Women's Weekend Film Challenge (WWFC) works for gender equity by creating opportunities for women to bring their leadership, talents, and stories to the forefront of the film industry. In three short years, we have worked with over 700 women to produce 30 short films, which have been accepted to more than 80 festivals. This grassroots, bi-coastal movement combats the gender imbalance of the film industry by providing an intensive networking experience and telling women's stories on screen.
As a response to COVID-19, WWFC launched a truly awesome project: a donation-based virtual workshop series to bring career development and networking opportunities to filmmakers around the world. Workshop guests have included Alma Har'el (director, "Honey Boy"), Kasi Lemmons (writer/director, "Harriet"), Karyn Kusama (director, "Jennifer's Body), Catherine Hardwicke (director, "Twilight"), Stella Meghie (writer/director, "The Photograph"), Elle Johnson (co-showrunner, "Self Made"), Mimi Leder (director and ep, "The Morning Show"), Leslye Headland (creator, "Russian Doll"), and many more.
Our workshop topics cover every role of production, and topics have included composing, editing, intimacy coordination, writing, budgeting, cinematography and more. Attendees have the opportunity to submit their work samples (such as a directing reel or a TV series pitch) to receive direct feedback from the top women in Hollywood.
Here are some stats about our virtual event series in 2020:
- 12,930 donation-based tickets sold
- 42 guest speakers
- 52% of our guest speakers are BIPOC
Our workshops are open to all and have created opportunities for filmmakers all over the world. We have heard from so many attendees that these workshops give them a creative outlet and a sense of community during a time of isolation. Most importantly, our attendees tell us that they feel inspired and more prepared to follow their dreams after each one of our workshops.
Learn more: https://youtu.be/z0DcJJzoiEA
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (March 2021)