by Antonia D’Amato

The 5th annual St. Francis College Women’s Film Festival is only four days away. This year the festival is going online and will run from April 14th-18th. All the festival events will be accessible via Zoom and will be free and open to the public.

Registration is needed to attend any online session via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-francis-college-5th-annual-womens-film-festival-tickets-102177553814

The festival will feature screenings, a keynote, Q&A sessions, and workshops from their sponsor Seed & Spark. 

The festival is a competition that usually showcases around 40 films of all genres from women filmmakers from all over the world. This year, there were 286 submissions from 46 countries. Out of those submissions, 44 short films from 15 countries have been accepted. 

Usually run by only Dr. Augusta Palmer and a few student interns this year is the first year that the organization of the festival was offered as a class. 

“What makes this year different is that we have an entire class working behind the scenes devoted to making our event larger and better even with our on-going pandemic,” said student and class member Marina Esparza, who has worked with the festival since 2018. 

The festival’s mission has always been to recognize new voices not only within the St. Francis College community but from the whole world, and to give not only professional female filmmakers but also student filmmakers the ability to showcase their work. 

“This year, we have more support than ever and we’re dedicated to making this happen not just for women in films but also to keep our spirits strong in the darkest of times. When we come out of this, I know that our film festival will come out stronger as well,” said Marina Esparza.

The programs include: 

Tuesday, April 14th from 1:30-4pm will be a screening of some of the short films, followed by a Q&A.

Wednesday, April 15th from 3- 4:30pm there will be a Keynote Speech by Karen Palmer, who is an award-winning international artist and TED speaker. Then, from 6-8pm will be a screening of some of the short films, followed by a Q&A.

Thursday, April 16th from 11:20am- 1:10pm will be an Art of the Pitch workshop conducted by Bri Castellini of Seed & Spark. Then, from 1:30- 2:45pm will be a screening of some of the short films, followed by a talk by Leslie Erway Wright of Zonta Club of Brooklyn. Followed by a Crowdfunding for Independence workshop from 3- 4:20pm conducted by Bri Castellini.

Friday, April 17th from 12:30- 3:20pm will be a screening of some of the short films, followed by a Q&A.

Saturday, April 18th from 2- 4:30pm will be a screening of some of the short films, followed by a Q&A. Finishing the festival at 5pm with an Awards Ceremony.

For more information, please go to:

https://www.sfc.edu/academics/undergraduate/communicationarts/womensfilmfest

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