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  • 20 Oct 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A warm welcome to new WIFVNE members!

    Learn more about and connect with WIFVNE members by visiting the WIFVNE Member Directory.

    Isabelle Germino:  Production Assistant, Production Secretary, Writer. Follow her on Instagram @isabellegermino

    Jessica Hankey: recipient of a 2021 LEF Pre-production award

    Paige McPhee:  Production Assistant. Connect with her on LinkedIn 

  • 19 Oct 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Doc Society is seeking someone with a deep interest in non-fiction storytelling and a broad knowledge of climate-related issues to join their team as Climate Story Fund Officer.

    The Climate Story Fund supports stories and impact campaigns from around the world that move us closer to a climate just and biodiverse future. The global fund is open to creative non-fiction projects, including shorts, animation and episodic documentaries, as well as podcasts, AR/VR.

    This is a full-time work-from-home position, with a preference for someone able to work within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC−05:00) working hours.

    Learn more about the role, responsibilities, and qualifications here 

    Apply by November 1, 2021


    The DOC SOCIETY is an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world. They are a team of around 20 people working from offices in London and New York.   

  • 19 Oct 2021 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MacDowell has announced it will go from three annual application deadlines and corresponding seasons to two. That means the next application deadline will be February 10, 2022 for residencies during the period September of 2022 through February of 2023. To go along with that change, the admissions department has decided to temporarily suspend a longstanding requirement that applicants supply reference letters as part of the application process.

    MacDowell accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which MacDowell defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

    For more information and to apply, please visit the MacDowell website.

    The Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Deadline is February 10, 2022.

    Residencies: Sep 1, 2022 – Feb 28, 2023.

    Accepting Applications: Nov 1, 2021 – Feb 10, 2022. 

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  • 19 Oct 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    New Work New England provides grants of $7,500-$15,000 directly to New England artists in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater to support creating and producing new work that the artist intends to share with multiple New England communities. The focus of this pilot program is on artists and the creative process and projects that further equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.   The next deadline is December 6, 2021.  For more information, and to apply, visit the NEFA website. 


  • 15 Oct 2021 7:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WIFVNE is a chapter member of WIFT-US. All chapter members of WIFT-US voted on this statement to share in unity.

    We, the undersigned, support the protection of workers and their rights to safe workspaces, reasonable work hours and rest, and living wages.  As advocates of people underrepresented and under-protected in the entertainment industry, it is imperative that we uphold safe and regenerative working conditions, especially as we all continue to weather the strain of the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • 08 Oct 2021 10:00 AM | JoAnn Cox (Administrator)

    NewEnglandFilm.com has opened the free call for proposals for the 3rd Annual New England Film Star Award, a grant of over $3,000 in equipment rental, memberships, courses, and one-on-one mentorship. Application Deadline: October 31, 2021.

    The mission of the award is to benefit a filmmaker who has been marginalized/minoritized in mainstream cinema due to their race, gender, sexuality, class, able-bodiedness, and/or other factors.

    Finalists will be announced in November 2021, and the winner presented at the Women in Film/Video New England Annual Meeting in December 2021.

    Learn more and apply here.

    2021 Awardee Will Receive

    2021 Finalists Will Receive

  • 22 Sep 2021 2:27 PM | JoAnn Cox (Administrator)

    Wavelength Films, the award-winning production studio behind Sundance hits CUSP, FEELS GOOD MAN, and FAREWELL AMOR, has announced the return of their annual initiative, the WAVE Grant. Now in its third year, the WAVE Grant, which stands for “Women At the Very Edge,” is a $5,000 grant and mentorship program that aims to help a first-time female or non-binary filmmaker of color with the production of their first short documentary or narrative film (under 30 minutes). Wavelength also announces that the program has been so successful that they will be awarding the mentorship program and grants to the top 5 filmmakers this year.

    HERE is a video from past winners discussing the grant and how much the mentorship program from Wavelength has helped them complete their projects and moved along their filmmaking careers.

    Applications open September 13th and will close December 1st, 2021. In addition to the $5,000 grant, Wavelength provides mentorship in the producing, development and post-production of the filmmaker’s short as well as fundraising and distribution strategy. 

    Applicants can apply here on Wavelength’s website.

    For more about the WAVE grant, Wavelength’s mission, films, and upcoming releases, please visit their website at www.wavelengthproductions.com.

  • 13 Sep 2021 2:37 PM | Sophie Clark

         On Saturday, August 28th, the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project announced the winners of their eleventh annual film festival at a “best-of” screening and awards night hosted by the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport, CT. WIFVNE congratulates the award winners of this year’s New Haven 48HFP for their superb work, including the winner and runners-up of the WIFVNE-sponsored ‘Woman of the 48’ Award. Furthermore, WIFVNE would also like to recognize the dedication and hard work of all this year’s participants that made this festival possible. To find out more about the New Haven 48 Hour Film Festival, access their website via this link. To find a 48 Hour Film Festival near you, or to learn about the international organization which runs the New Haven 48s, use this link to the 48 Hour Film Project homepage.

    Here is the list of award recipients, the films they made for this year’s festival, and their filmmaking teams:


    •  Tess Pellicano, Zap by Connecticut Filmworks


    • Annalisa Boerner, Billion Dollar Maybe by Jabroni Studios

    • Tayler MacMillan, 'Beneath The Surface' with Jamie Hill by Cineslinger  

    BEST FILM OF 2021:


    • 1ST PLACE - The Right Call by Newbreed Films

    As the first-place winner, Newbreed Films’ ‘The Right Call’ will be representing the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project at Filmapalooza 2022, the international 48 Hour Film Project festival which exhibits the winning films from every host city. Winners of Filmapalooza are invited to showcase their films at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

    • 2ND PLACE - 'Beneath The Surface' with Jamie Hill by Cineslinger

    • 3RD PLACE - How They Met Themselves by West Haven Film Collective


    • GROUP A - The Right Call by Newbreed Films

    • GROUP B - Zap by Connecticut Filmworks

    • GROUP C - Spring Brake by Mother Brain


    • Nosedive by The Graduate(s)


    • The Bechdel Test by Film Gawds


    • Reid Engwall & Brien Slate, 'Beneath The Surface' with Jamie Hill by Cineslinger


    • Noah's Flood by Good, Bad and The Fugly


    • The Right Call by Newbreed Films


    • The Bechdel Test by Film Gawds


    • Billion Dollar Maybe by Jabroni Studios


    • Jeremy Sapadin, Again by 11 O'Clock Productions


    • Peyton Bristol, 'Beneath The Surface' with Jamie Hill by Cineslinger


    • How They Met Themselves by West Haven Film Collective


    • Seek Aim Attain by Dutch Elm Disease


    • Lost, Unsound by Tired of People


    • BEST USE OF CHARACTER - Soleus by Falconeer Productions

    • BEST USE OF PROP - Seek Aim Attain by Dutch Elm Disease

    • BEST USE OF LINE - Who's Gonna Stop Me? by Blackbird Entertainment

    • BEST USE OF GENRE - The Right Call by Newbreed Films


    • Nosedive by The Graduate(s)


    • Behind The 8-Ball by JAZ Ensemble


    • The Making of The Diaspora of a Rose by every one leaves new haven


    • Isabelle Gasser, Seek Aim Attain by Dutch Elm Disease

  • 13 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | JoAnn Cox (Administrator)

    The Womens Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film & Television is nominating two WFPF-preserved films for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers, and one is by WIFVNE member Liane Brandon!

    The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. Public nominations play a key role when the Librarian and Film Board are considering their final selections. You can nominate up to 50 titles per year. The Womens Film Preservation Fund selects a number of films per year which it has preserved that are particularly relevant and timely for nomination.

    The nomination form link closes on September 15, 2021, so be sure to get your nominations in before the deadline.

    Among your other nominations, please consider including:

    Betty Tells Her Story (Liane Brandon, 1972)

     Betty Tells Her Story is the poignant tale of beauty, identity and a dress – and it is considered a classic of documentary filmmaking. It is the saga of Betty’s search for “the perfect dress” – how she found just the right one . . . and never got to wear it. Then Betty tells her story again. The contrast between the two stories is haunting. Made in 1972, it was the first independent film of the Women’s Movement to explore the issues of body image, self-worth and beauty in American culture – and it has become one of the most enduring.

    Liane Brandon is an award winning independent filmmaker, photographer and University of Massachusetts/Amherst Professor Emeritus.  She was one of the first independent women filmmakers to emerge from the Women’s Movement.  Her groundbreaking films include Anything You Want To Be, Betty Tells Her Story, Once Upon A Choice and How To Prevent A Nuclear War.  They have won numerous awards and have been featured on HBO, Cinemax, and TLC and at MoMA, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barbican Centre in London and the Tribeca Film Festival and many other venues.  She is a co-founder of New Day Films. Currently working as a still photographer, her photography credits include stills for the PBS series American Experience, Nova, and American Masters Her photos have been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many other publications.  Before becoming a filmmaker, Brandon experimented with several short careers, working as a ski instructor, file clerk, high school teacher and professional stunt woman.

  • 10 Aug 2021 4:40 PM | Sophie Clark

    The 48 Hour Film Project kicked off its New Haven competition with a celebration on the evening of Friday, July 30th. The following images were taken at the Kick-Off party, which was hosted at the Beeracks, a brewery in East Haven, CT.

    (All photo credits in this article go to Sophie Clark)

    The Beeracks, the East Haven, CT brewery that hosted this year’s New Haven 48 Hour Film Project kickoff event. Not counting 2020, when the Kick-Off was completely virtual, the Beeracks has hosted the Kick-Off the last three years it has been in-person.

    After checking in, teams look over the 48HFP information packets given to them while they wait for the genre lotteries and for the required elements to be revealed.

    The Genre Plinko board is used to select this year’s team genres. Based on where the ball landed, a numbered envelope was drawn containing a colorful slip of paper with two film genres on it, which were announced to the waiting teams by Trish Clark, the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project event producer.

    Teams intently watch the 48HFP genre drawings, both from the patio tables and the parking lot, where an overflow of teams spilled out.

    The first genres of the night are drawn, for team Aligning of Screening Group C, led by Donnell Durden. This year, they had to make either a western film or a soap opera/telenovela. Group C’s films were screened at 9:00PM on Saturday, August 7th, at the Bijou Theater, Group B was screened at 7:00PM, and Group A was screened at 5:00PM on the same day.

    The Kick-Off is well underway on the Beeracks’ patio, with drinks, pizza, and a food cart to keep teams busy while they wait for the genre reveal to finish.

    Representatives from Weston, CT’s JAZ Ensemble, a first-time competitor that screened in Group A and was headed by Zaman Khan. They were assigned to make either a suspense-thriller or soap opera film this year, or some combination of the two.

    Competitors eat pizza, drink, and watch with their teams as the genre selections for each team are drawn.

    The team members attending the Kick-Off on behalf of Screening Group B’s Dutch Elm Disease, which was led by Benjamin Hacht. Shortly after this picture was taken, they were assigned by Genre Plinko to create either a period and/or comedy genre piece for this year’s film.

    Teammates confer as the genres are revealed. Every team is given two possible genres to work with, and must use one or both of them in their film.

    The team members from New Haven-based Jabroni Studios, now in its fourth year of taking part in the New Haven 48s. This year, when given the choice between making a social commentary film or a film de femme, they settled on film de femme, a genre they described as the 70% female-staffed company’s “wheelhouse”. This is because, by pure coincidence, they have remarkable personal experience in this genre: they’ve been randomly assigned to create film de femme pieces all four years they’ve been taking part in the New Haven 48s. This year, they screened in Group B, and were led by Nina Gumkowski.

    The taproom of the Beeracks, where the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project took place this year.

    The team representatives from Screening Group A’s Blackbird Entertainment, which was headed by Ronald Delucia. Dwayne Williamson (pictured at left) stated that this was their team’s first year competing in the New Haven 48s. This year, they were chosen to create either a fish-out-of-water or revenge film, or a blend of both genres.

    While contestants look on, Trish reveals another team’s genre choices. Many competitors were on their phones during Genre Plinko and the required element reveal in order to coordinate with teammates who couldn’t attend the event in-person. Only one member of every team was required to check in at the Kick-Off in-person. Whether they had health concerns over COVID-19 or wanted to get a jump on film work once the event ended by staying home, many teams had members who did not attend the Kick-Off.

    The Beeracks created an exclusive drink in honor of their hosting the New Haven 48HFP’s kickoff event this year. It was titled “Sleep is for the Week”, in honor of the inevitably sleepless weekends that go into competing in a 48 Hour Film event.

    Trish Clark announces a team’s genres while camera operator Eamon Lineham monitors the event live stream through his camera. For this year’s event, a Facebook Live stream was created so that those who couldn’t attend the Kick-Off in-person would still be able to watch the genre and required element reveals online.

    (L-R) Eamon Lineham and Kevin Ewing, who managed the New Haven 48HFPs Facebook Live stream for the evening; the livestream ensured accessibility for those who could not attend the Kick-Off in-person. Ewing, the CEO of local sponsor Baobab Tree Studios, has been involved with the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project for 6-7 years now. He said he was initially inspired to get involved with the New Haven 48s by his love of making movies, as well as a desire to support local ventures in the film industry.

    Trish opens the envelope containing this year’s required elements. All teams had to include the three elements -- a line of dialogue, a character, and a prop -- in their films.

    Trish unveils this year’s required character, prop, and line of dialogue, while the teams listen eagerly.

    This year’s required elements, taped to the Genre Plinko board after they were announced. All of this year’s films had to noticeably include these three things: the character Victoria or Vincent Bolton (teams are allowed to choose the gender), who is an Olympic alternate, a prop microphone, and the line of dialogue “I’m/I am [again, teams are allowed to choose how they want this to be written] kind of a big deal”.

    Once the Kick-Off ended at 7:00PM, when the required elements were announced, teams began to disperse to their respective headquarters for the night. Some left as soon as the announcement was made, while others lingered to chat, or to question Trish about festival rules.

    New Haven 48HFP information packets in hand, teams hurried to their cars after the required elements were announced so they could start working on their films.

    A wine glass rests on a table next to the Genre Plinko board, which was used to assign this year’s team genres.

    The envelope that contained this year’s required elements, which were revealed at the end of the evening.

    Trish stays on after the kickoff event to answer filmmakers' questions.

    Several of the organizers of the New Haven 48HFP Kickoff event: (L-R) Trish Clark, who is the producer of the New Haven 48 Hour Film Festival, Mary Connata, and Elizabeth Clark. Trish has been involved in producing the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project for eleven years, and often involves her sister Elizabeth (pictured at right) in the organizing. Connata, meanwhile, has been involved in the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project for the last three to four years.

    A curious door over the event space that opened onto thin air. The experience of working on the 48 Hour Film Project is not unlike stepping through such a door - you never quite know what’s going to happen once you do, but it’s certainly going to be unforgettable.

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