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16th Annual Woodstock Film Fest Brings Highest Percentage of Female Directors in History of the Festival

outstanding number of films by female directors, conversations, and more to highlight 2015 Fest

(Woodstock, NY) September 14, 2015 - The Woodstock Film Festival's Spotlight on Women in Film & Media initiative highlights exciting new works by some of today's most talented, established and up-and-coming female directors. Working closely with organizations such as the Film Fatales Collective, the 2015 festival lineup features more female directors than ever before with 25 of the 53 feature-length narrative and documentary films helmed by women, as well as many other female-directed shorts (17). The initiative also includes a panel exploring gender equality and the changing status of women in film and television, presented by New York Women in Film & Television, and the 3rd Annual Tangerine Entertainment Award will be presented for Best Female Director.

“It is an honor to be able to provide a platform for so many talented women filmmakers this year,” said Meira Blaustein, co-founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. “I’m thrilled that the Woodstock Film Festival can play a part in supporting the steps towards gender equality.”

While Hollywood’s gender gap is still glaringly evident, the Woodstock Film Festival is making significant strides towards closing this gap. Over the last seventeen years “the percentage of women working as writers, editors and producers has dropped,” Variety magazine reported in January of this year, “with women comprising only seven percent of directors on the biggest moneymakers.” According to a study released this spring by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the numbers are only slightly better for independent film: women directed twenty-nine percent of independent documentaries over the past year, and eighteen percent of the narrative features not made by major Hollywood studios. The Woodstock Film Festival sets a strong countertrend to these numbers, by providing independent female directors with a bigger platform than ever.

WOMEN IN FILM 2015 HighLights: 

Women in Film and Media PANEL: Enough, Already! Changing the Status of Women in Film and Television
SATURDAY 10/3, 2PM @ KLEINERT JAMES ART CENTER

As part of the initiative to promote female directors in film, the Woodstock Film Festival will host a panel discussion entitled: Women in Film and Media: Enough, Already! Changing the Status of Women in Film and Television, presented by New York Women in Film & Television. The panel comprised of industry veterans on the forefront of action towards gender will include: award-winning filmmaker and Film Fatales founder Leah Meyerhoff (I Believe in Unicorns), industry veteran and co-president of Tangerine Entertainment Anne Hubbell, actor/director Rose McGowan, a representative from the ACLU, and producer Alexis Alexanian who will moderate. 

Tangerine Entertainment, along with NYWIFT and UPWIFT, will also host a private reception following the panel to celebrate all of this year's female filmmakers. Tickets for the panel are available ONLINE HERE or at the Box Office at 13 Rock City Road in Woodstock.

 

THE TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

Launched at WFF in 2013 and now in its 3rd year at the festival the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award will be given to the best female director. Tangerine Entertainment is an innovative film production company and community builder focused on commercially viable, critically acclaimed stories for all audiences, with an emphasis on female filmmakers and strong roles for women. Created and headed by Anne Hubbell and Amy Hobby, Tangerine has a clear and specific agenda aimed at increasing the presence of smart, complex women both behind and in front of the camera. Launched at WFF, the award is now given out at many other film festivals.

Our past two recipients have been Caryn Waechter, director of The Sisterhood of Night (2014) and Stacie Passon, director of Concussion (2013).
 

FILM FATALES MEET-UP AND PANEL DISCUSSION: CELEBRATING FEMALE DIRECTORS AT THE FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 10/2, 3:30PM @ COMMUNE SALOON BEARSVILLE

In association with the Woodstock Film Festival, Film Fatales, a collective of female directors providing mentorship and community support for female filmmakers, will host a meet-up and panel discussion celebrating the female directors at this year's festival. The panel will feature Film Fatales Founder, Leah Meyerhoff, and the talented members of the Film Fatales collective at this year's festival: Laurie Weltz (Scout), Sasha Gordon (It Had To Be You), Katie Cokinos (I Dream Too Much), and Holly Morris & Anne Bogart (The Babushkas of Chernobyl). 

Courtesy of Film Fatales, Photo by Joe Tanis

Find out more about Film Fatales and their members HERE.

Learn more about all of the talented women and their films at this year's Woodstock Film Festival below:

FEMALE DIRECTED FILMS AT WFF THIS YEAR: 

Narrative Features:

Documentary Features: 

 

 

 

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Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals world wide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 16th Anniversary, September 30-October 4, 2015, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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