Looking for an audience? Deadlines for fests, funds & workshops

San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (WAB Extended deadline)
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AFI Directing Workshop for Women (Application deadline)
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Dortmund Cologne International Women’s Film Festival (Submission deadline)
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Seen and Heard Festival (Submission deadline)
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International Black Women’s Film Festival

(Submission deadlines: earlybird Jan. 31 / regular Mar. 10 / late Mar. 17)
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Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival (WAB Extended deadline for documentaries)
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Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival (WAB Extended deadline for features and shorts)  Click here for submission information.

International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul (Submission deadline)
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Sundance Institute Documentary Fund (Application deadline)
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Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona (Submission deadline for medium-length & feature films)
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Viscera Film Festival (Submission deadline)
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Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Submission deadline)
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Lunafest (Submission deadline)
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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series

(Submission deadlines: earlybird Mar. 15 / regular June 11 / late June 20)                             Click here for submission information.

Native American Public Telecommunications 2012 Public Media Content Fund  (Application deadline)

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Reading Albert Nobbs

With Oscar buzz around Albert Nobbs for Glenn Close (who finally deserves one of those golden bad boys — 5-time nominee!) and her recent Golden Globe nom for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (2-time winner!), I’m dying to see the film.  It’s in a platform (limited) release now with select screening engagements, but it rolls out in a hopefully wide release across the U.S. on January 27.  Itching to know more about it, I googled the website and visited it for the first time, only to find a nugget of creative gold: the SHOOTING SCRIPT!  How stoked am I?! And because it’s a shooting script, the film will play out as it’s laid out in the script.  I’ve been burned before, especially by a brilliant Charlie Kaufman script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, only to find that after reading it, the film had a totally different ending.  Disappointed by an earlier draft! (But still a very good film.)

Has providing a shooting script online been done for many other films?  I haven’t heard of it before, and usually find scripts through websites dedicated to providing them.  But I think it’s absolutely brilliant and would like to see more studios and production companies follow suit.  Do you know of other scripts that are online of movies just being released or soon to be?  Send the links my way, please!

I’m now planning a time today to curl up with my laptop and read all 108 pages of what’s sure to be a lovely romp through Gabriella Prekop’s, John Banville’s and Glenn Close’s minds…

Would you like to read it, too?  Here it is, and please, if you’re feeling the urge, leave your comments below!  I’d love to hear what others think.

Read the Albert Nobbs shooting script by clicking here.

The Women of the Golden Globes

With another week gone, we’re inching closer to the end of yet another year and marching into yet another season of film and television awards.  Golden Globe nominations were announced about a week and a half ago and Oscar nominations are soon to come (Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:30 AM pacific standard time, to be exact).  Variety just announced that the ballots have been mailed to 5,738 members of the Academy.

Though I’m usually excited around this time of year for nominations and examinations of nominations and analyses of examinations of nominations, I’m downright pissed off and a little saddened that Nadine Labaki’s film “Where Do We Go Now?” was not nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film).  Oh, the humanity!!!  This is by far one of the best films of 2011, painstakingly crafted and beautifully told.  It’s hard to say when my bitterness will begin to subside.  I take solace in the fact that Labaki has secured U.S. distribution through Sony Pictures Classics for this film.  At least American audiences will get to see it in theatres.

Interestingly, two films directed by women snagged the lead actresses nominations for their performances (drama), but the directors received nothing (see Streep’s nom for The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and Swinton’s nom for We Need to Talk About Kevin directed & co-written by Lynne Ramsay). As everyone seems to be adding their spin, take and well-deserved grumpy analysis of the continued lack of nominations for women’s stories and women artists and artists of color, I’ll try to avoid that here (though I do agree!), but I will say here’s to a new year of continuing to promote the work of women filmmakers and women in film!  Check out the names of women below who’ve played key roles in the making of these nominated films.



(Based on the novel by KAUI HART HEMMINGS)

“The Help” 

(Based on the novel by KATHRYN STOCKETT; Executive Producers include: Jennifer Blum; Co-producer: Sonya Lunsford)


(Executive Producers include: Barbara De Fina, Christi Dembrowski, Emma Tillinger)

“The Ides of March”

(Producers include: Barbara A. Hall, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Nina Wolarsky)


(Producers include: Rachael Horovitz; Co-producer: Alissa Phillips)

“War Horse”

(Executive Producers include: Revel Guest; Producer: Kathleen Kennedy; Co-producer: Tracey Seaward)



(Co-producers include: Nicole Brown and Kelli Konop)

“The Artist”

(Co-producer: Nadia Khamlichi)


(Writers: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo; Associate Producer: Lisa Yadavaia; Co-producers: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig)

“Midnight in Paris”

(Producers include: Letty Aronson; Co-producers include: Helen Robin)

“My Week With Marilyn”

(Associate Producer: Cleone Clarke)


Glenn Close – “Albert Nobbs”

(Writers include: Glenn Close and Gabriella Prekop; Producers include: Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn; Co-executive Producers include: Marcia Allen)

Viola Davis – “The Help”

(Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; Executive Producers include:  Jennifer Blum; co-producer: Sonya Lunsford)

Rooney Mara – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

(Executive Producer: Anni Faurbye Fernandez; Co-producer: Berna Levin)

Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”

(Director: Phyllida Lloyd; Writer: Abi Morgan; Executive Producers include: Tessa Ross; Co-producers: Anita Overland, Colleen Woodcock; Editor: Justine Wright)

Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

(Director & Co-writer: Lynne Ramsay: Executive Producers include:  Paula Jalfon, Lisa Lambert, Christine Langan, Lynne Ramsay, Tilda Swinton; Producers include: Jennifer Fox; Co-executive Producers include: Suzanne Baron; Associate Producers include: Molly Egan)


Jodie Foster – “Carnage”

(Co-writer and based on her play: Yasmina Reza)

Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”

(Writer: Diablo Cody; Executive Producers include: Helen Estabrook; Producers include: Diablo Cody, Lianne Halfon, Charlize Theron; Co-producers include: Beth Kono, Kelli Konop; Editor: Dana Glauberman)

Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”

(Writers: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo; Associate Producer: Lisa Yadavaia; Co-producers: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig)

Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”

(Associate Producer: Cleone Clarke)

Kate Winslet – “Carnage”

(Co-writer and based on her play: Yasmina Reza)


Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”

(Co-producer: Nadia Khamlichi)

Jessica Chastain – “The Help”

(Based on the novel by KATHRYN STOCKETT; Executive Producers include: Jennifer Blum; Co-producer: Sonya Lunsford)

Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs”

(Writers include: Glenn Close and Gabriella Prekop; Producers include: Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn; Co-executive Producers include: Marcia Allen)

Octavia Spencer – “The Help”

(Based on the novel by KATHRYN STOCKETT; Executive Producers include: Jennifer Blum; Co-producer: Sonya Lunsford)

Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

(Based on the novel by KAUI HART HEMMINGS)


I hear crickets for women in this category.  Hmm, par for the course?


“The Adventures of Tintin”

(Producers include: Kathleen Kennedy)

“Arthur Christmas”

(Director and screenplay: Sarah Smith; Executive Producers include: Carla Shelley)

“Cars 2”

(Producer: Denise Reahm)

“Puss ‘n Boots”

(Executive Producers include: Michelle Raimo; Producers include: Latifa Ouaou)


(Co-producer: Shari Hanson)


Really?  No women?  Yup.  No women in this category!


“The Flowers of War” (“Jing Ling Shi San Chai”) – China

(No women credited as key creatives)

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (“Le Gamin au Velo”) – USA

(Director & Writer: Angelina Jolie; Executive Producer: Holly Goline; Producers include: Angelina Jolie; Editor: Patricia Rommel)

“The Kid with a Bike” (Belgium)

(Executive Producer: Delphine Tomson; Associate Producers include: Bernadette Meunier, Arlette Zylberberg)

“A Separation” (“Jodaeiye Nader az Simin”) – Iran

(Executive Producer: Negar Eskandarfar; Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari)

“The Skin I Live In” (“La piel que habito”) – Spain

(Producers include: Esther García; Associate Producer: Bárbara Peiró)


“Lay Your Head Down” – “Albert Nobbs” – Music by: Brian Byrne; Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“The Living Proof” – “The Help” – Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.;Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas
“Masterpiece” – “W.E.” – Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

DVD Releases

Looking for some flicks to watch, especially over the holidays?  Me, too!  I’ve amassed a list below of several new and upcoming DVD releases.  Did you miss a lot of these on the festival circuit or in the theatre like I did?  Included in the list are also some foreign films (like Happy, Happy, from Norway) and documentaries (like Bag It and The Other F Word, looking forward to seeing this one) as well as some TV films (like Toast).  These are all films either directed by a woman or featuring female protagonists (or written/co-written by a woman), so get your movie on this holiday season by supporting these new films!

DVDs out now:

THE TEMPEST (directed by Julie Taymor, starring Helen Mirren)

TANNER HALL (directed by Tatiana von Furstenburg and Francesca Gregorini, starring Rooney Mara)

January 2012:

HIGHER GROUND (directed by Vera Farmiga)

TOAST (directed by SJ Clarkson)

DIRTY GIRL (directed by Abe Sylvia, starring Juno Temple and Milla Jovovich)

ROMEOS (directed by Sabine Bernardi)

ANOTHER HAPPY DAY (directed by Sam Levinson, starring Ellen Barkin (who also produces), Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn)

HAPPY, HAPPY (directed by Anne Sewitsky, written by Ragnhild Tronvoll, starring Agnes Kittelsen)

THE OTHER F WORD (directed by Andrea Blaugrund) Currently playing & opening in cities across the U.S.

SPORK (directed by J.B. Ghuman Jr., starring Savannah Stein)

CHALET GIRL (directed by Phil Traill, starring Felicity Jones and Brooke Shields)

ELEVATE (directed by Anne Buford)


SEDUCING CHARLIE BARKER (directed by Amy Glazer, starring Daphne Zuniga and Heather Gordon)

TINY FURNITURE (directed by and starring Lena Dunham)

BUTTERFLY CRUSH (directed by Alan Clay, starring Hayley Fielding and Courtney Hale)

HEART OF NOW (directed by Zak Forsman, starring Marion Kerr)

HONEY 2 (directed by Bille Woodruff, co-written by Alyson Fouse, starring Katerina Graham)

THE SPACE BETWEEN (directed by Travis Fine, starring Melissa Leo and AnnaSophia Robb)

MIGHTY MACS (directed by Tim Chambers, starring Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn)

INSIGHT (directed by Richard Gabai, starring Natalie Zea)



BAG IT (directed by Suzan Beraza, written by Michelle Curry Wright)

FRESH (directed by Ana Sofia Joanes)

Multiple lives: Transmedia storytelling

Transmedia is rapidly becoming a more well-known term, and has been THE buzz word for new films, games, TV shows and web series for awhile now, but do you know what it is? And if you do, do you have a transmedia component to your film?  In short, transmedia is the multiple lives your story can have across multiple media: apps, graphic novels, interactive websites, web series to support a TV show, game to support a film, etc.

I’m not sure what the U.S. film and TV industry expects in terms of transmedia, whether we’re ahead of, behind or right in line with many other nations, but I know that in Canada, most TV networks won’t give you much time if you don’t come to them with a transmedia component fleshed out when you pitch your story.  This year, a couple of transmedia efforts have caught my eye, and I just stumbled across an awesome transmedia wiki set up by Transmedia L.A.


Directed by Miranda July

Visit July’s site for her latest flick, The Future, and you can click on “Your Future” which directs you to the “oracle,” a multicolored mosaic-like circle.  You click on it and it acts like a fortune cookie, producing a cryptic or humorous piece of advice for you to follow.  You can “spin” the oracle once to have your future told and then sign up to get daily fortunes via email.  I think this is a brilliant idea, one which really keeps the film fresh in potential audience members’ minds.  Even if people don’t see the film, or can’t, depending on whether it’s playing in their local theatre, it’s a great way to build and hold onto an audience.  Each person’s email goes into a database and can be used in future (no pun intended!)

Look into your future — click here to visit the oracle:




Directed by Carol Morley

Interactive experience: Dreams of Your Life

If you read this blog at all, you know that I’m a supporter of British filmmaker, Carol Morley’s new documentary Dreams of a Life.  The film recreates and explores the life of Joyce Carol Vincent, a resident of London who died in her flat and wasn’t discovered until three years after her death.  It’s a haunting story.  I haven’t yet seen it, but it was released in U.K. cinemas starting December 16 and is playing all over the country at least through March 2012.  One reason I find this story so fascinating is because it explores the life of a woman whose experiences are all too common:  how we live our daily lives, many in isolation, perhaps taking for granted people are alright, living their lives the same as us.  So, how does something like an unnoticed death happen?  Who’s responsible?  How can we better keep tabs on one another, to check in on each other, just to see if we’re doing alright?  Vincent died of an unknown cause, her TV blaring, surrounded by Christmas presents it looked like she’d been wrapping, and other bags of items as if she’d just gotten home from shopping.

To support her film, an interactive experience (a “sister project”) has been launched called Dreams of Your Life, which takes you through a conversational type of exploration of what we like to keep private, what we share, what scares us, and intersperses bits of information about Joyce Carol Vincent throughout.  You’re also asked for your name (though you can make one up), which you can type into a box, and later on, an email if you’d like to give it.  Of course, these go into a database for future communications regarding the film.

Choices are also given when the player is asked a question, both “yes” and “no,” responses, but also ones which encourage further exploration of some of the topics of the experience, the background, though static in terms of design, begins to age and change: a vase of red flowers wilts, withers and dries;a sunny day turns cloudy and rainy; a green bush changes color and then becomes bare, etc.  It’s quite a self-reflective game that allows you the opportunity to delve into some subjects which we don’t always open ourselves up to exploring.

Check out the Dreams of Your Life interactive experience here:




While I’m not versed in transmedia — I know what it is, though — I’m really keen on learning more.  I came across this resource from Transmedia L.A. which has put together a wiki to allow people to share resources.  Think of it as a type of clearing house where you can just click through and find things you might spend hours trying to find through google searches.  The group has focused on the following topics to include in its wiki:

– games

– publishing

– social media

– technology

– transmedia

– writing

Almost any story can have a life on multiple platforms, and as someone who writes and is developing my own TV shows and screenplays, I can’t forget about the importance of transmedia.  I’ll be using this resource to make it easier to imagine how I might tease out storylines to design a game, or explore a situation through a map, or whatever might be appropriate.  Have any of you dear readers used this resource?  Can you suggest any more useful transmedia links?  Please do!!!

Check out the announcement of the Wiki here, with profiles on four tools to use:


Check out the Transmedia L.A. Wiki here: