Monday, April 21, 2014

Film Festival Scholarship Spring 2014

We're excited to announce the details to our Film Festival Scholarship! Women in Cinema is offering waived fees to the following film festivals to three lucky winners chosen by a panel of filmmakers including Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From), Lauren Wolkstein (The Strange Ones, Social Butterfly) and Laura Kincaid (Texas Film Commission).

Indie Memphis Film Festival
Cucalorus Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Oxford Film Festival
Lone Star Film Festival

Previous winners have gone on to play festivals including Sarasota Film Festival, deadCenter Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, AFS SXSW Shortscase and even win the IDA for Best Student Documentary.

To apply for the scholarship, you MUST be a paid member of Women in Cinema and submit your film by Friday, May 9th at noon.

You can find the application along with the officials rules on our 'Scholarship' page at the top.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Austin Film Organizations Panel

We're excited to announce Women in Cinema's April Panel on Austin Film Organizations. This is a great panel for those who are looking for summer internships and organizations to volunteer for and get involved with. These panelists will share with us their knowledge about working the film scene in Austin and working for these amazing groups!

Join us April 24th at 7PM at the CMB Studio 4D. See you there! 

Kim LeBlanc, Texas Film Commission
 Since 2009, Kim LeBlanc has been on staff at the Texas Film Commission helping to spread the good word about all of the wonderful resources available for creative industries in Texas. As a Production Consultant, she works closely with Writers, Directors, Producers, Production Designers, Studio Executives and Community Representatives, promoting Texas as a destination for filmmaking, television production, commercials, music videos, video games and still photography. Her travels have taken her to the far corners of the state and her efforts have been put forth on projects such as TRUE GRIT, TOP CHEF TEXAS and BERNIE among many others.
Prior to working for the Texas Film Commission, she had the incredibly good fortune to work for the Austin Film Society, the Austin Film Festival and Troublemaker Studios, where she was on board as an Executive Office Assistant and Assistant to Director, Robert Rodriguez. She has also served as a volunteer for SXSW Film Festival since 2009. Kim is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, where she double majored in Urban Studies and History and co-founded the university’s Film Studies minor program. 

Holly Herrick, Artistic Director, Austin Film Society

Holly Herrick joined the Austin Film Society in 2012 as Associate Artistic Director, overseeing the organization’s celebrated artist services and film programming departments.  Prior to joining AFS, she served as Deputy Programs Director at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York, and Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida.  Herrick also programmed an edition of the Newport International Film Festival in Rhode Island.  In 2011, she established a partnership between the Sarasota Film Festival and Women Make Movies. Together, the organizations created Side By Side, a symposium for the mentorship and promotion of women filmmakers, which continues to take place at the festival.  Holly associate produced Michael Tully’s narrative feature SEPTIEN (Sundance 2011), and co-produced his upcoming narrative feature, PING PONG SUMMER (Sundance 2014). Her writing has appeared on the Resources Blog of the Independent Feature Project, the editorial film website Hammer To Nail, and on IndieWire.

Elizabeth Mims, Senior Programmer, Austin Film Festival

Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts. Her 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award, and was nominated for a Spirit Award. She is currently the Senior Programmer for Austin Film Festival. 

Claudette Godfrey, Short Film Programmer and Operations Manager, South by Southwest

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Claudette began her career at SXSW in 2006 as an enthusiastic volunteer. Currently she is responsible for the curation of the 10 short film programs the festival screens each year, overseeing film submissions to the festival, and managing the organizational big picture for the event. A University of Texas Film graduate, Claudette previously worked as a Corporate Relations Coordinator at the CineVegas Film Festival and served as a Shorts Programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest from 2010-2012. Notably, and perhaps most importantly, she does a mean karaoke version of Notorious B.I.G.'s ‘Hypnotize.’ @claudasaur

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Post Production Panel

We hope everyone had an awesome spring break and SXSW! 

We’re excited to be back and kicking off the second half of the spring semester with a Post Production Panel on March 27th. As usual, there will be some awesome panelists, and we hope to everyone there!

Sandra Adair
Sandra Adair, A.C.E. is an award winning feature film editor who resides in Austin, Texas. Adair has enjoyed an ongoing artistic collaboration with film director Richard Linklater, having edited 18 films for him over the past 20 years, including the 2012 comedy Bernie, the 2013 critically acclaimed Before Midnight, and in 2014, Boyhood.  She was nominated for an Eddie Award for Best Editing of a Musical or Comedy by the American Cinema Editors in 2003 for School of Rock, and won the Best Edited Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2012 for the feature doc Shepard and Dark. Some of her other credits include Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, and the award winning documentary Sushi: The Global Catch. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors and continues to support and mentor new filmmakers in the Austin area.

Angela K. Pires
Angela K. Pires was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 1994 she began her career as editor, working mainly with advertising. In 1999 she moved to fiction and documentaries films, working as both editor and director. She edited the short doc The Invention of Childhood, winner of 17 awards, including Best Editor and Best Film. She wrote and directed The Color White, winner of 16 awards, including Best 
Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director and received a Special Mention from the Jury at Berlin 
Film Festival. In 2001 Ms. Pires moved to Austin, Texas, where she edited Born in Brazil, The Package, The Prison and The Street, Better Golf With Bruce, Lasting Images, Sweet Dutch Brazil, Trash Dance, and The Village. Trash Dance premiered at SXSW 2012 and has been an audience favorite in film festivals around the USA. The Village had its international premiere at SXSW 2013.

Lauren Sanders
As Senior Editor at Arts+Labor, Lauren oversees editorial on a wide range of projects for clients ranging from Dell to the National Cooperative Grocers Association. Her experience also includes event coverage of SXSW, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest.  Her most recent credits are post-production supervisor, assistant editor, and DIT for Kat Candler's Hellion. Currently, she's working on the documentary The Spirit Speaks, about the critically acclaimed gospel group The Jones Family Singers. Lauren is a graduate of the Radio-Television-Film program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Allison Turrell
Allison Turrell got her start in music combing the record stores in New England and hosted a grrrl centered punk rock radio show at WMPG in college. She fell in love with color photography in an Austin darkroom. She mastered the Adobe Creative Suite, working in all phases of multimedia production for several publishing companies in Austin. Allison moonlighted as a freelance photographer before getting her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media at Maryland Institute of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. While at MICA, she co-taught several courses in photography, video art and post production. Her love of the technical and creative surged in the Video and Film Arts Department where she installed video exhibits, fixed tape decks, dubbed (literally and figuratively) and helped the library build a digital arts archive. She's authored several Photoshop CS 3-5 interactive training-video series with Firefly Learning Inc. Her art has been exhibited in Austin, Baltimore, Germany and published in The Boston Review,Locus, Guernica, Now Public and the Chicago Schmap Guides. She serves as the Executive Producer and manages all phases of the post process. She co-founded Stuck On in 2007.

Thursday, March 27th
Meeting 7-7:15pm
Panel 7:15pm-9pm
CMB Building
Studio 4D

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Women in Cinema Field Trip

Women in Cinema is excited to announce a field trip to Arts + Labor, a production office in Austin, on March 25th (Tuesday) from 4-6pm. There will be a tour of A+L followed by a panel with several of their employees. There are ten slots available for paid WIC members and will be first come first serve for those who RSVP to the email ( There will also be a car pool available for anyone who needs a ride. 

Our wonderful panelists will be:
Erik Horn, Executive Creative Director + Principal
Erik’s diverse career includes directing a short cartoon series with Billy Bob Thornton for Dell, producing the video highlight reels for both Lollapalooza and ACL Fest, and creating branded content for The Plug Awards, featuring comedian Michael Showalter. His music videos have been showcased on MTV, Fuse,, SXSW and at The Edinburgh International Film Festival. Currently, he is developing a feature film script based on the work of cult author Jim Knipfel.

Susan Lazarus, Executive Producer
Susan honed her Executive Producer skills with brand marketing at a boutique Austin production and post company. There she managed creative aspects of production for spot work and the Emmy award-winning series Downtown for Austin's PBS affiliate, KLRU. Susan then launched herself as an independent producer. Her first project, Jason Marlow's film short The Big Bends, merited selection and screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Next, as Unit Production Manager for director Aaron Burns's first independent feature Blacktino, her savvy with delivering top quality on a low budget was a critical contribution. She then went back to the agency side and produced commercials for national clients at GSD&M, including AT&T and Southwest Airlines. From college gigs waitressing at Chuy's and the Continental Club to her present work with Arts+Labor Susan Lazarus knows Austin intimately and enjoys the amazing creative vibe.

Joe Nicolosi, Director + Animator
Joe Nicolosi was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 2011′s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, he attended Ithaca College in upstate New York and studied Film, Theater, and Writing. In 2009, his short film Star Wars: Retold was selected by George Lucas for top honors in the Star Wars Fan Film Challenge at the San Diego Comic-Con. The short went on to become a viral hit, with over 2 million views to date. Joe was formerly employed as a Graphic Designer + Video Editor at The Alamo Drafthouse, and as production manager for the SXSW New Media Department. He produced short film bumpers for the SXSW Film Festival in 2010 and 2011.

Stephanie Noone, Senior Producer
Stephanie has a deep background in film production, having spent five years at SXSW where she was a programmer and production coordinator. She was the Art Director for Tribeca Film's Zero Charisma, and has served as Director Joe Nicolosi's producer on several award-winning shorts, including Kittywood, The Lego Wire, and the recent online and festival hit HELL NO. In addition to her film work, Stephanie's produced numerous commercials for clients ranging from Dell to AMD. She also produced Fantastic Corpse at this year's Fantastic Fest. Stephanie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an RTF degree in 2004.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SXSW 2014

South by Southwest 2014 
will be upon the city in a few short weeks, and we couldn't be more excited for the 10 days that will be filled with fantastic films, panels, speakers, and parties. Below, we have outlined (in no particular order) films that will be at the festival with a female director. 

Congrats to all you ladies out there!

Fort Tilden
Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

I Believe in Unicorns
Director/Screenwriter: Leah Meyerhoff 

Born to Fly
Director: Catherine Gund

The Great Invisible
Director: Margaret Brown

Director: Diana Whitten

Kelly & Cal
Director: Jen McGowan, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe

She's Lost Control
Director/Screenwriter: Anja Marquardt

Take Care
Director/Screenwriter: Liz Tuccillo

We'll Never Have Paris
Directors: Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg

Butterfly Girl
Director: Cary Bell

LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story
Directors: Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog

Wicker Kittens
Director: Amy C. Elliott

Evaporating Borders
Director: Iva Radivojevic

Que Caramba es la Vida (Germany)
Director: Doris Dorrie

The Winding Stream
Director: Beth Harrington

Honeymoon (US)
Director: Leigh Janiak

Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia)
Director: Kitty Green

The Dog
Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren

Director/Screenwriter: Kat Candler

Obvious Child
Director/Screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre