Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival ~ March 2014 ~ That’s a wrap!

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Programming Overview

POWFest kicked off the 7th Annual festival with the local premiere of Britta Sjogren’s film, REDEMPTION TRAIL on Thursday March 6th. Many talented cast and crew including star, LisaGay Hamilton were in attendance at the Opening Night Event.

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Throughout the four-day festival, POWFest screened 102 films with 40 directors, producers and talent accompanying their films from the US, UK, China, Russia (among others), with Q&As after the films. We hosted many film premieres as well as a director panel, terrific mixers, parties, including our Opening Night Party at VeloCult – a bike shop and bar – and at Magnolia’s Corner, both within walking distance of the Hollywood Theatre.

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The festival concluded with a special retrospective screening with our 2014 Guest of Honor—award-winning animator, Joanna Priestley. In addition to showing her films, Joanna entertained the guests by taking them on a journey through her career with guest moderator, Kate Ertmann of Animation Dynamics.

“That was such a wonderful evening. Thank you so much. I was delighted to receive such a lovely award. Many people have spoken and written to me about how much they enjoyed the show. You and your team did a brilliant job. You were so well organized, relaxed and delightful. I did not know that was possible for a film festival directors/organizers. Extra special new breed of superwomen??”–Joanna Priestley

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On behalf of the entire POWFest team, we’d like to thank the filmmakers for submitting their wonderful films and giving us the opportunity to share them with our audience at the historic Hollywood Theatre. We received great press leading up to the festival on radio, TV and print – visit our press page! Please be sure to “like” our Facebook Page and view our photos from the festival in “POWFest 2014”.

Special Programs

POWGirlsLogo_HiRes In partnership with Portland Community Media and with support from the Faerie Godmother Family Fund, POWFest was able to launch POWGirls, a mentorship program for young women filmmakers. Over the course of three days–taking place during the 2014 POWFest–a group of selected girls developed, produced, edited and screened a film during the Youth Shorts program at the 2014 POWFest on Sunday March 9th. Watch the film here!

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The Meet the Directors Mixer was a fun event in which attendees were given a historic tour of the Hollywood Theatre. Magnolia’s Corner hosted our Directors’ Breakfast, exclusive to our attending filmmakers – a chance to meet in person and chat. A mixer followed the Youth Program, with cupcakes, before our Guest of Honor retrospective of Portland animator Joanna Priestley’s work. Our Closing Night Reception followed in the main theater.

Our Director’s Panel discussed “Beyond Gender Disparity”, moderated by Portland documentary filmmaker Dawn Smallman. With so much media attention lately drawn to the negative aspects of women in film, we turned the tables and discussed what advantages we have! It was a riveting discussion with incredible insights by everyone on the stage.

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Sponsorship Overview

We’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their contributions to the festival’s success. Our partnerships with various sponsors this season included national brands such as New Belgium Brewery, Zipcar, LUNA and SAG Indie, and local support from ADi, Koerner Camera, Sock Dreams, and the Faerie Godmother Fund, to name a handful. Each of these sponsors was affiliated with specific programs woven throughout the festival. POWFest relies on sponsor relations to help bring women-directed programming to Portland while elevating women filmmakers world-wide. Our sponsorship kit has more info about how your company can help strengthen this important cause. Please visit our Sponsorship page for a full list of our sponsors.

Sponsorship Spotlight

Lunafest LUNAFEST Call-For-Entries! Whether you are a film student with a serious documentary, a rising indie star or an accomplished animator, LUNAFEST wants to see your work! Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2014. LUNAFEST is seeking unique stories created by, for and about women.

If your film is chosen by the LUNAFEST Board of Advisors, you get a $2,500 award. Even better, it will be screened by audiences at more than 190 venues throughout North America and serve as vehicle for raising awareness and funds for causes that women care about. Submit your film here!

Animation Dynamics (ADi) was founded in 1996 and has been a strong supporter of POWFest from our very first season. ADi excels in using animation for new product development, business-to-business marketing, consumer advertising, education, entertainment and ethnographic animation. Clients range from Fortune 500 firms to independent film, game and app producers. Interested in how they can rescue your business from the mundane? Call them up and one of their very talented staff will assist you!

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