St. Francis College Women's Film Festival
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2018 Festival Supporters & Partners

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  • Department of Communication Arts
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
  • Honors Program
  • Office of the Academic Dean

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.

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2018 Festival Schedule

Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL

  • 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
  • 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
    • Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
    • VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
    • Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
  • 5:15pm - Opening Reception
  • 6:00pm - Screening Program #1

Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL

  • 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
  • 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Screening Program #2
  • 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
    • Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.

Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL

  • 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson
    • Program#4
  • 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
    • Lisa Russell
    • Christian Delsol
    • Ellen Pearlman

  • 2:30pm - VR Viewing
  • 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
    • Thembisa Mshaka,
    • Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
    • Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
  • 4:30pm - Screening Program #5
  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - Reception

NOTE: NEW DATE

Friday, March 23 - MARONEY FORUM FOR ARTS, CULTURE & EDUCATION

  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling
    • Filmmaker and Celluloid Ceiling author Gabrielle Kelly and
    • Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO)
  • 1:20pm - Screening Program #3
  • 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
    • documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
    • and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.

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
Director / Co-Curator

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.


Roberta Bonisson
Co-Curator

Roberta is a curator, producer, and film lover. She has worked in a wide variety of roles in the arts, and received her Masters in Media Studies from NYC’s New School for Social Research. She served as a film consultant for the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibit, “Brazil Body and Soul.” As a curator and programmer, she produced a series of experimental films by women; the children’s section of the Rio Film Festival; “Short Brazilians,” a program of 30 shorts; and since 2010, programs including poetry readings, art shows, and film screenings for The Shed Space in Brooklyn, NY.

St. Francis College Women's Film Festival
From The Silent Era To Virtual Reality

March 19 - 23, 2018

Festival Winners
  • Best Narrative Short by a Female Non-Student - ur dead to me, Yonoko Li
  • Best Narrative Short by a Female Student - Tira Misu (SFC) Co-Directors Marina Esparza & Shala Franciosa
  • Best Documentary Short by a Female Non-Student - Voices From Kaw Thoo Lei, Martha Gorzycki
  • Best Documentary Short by a Female Student - LGBTQ Comes Out to SFC Concetta D’Angelo/Producer Michele Montecalvo
  • Best Animated Short by a Female Non-Student - Meeting Macguffin, Catya Plate
  • Best Animated Short by a Female Student - Laymun, Catherine Prowse
  • Best Virtual Reality Work - Fly, Ji-Young Kang
  • Best Experimental Film - Nothing A Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix, Jennifer Proctor

Audience Awards

  • Audience Award for Documentary - The Road Less Traveled, Marissa Plaia & Family Unwritten, Yasmin Mistry
  • Audience Award for Fiction - Tira Misu (SFC) Co-Directors Marina Esparza & Shala Franciosa
  • Audience Award for Animation - Laymun, Catherine Prowse

2018 Panel Discussions

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2018 Festival Preview

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2018 Film Schedule

Program 1: March 19, 6pm

Title

Director

Country

ur dead to me

Yonoko Li

New Zealand

Spinosaurus

Tessa Hoffe

Scotland

The Road Less Traveled

Marissa Plaia

US

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Josephine Massarella

Canada

Family Rewritten

Yasmin Mistry

US

Nothing a Little Soap & Water Can’t Fix

Jennifer Proctor

US

LGBTQ Comes Out to SFC

Concetta D’Angelo

Michele MonteCalvo

US

Laymun

Catherine Prowse

UK


Program 2: March 20, 3:30pm

Title

Director

Country

Risk

Lauren E. Johnson

US

Cultural Appropriation

Simran Sharma

US

The Story of a Motorbike

Junqing Duanmu

China

Celia

Clare Maceda

US

Celebrating 55 by Protesting 45

Mary Dalton

US

I Wait

Megan Gonzalez

US

#MeToo PSA

Alexandra Kenny & Alyssa Hernandez

US

Program 3 March 23, 1:20 pm

Title

Director

Country

Ok, Mum

Eva Lanska

UK

Meeting MacGuffin

Catya Plate

US

Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei

Marth Gorzycki

US

Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf

Dina Fiasconaro

US


Program 4: March 22, 12 noon

Title

Director

Country

The Living Girdle

Judith Henry

US

Elephant

Shannon Plumb

US

Lana

Amy Podmore

US

Theme & Variations

Yulia Lanina

US

Fall

Kathryn Ramey

US

Kicking Up Dust

Angela Ellsworth

US

Untitled

Ana Dantas

Brazil

Our Summer Made Her Light Escape

Sasha Waters-Freyer

US

Take the Wild

Krista Davis & Cari Tangendal

Canada


Program 5: March 22, 4:30pm

Title

Director

Country

Ace and Anxious

Bri Castellini

US

25%

Pamela Mathues

Spain

For Mom

Savannah Joeckel

US

Filipina

Maribel Apuya

US

Ready for a Baby

Anastasia Dyakova

Australia

Tira Misu

Marina Esparza

US

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2017 Film Festival

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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

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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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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