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March 23, 2018

3rd Annual Women's Film Festival Winners

Women Making Media From The Silent Era To Virtual Reality

With more than 30 films from almost 10 countries and a series of panels with award winning filmmakers, the 3rd Annual SFC Women's Film Festival offered an amazing resource for St. Francis College students to meet, question, and learn about the craft of making movies.

(Watch Global Perspective on the Celluloid Ceiling)

A number of St. Francis College past and present students and a professor were among the award winners including Marina Esparza '21 and Shala Franciosa '19 for their short film, Tira Misu.

tira misu

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 Co-Directors Marina Esparza '21 & Shala Franciosa '19
  • 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 Award for Documentary - The Road Less Traveled, Marissa Plaia '17 & Family Unwritten, Yasmin Mistry

"I'm really proud of the way the 3rd SFC Women's Film Festival turned out," said St. Francis College Communication Arts Professor Augusta Palmer, who co-founded the festival and co-curated this year's films. "It was a pleasure to take part in conversations about women's media from the silent film to a brain-wave opera and VR. The films were great and I'm so grateful to all who helped make this fest happen - especially my interns, my co-curator [Roberta Bonisson], my colleagues, and the incredible audiences, filmmakers, sponsors and panelists!"

Among the panel discussions, Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production cast the spotlight on the contributions women have made throughout the history of filmmaking (Women Pioneers Film Project), including the early days of the industry when there were more women making movies than there are today.

Others focused on virtual reality and 360° videos, how women in the industry are organizing to help each other (Blue Collar Post Collective), and films for social change (Light on the Sea).

There were also workshops on how to pitch your idea and how to build your brand through social media.

You can watch panel discussions from the festival online at

Attached Photo: Frame from Tira Misu.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


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