor: Blue Caprice, Gotham, Blue Bloods, The Exonerated Accidental Husband, Law & Order. Broadway/Off Broadway: Clybourne Park, Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, Liberty City, Fit for a Queen. Playwright: Good Bread Alley & Liberty City (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortel noms). Education: Vassar College & Rutgers University.

Stacey Holman

Stacey L. Holman is a Harlem based independent producer/director whose work has screened Nationally and Internationally. She recently wrapped on the PBS documentary Tell Them We Are Rising the Story of Black Colleges and Universities as Producer which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In addition, she produced and directed the award-winning shorts Mirar Mirror and Girl Talk and has produced content for Centric TV. Stacey’s work also expands to South Africa where she’s finishing a documentary, Dressed Like Kings, on a group of fashionable Zulu men. She’s a graduate of Dillard University and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Lauren Magura

Lauren is the founder and CEO of the entertainment job matching app Cinematcher. She came up with the idea of Cinematcher through her passion for connecting people within the entertainment industry. The true dedication of everyone in the industry, and the need for a simpler hiring process influenced Lauren to put Cinematcher into motion. Lauren has a background from Universal Pictures in marketing and film and oversees all aspects of Cinematcher.

Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell is an Emmy-winning filmmaker with a Masters in Public Health who has been producing films and creative advocacy campaigns on pressing global development topics for UN/NGO agencies for the past 10+ years. With a passion for arts and storytelling to help change narratives of humanitarian type content, Lisa has released "StoryShifter", a new online platform for the social good, driven by machine learning and data analytics. Lisa currently lives in Brooklyn and is a teaching artist for young spoken word artists and also leads digital storytelling workshops. For more info visit www.lisarussellfilms.com. Twitter: @lisarussellfilm