Women + Film Festival: women-centric documentaries, narratives and short films
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Embracing its mission to have diverse audiences discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences, the Denver Film Society will host the Women+Film Festival at the Sie FilmCenter April 9-14. Now in its 9th year, the Festival will celebrate the year’s best women-centric documentaries, narratives and short films—both by and about women.
Of the top 100 grossing films of 2018 women made up 4% of the Directors, 15% of the Writers, 18% of the Executive Producers and 3% of the Cinematographers, according to the Center for the Study of Women in television and film.
“With the growing focus on the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, especially women with diverse backgrounds, the Festival is an important platform to shine the light on women working behind the scenes to create change,” says Founder Barbara Bridges.
In addition to the 15+ films that will debut at the Sie FilmCenter, the festival will host several special events for attendees, including a conversation with Gretchen Carlson, filmmaker, journalist, author and former Miss America who will be interviewed by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado President, Lauren Y. Casteel on April 11—presented by SeriesFest in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Her documentary “Breaking the Silence” followed untold stories of sexual harassment and abuse across the county.
On Friday, April 12th the Women+Film Awards Brunch will host documentary filmmaker, philanthropist and activist Abigail Disney, grandniece of Walt Disney, who will be recognized for her work behind the scenes and as an active supporter of peacebuilding. Disney is an Emmy-winning director and producer along with being CEO and president of Fork Films, where she espouses her passion for advancing women’s roles in the industry. In 2009, Abigail founded Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that inspires action through media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the frontline of peacebuilding worldwide.
To learn more about the festival, view a full listing of scheduled events and to purchase tickets HERE. Tickets can also be purchased directly at the Sie FilmCenter.