Happy New Year!
You may have noticed that we changed our tag line, which now reads: “Feminista Film Festival celebrates female role models through documentary film.” We have expanded our scope beyond female athletes and artists, to be inclusive of role models across passions and professions.
There is no shortage of female role models. But we believe more needs to be done to shine a light on their unique stories in order to provide women and girls with reference points and sources of inspiration.
Limiting our scope to role models in sports and the arts in our 2018 film festival provided us with much needed focus in our launch year; we built relationships with dozens of filmmakers and screened 39 inspiring films for hundreds of audience members over three days.
But in our conversations with filmmakers and audience members, we found that there are many stories told through documentary film about role models in other pursuits, and women and girls want to see stories about inspiring women, not just athletes and artists.
We embrace that challenge, and see it as an opportunity to deliver against our goals to inspire audiences and connect women and girls to female role models. We will work with filmmakers and their subjects to produce a film festival in 2019 that aims to tell stories about athletes, artists, beautiful minds, change-makers and beyond. Where stories are not yet being told by documentary filmmakers, we hope that Feminista Film Festival can play a small part in motivating existing and aspiring filmmakers to tell those stories.
We can’t wait to see this year’s film submissions, and look forward to welcoming many of you at the 2019 Feminista Film Festival on 27-28 September at The Soho Hotel in London. You can follow us on social media and by signing up for our newsletter.
As ever, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Have a great 2019 - and see you at the festival!
Dan & Laurie