Short Film Showcase Winners!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Short Film Showcase!  We had a great turnout with over 100 people in attendance.  Please see below for all the winners: 

Best Short Film
CHRISTINE
 
Best Director
Amanda Brooke Avery for LEAVING CHARLIE
 
Best Actor 
Angela Reed
REUNION
 
Best Female Representation
WONDERGLASS
 
Special Mentions/Jury Award
IN A HEARTBEAT
 
Special Mentions/Jury Award
NEONATAL 
 
For more information on the filmmakers and their films, please see below: 
 
Spaghetti Romance
Directed by: Carrie Finklea
@Carriefinklea

Set in Sicily, Abby meets her girlfriend’s conservative mother for the first time.   When the encounter goes awry, she decides to take matters into her own hands –Italian style.

Leaving Charlie

Directed by: Amanda Brooke Avery & Diane Calhoun

@leavingcharlie

www.leavingcharlie.com

A young queer woman discovers and re-evaluates her boundaries in life and in her job as a stripper.

Christine

Directed by: Jessica Adler

www.christinethemovie.com 

With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.

Wonderglass

Directed by: Lauryn Johnson

Fourteen year olds were interviewed with the objective of learning their story.

Numbness

Directed by: Milad Jarmooz

@MiladJarmooz

@numbness_movie

Setareh has been abused by her husband the day after their wedding.

Bloom

Directed by: Isabel Hickok

www.isabelhickok.com/bloom

Bloom, whose literal Chinese translation is “flower open,” explores the story of Rose, an Asian-American woman who struggles to find self acceptance in spite of a societal white beauty standard that works against her.

4242

Directed by: Sara Eustáquio

@saraeustaquio

@4242ShortFilm

Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. 
At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference. ‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.

Reunion

Directed by: Eva Kaminsky

www.evakaminsky.com

www.tinychaosproductions.com

A lonely New Yorker is forced to examine the monotony of her life when confronted with the terrifying possibility of attending her 25th High School Reunion.

C’est Moi

Directed by: Howard J. Davis

@cestmoifilm

www.howardjdavis.com

Set in modern day Montréal “C’est Moi” explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France. How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?

An Actor Prepares?

Directed by: Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp

An ode to “An Actor Prepares” by Constantin Stanislavsky as a how-to instructional… Or more like a how-not-to.


Patty Jenkins Shows Female Direction Equals Success

Wonder Woman has become a global hit with both critical acclaim and large box office numbers. Much of this success has been down to one woman, director Patty Jenkins. She is the first female director to make a film with a budget over $100 million and now holds the record for the best box office debut for a female director. So far the film has grossed over $430 million worldwide.

Jenkins attributes the film’s success to the change in cinema audiences. The director told Forbes: “There was such a obsession in the industry that teenage boys are the primary target box office. That actually changed quite a while ago and the bottom fell out of that because of piracy. But the industry has had a hard time shifting to acknowledging that they need to hit a more diverse audience.”

Many females in the industry will be hoping that Wonder Woman is the first step to a big change in the film industry rather than an anomaly. The Forbes article notes that only 4% of directors in Hollywood are women and only a very small number work on the more popular action and thriller genres.

Wonder Woman is Patty Jenkins’ second feature film as a director. Her first was the highly acclaimed 2003 drama Monster starring Charlize Theron who won an Oscar for her role. The Hollywood Reporter attributes Wonder Woman’s success to the storytelling and direction of Monster. They believe that Jenkins’ deep understanding of characters, whether the story is about a serial killer or a superhero, is why audiences were able to connect with Wonder Woman.

It is a surprise then to realize how big the gap was between her two films. Despite directing several television episodes in the intervening years it is clear that cinema has missed out on a big talent. It is also fair to point out that if a male director had produced a debut film as successful as Monster the call from the studios would have come much sooner.

Wonder Woman has been seen as the first viable DC film to be in direct competition with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The other DC Universe films, Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, while performing well at the box office were not well received. In a twist of fate Jenkins was signed up to direct the second Thor film but left after creative differences over the film’s direction. Marvel’s loss has clearly been DC’s gain as Wonder Woman holds a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 66% for Thor The Dark World.

Interest in superheroes and supernatural humans is currently the most profitable genre in cinema. This knock on effect has been felt across the media with leading gaming site Slingo launching a slot game called Zeus based on the famous Greek god who also happens to be Wonder Woman’s father in the film. With the success of Wonder Woman, fans can expect even more games and movies that are indirectly linked to her powers and heritage.

While Jenkins is not officially singed on to direct the next Wonder Woman film it is highly unlikely that Warner Brothers will want to disrupt a winning formula. Now the rest of the film industry has to follow and start putting their trust in more female directors.


WIFTA: Master the Art of Social Media & Branding

Wednesday, June 28 | 6:30-9:00PM

General Assembly | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

FREE for WIFTA Members | $20 for non-members

Join social media experts for a social media workshop geared toward film professionals in all aspects of the industry/ Learn how to brand yourself through various social channels to further your online presence.

Greer Howard and Beth Keener from The Local Lense and WIFTA Social Media Director Tammi Jones Tanaka will provide their perspectives during mini workshops followed by a Q&A at the end. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and beyond.

Attend 6:30-7:00PM for extra assistance. Arrive early for a mini workshop on how to set up social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Volunteers will be on hand to who need the most basic instruction on how to start a page.

  • Create a brand for yourself
  • Generate a social media presence
  • Tips on content, photos and relevant hashtags
  • Best use of each social media platform
  • Set up social media platforms

Click here to sign up


Actors Track – June

Victoria Spencer Smith will be teaching this week! 

The Actor Prepares will assist actors into getting behind the story through their own body and soul. This workshop will start with finding all the clues in the script then moving into the performance. Every actor will have an opportunity to take up their work as themselves merging with their character in the story. We will be working on famous movies and/or television scripts for this one.

June 27, 2017

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Atlanta Movie Tours
327 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Registrants – Please take a look at this before coming to class if you have time: https://youtu.be/nUSMzJRIqdk


Short Film Showcase: Highlighting Female Filmmakers

Each year Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), often in conjunction with Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), hosts a short film showcase that highlights the work of talented filmmakers throughout the Southeast and beyond. There is a focus on uplifting the works of strong women filmmakers, crews, and leads. We accept entries from independent filmmakers from all genres – drama, comedy, action, sci-fi animation, spiritual/gospel, documentary and experimental.

In an effort to merge the art and film communities in Atlanta, WIFTA is connecting with local artists to to include a local performance art piece in the Showcase.

July 24, 2017

Reception will begin at 6PM  at Trashy Diva

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & cocktails

675 Highland Ave. NE
Talent Showcase & Screenings: 7 – 9:30PM

Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Click here to register: https://wifta.wildapricot.org/event-2577049

***Tickets will be available for purchase at the door***


Writer’s Workshop Series

Join WIFTA for a writer’s workshop series taught by Pilar Alessandra and Linda Sherbert for only $279.

***YOU MUST ATTEND 1ST WORKSHOP IN ORDER TO PURCHASE THE 2ND OR 3RD WORKSHOP IF YOU ARE NOT PURCHASING AS A PACKAGE

  • Session 1 with Pilar Alessandra: Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($129)
  • Session 2 with Linda Sherbert: Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($99)
  • Session 3 with Linda Sherbert: Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.($99)
  •  
    During Weekend 1, you will:
  • Identify the tone and scope of your series;
  • Break story on your original pilot;
  • Make decisions about structure;
  • Define your characters and prospective relationships;
  • Explore episode and arc potential;
  • Leave with all of the components you need to explore your new series and write your pilot; and
  • A complete first draft is not required to take this class.

PILAR ALESSANDRA is the director of the writing program On the Page®, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” Pilar started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers’ Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, Lost, House of Lies, Nip Tuck and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Screenwriting Competition and Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop. Pilar has trained writers at ABC/Disney and CBS and traveled the world teaching in London, Beijing, Warsaw, Lisbon and South Africa. For more on Pilar, go to: www.onthepage.tv

During the next two weekends, Linda Sherbert will give you the nuts and bolts to continue writing your script.

In these two workshops, you will focus on the following:

  • Basics of screenwriting
  • Conflict & character exploration
  • Structuring scenes & sequences to build a story
  • Story structure (beginnings, middles & endings)
  • Visual storytelling
  • Story mapping, character, scene & story goal exploration
  • Log lines

Linda Sherbert is a veteran writer, script consultant, and instructor of screenwriting courses. Currently, she is working on several screenplays, one of which garnered interest from Disney. She has worked as a teaching artist at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre since 2003, where she taught the dramatic writing courses and continues to teach the screenwriting courses. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Art Institute of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University, and Emory University. She has been a guest lecturer at SCAD since 2011. She earned an MFA at Catholic University, and she continues to study screenwriting with a UCLA film instructor. In Los Angeles, she has coached writers on how to pitch. She writes for national magazines. She is one of Atlanta’s busiest script consultants for film and TV.

The registration link is below:
https://wifta.wildapricot.org/event-2566632

Location:

Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318


Join us for the 2017 Women in Production Summit

Save the Date: June 17, 2017

12pm – 7pm at Georgia State University

Making Georgia the Most Diverse & Women-Friendly Market in the Country

Join us and hundreds of women in the film industry for a day of networking and empowerment.

Judith Williams, head of Global Diversity for Dropbox, is the keynote speaker at this year’s Women in Production Summit.

Lydia Dean Pilcher will return to update us on strategies to get our women-driven content into the market and in between there will be discussions on how to handle it when sexual harassment happens on our sets. 
 
We’ll wrap with a networking mixer you won’t want to miss!
 
We expect to sell out, so get your tickets soon!

Register here –> wips2017.eventbrite.com


How Legislation Gets Passed in the Midnight Hour

WIFTA MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PROGRAM

Explaining the legislative process from start to finish
Roles people can play to be active within the process
Why is it important for you to be active & who writes these bills?
Potential threats to tax incentives
HB 199, Georgia Entertainment Industry Post-production Investment Act

Moderator: Lee Morin, Attorney
Panelists: Jill Chambers, Business Consultant/Lobbyist
Lewis A. Massey, Lobbyist/Partner – Massey, Watson, Bowers & Hembree LLC.

Wednesday, May 24th
Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
6:30PM – 9PM

Click here to register. 


Actor’s Track: Owning Your Oneness with One-Liners

Victoria Spencer Smith will be challenging your 5 lines-and-under acting chops with ​TV ​and film scripts. This workshop is perfect if you are a beginner or seasoned actor who just needs to be reminded of a few amazing tools. She will start with a few Meisner exercises to get us connected and in our body​ ​and then we will​l go ​until everyone feels confident in their 5 lines-and-​u​nder material.

Wednesday, May 17

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Atlanta Movie Tours | 327 Nelson Street, Atlanta, GA 30313

6:30pm – 9:00pm

FREE for WIFTA Members | $25 Guests

Click here to register.