SPOTLIGHT: Female Filmmakers @ ATLFF


Monday, March 27th, see the premiere of WIFTA’s own past president Fran Burst-Teranella’s narrative feature The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle, 7:00 pm, Plaza Theatre



Saturday, April 1st, come out as WIFTA sponsors the New Mavericks Narratives Shorts Block A Chapter in Her Life – 12:15 pm, 7 Stages Theater with a talk-back to follow. TICKETS


And to really enjoy all that the film festival has to offer, check out these other great women directors and filmmakers:


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:45 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

No Light and No Land Anywhere (Narrative Feature Film

This female directed, female lead film is part of our narrative competition. It deals with issues surrounding abandonment and depression, in a way that feels familiar and powerful. 

Synopsis: Grieving her mother’s death and her own failing marriage, Lexi boards a plane from London to Los Angeles in search of the estranged father. Based out of a seedy Hollywood motel, she follows a tenuous trail of breadcrumbs, beginning with his aging former in-laws, collecting numbers and addresses in the hopes that one will lead to her father. 

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Plaza Theatre

The Nine (Documentary Feature) 

This beautiful and haunting documentary was created by master photographer Katy Grannan. She crafts moving portraits of the residents of the an often forgotten and abandoned segment of society. 

Synopsis: The Nine is a no-man’s land where rules of polite society do not apply; a resting place for those who have relinquished the American dream. This emotional documentary unearths the stories of those living along the Nine in Modesto, an area in California’s Central Valley devastated by the Great Depression.
You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:15 PM, Plaza Theatre

Cortez (Narrative Feature)

This film is also part of our narrative competition. Not only does the director star as the female lead, but she also crafts an intimate portrait of failure and fatherhood in the US. 

Synopsis: Jesse—a misguided musician—finds his way to the town of Cortez where he will face old love and new relationships. Anne—a woman from his past—will teach him a little something about what happens when a rockstar lifestyle meets responsibility and how re-creating oneself doesn’t always mean saying goodbye to adventure.

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:15 PM, Plaza Theatre

 Wexford Plaza (Narrative Feature)

This female directed and female fronted film finds itself in our narrative competition as well. Strikingly poignant in its familiarity, the plight of Betty will resonate with viewers as they examine what it means to be stuck. 

Synopsis: The daily occurrences within Wexford Plaza uncover what it means for 20-year-old Betty to explore love whilst maintaining her job as a security guard. A cohabiter of the Wexford Plaza, Danny, weaves his way into Betty’s life, and both parties need to decide where their priorities lie and at what cost they come.

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

 Stories We Tell (Documentary Short Film Block)

It’s not often that we get the chance to create a documentary short film block of only female directors. But in this case, these films we found in our submissions begged to be shown together. This block of films cover topics ranging from poor neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, to a refugee fighting to bring her family to the US, to an illegal immigrant working in the US.

You can find more information about all the featured short films here

Other films you may be interested in include: City of Joy,  Wonder ValleyTwo WorldsJacksonThe League of Exotic DancersWoman on Fire, and In the Radiant City.