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WIFVNE 2020 Annual Meeting of Members

  • 02 Dec 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online event using Remo
  • 256


  • Members of Brown Girls Doc Mafia
  • For members of WIF chapters

Join WIFVNE members and the New England filmmaking community for a celebration of women storytellers and the great work being produced in our region.

Our Guest Speakers 

Ruth E. Carter is the 2019 Academy Award winner for Achievement in Costume Design for Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER making history as the first African-American to win in the category. Carter wows audiences and dazzles critics alike with costumes inspired by traditional African tribal wear merged with a contemporary look delivering fashion and function, incorporating technology, and creating such authenticity, ownership, and empowerment for the characters and viewers; cementing her as one of the preeminent voices and experts on Afro aesthetics.

A career spanning more than three decades in theater, cinema, and television, Carter’s depth of artistry flowing together with her creative instincts, passion for culture and history, empathy for people, enormous capacity for research, eye for detail, and ability to deliver the director’s vision while infusing her art makes her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world; earning her over forty film credits including two additional Academy Award nominations for MALCOLM X (1993) and AMISTAD (1998) and an Emmy nomination for the reboot of television mini-series ROOTS (2016). 

This conversation will be moderated by Nerissa Williams Scott, WIFVNE Board Member & WIFTI Board Member.

Peilin Chou is an Animation Film Producer with an overall deal at Netflix Animation. Her most notable producing credits include Over the Moon, an animated musical feature film directed by Glen Keane which premiered on Netflix in October 2020, and Abominable, an animated feature co-production with DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio directed by Jill Culton, which launched theatrically worldwide in September of 2019.  

Prior to joining Netflix, Peilin was the Chief Creative Officer of Pearl Studio (formerly Oriental DreamWorks). In her 5 year tenure at Pearl Studio, Peilin oversaw the overall mission and creative direction of the studio, including the development and production of all Pearl Studio films and projects, as well as the creative oversight of all marketing, PR, and consumer products initiatives. Peilin started her career in features at the Walt Disney Studios where she was a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation and Touchstone Pictures. In those roles, she developed and oversaw dozens of feature film projects, of which two of her favorites are: Mulan and Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion.  

This conversation will be moderated by Sharon Contillo, WIFVNE Board Member.

Gennie Rim is an Emmy award-winning producer whose career in animation spans 20+ years. She has worked at Pixar and Disney on various films such as Cars, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Up. After leaving Disney, she produced several independent and commercial projects including the Academy Award winning animated short Dear Basketball with Glen Keane and the late Kobe Bryant. Gennie recently executive produced the animated preschool series Trash Truck for Netflix and the feature animated musical adventure Over the Moon alongside director Glen Keane.

This conversation will be moderated by Sharon Contillo, WIFVNE Board Member.

Presentation of the New England Film Star Awards

The winner of the 2020 New England Film Star Award, a grant to be given to a film project by a marginalized filmmaker residing in New England, will be announced at the WIFVNE 2020 Annual Meeting of Members. This grant represents’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers from all backgrounds. Pictured from left to right:  Delores Edwards, Melissa McClung, Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid, Georden West, Michelle Falcón Fontánez, Gabrielle Rosson, and Stephanie Stender.  More information can be found at here. 

WIFVNE extends special thanks to our fabulous
2020 WIFVNE Annual Meeting of Members Event Sponsors! 
ECAST Productions, GBH Production Group, and High Output 

WIFVNE also thanks our event and table sponsors!
Animus Studios, Rule Boston Camera, Wachsler CPA LLC, and TCGT Entertainment

Your generous support is truly appreciated! 

WIFVNE thanks She+ Geeks Out for hosting the 2020 WIFVNE Annual Meeting of Members.

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