Hundreds of professional filmmakers will be a part of forces in New York City this summer time to create six brief movies, as a part of the fifth Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.

A grassroots initiative based in 2017 by filmmakers Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre, WWFC goals to deal with the shortage of ladies and nonbinary folks behind the digicam and on display by way of a wide range of applications, together with its signature movie problem, which locations creatives on groups to write down, shoot and edit a brief in only one weekend. This yr’s problem set for August would be the first to happen in-person for the reason that outbreak of the Covid pandemic.

Film creatives of every kind can apply for the problem totally free at this link, between June 1 and June 27. Participation can be freed from cost. Organizers predict to pick out round 200 members from a pool of greater than 1,000 functions, with the assistance of visitor judges together with cinematographers Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and Carmen Cabana; casting director Adrienne Stern; and filmmakers Anna Sang Park, Annie Sundberg, Danielle Eliska and Mahak Jiwani. Top-of-the-line tools, software program, manufacturing insurance coverage, manufacturing stipends and movie competition submission stipends shall be supplied to members, courtesy of WWFC and its sponsors, together with Zeiss, Sony, ARRI, Cinelease, Gotham Sound, Casting Networks and Final Draft.

Teams will hyperlink up for a pre-production assembly at CarStage in Long Island City in early August, with the problem kicking off on August 11, when organizers will choose a style out of a hat for every staff and announce a prop that each one movies should incorporate. Teams will start writing their scripts that night and could have till Sunday, Aug. 14, at 11:59 p.m. to submit their accomplished movie.

“We are so excited to as soon as once more be internet hosting the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge to offer a various group of gifted filmmakers with the chance to inform their tales on display,” mentioned Sayre. “Many artistic relationships have been fostered by way of our 4 earlier challenges, and the outcomes — 30 expertly crafted brief movies — show there is no such thing as a scarcity of expert ladies in each function of manufacturing.”

“While progress has been made to fight gender imbalance within the movie trade, extra work have to be completed to attain fairness,” added Medoff. “Participants will end the weekend not solely with a extremely skilled brief movie but in addition with a broad community of motivated, gifted ladies.”

Since its first problem in January 2018, WWFC has labored with greater than 700 ladies to supply 30 brief movies, which have been accepted to greater than 90 movie festivals. WWFC will host a premiere screening of this yr’s accomplished shorts at Village East in Manhattan in late August—inviting members to community with one another, in addition to different trade members at their afterparty.

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