Happy Autumn from the POWFest Team! Submissions for the 2014 festival have just closed and we are working with over 100 volunteers to watch all of the films and collect the recommendations for our programming team. We are certainly excited about the number and quality of submissions we have received this year! Thank you for those who shared your films with us. We will be making our formal programming announcement in mid-January so stay tuned!

The 7th Annual festival is set for March 6-9, 2014. We hope to see you there!


POWFest Launches New Evaluation Service
After a successful pilot program during the summer of 2013, POWFest has launched a new service for filmmakers who submit films to POWFest. This service is designed to give filmmakers a detailed evaluation of their film which will include feedback on the original script, production value of the film, marketability, and ways to make the project more successful on the festival circuit.

Specifically filmmakers will receive:
-A written evaluation of the script by a professional screenwriter
-Notes on your film from the POWFest screening committee which includes film professionals
-A note from the POWFest Executive Director on how your film would best fit in the festival circuit
-A 30 minute online meeting with a professional writer, producer and film teacher

Currently the service is available to filmmakers who have submitted narrative films to POWFest during the seasons of 2008-2013.  We will be launching this service for documentary filmmakers by the end of the year.

Please contact info@powfest.com to sign up today!

Cost: $75 / film evaluation

POWFest Sponsor Spotlight

@Large Films
@Large Films, Inc is a national full-service commercial film and video production company with an award winning team of industry experts. They specialize in branding, gaming, humor, lifestyle, healthcare commercials, along with PSA’s, message marketing and corporate communications. The @Large team collaborates synergistically to create style, vision and artistic designs that are in sync with your project’s concepts. Imaginations at Large.


Director and Principal of @Large, Juliana Lukasik has launched a job-shadow program designed for a college or post-college female student who is looking seriously at the film and production industry as a career. The purpose of this job shadow experience is to provide applicants with a clear, candid experience of what being a commercial director looks like. During the experience, students observe the company culture, how Juliana interacts with crew and talent, and what skills and abilities are needed each day. Of course each individual case/project has its own set of demands and the @Large team strives to create extremely rewarding opportunities and life experiences for every participant. Juliana’s theory? “If more women see it, then more of them will be it.”

Please contact Sarah Lawson (sarah@largefilms.com ) for more details

Call for submissions

The Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, April 8-13, 2014~  Cologne, Germany

Seen & Heard Film Festival, March 2014 ~ Sydney Australia 

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Upcoming Events

 WIF-PDX Member Coffee, Thursday October 10th ~ become a member at www.wifpdx.org

2013 Reel Music Festival, October 11-27th: ~ http://www.nwfilm.org/festivals/reelmusic/

All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival, October 17-20th ~ http://www.alljanenodick.com/

Oregon’s Got Talent, Saturday October 26th ~ http://ompa.org/events/

2013 Siren Nation Festival, November 7-10th ~ http://www.sirennation.org/

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to Volunteer? Contact intern@powfest.com

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact eliza@powfest.com

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The goal of POWFest is to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women directors and to create opportunities for women throughout the film industry. The festival has featured accomplished directors, as well as dynamic young & up-and-coming directors, some from Portland´s burgeoning film industry. POWFest is dedicated to promoting and creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill-set/level. Beyond filmmaker participation we are also dedicated to bringing to Portland, programming that is thought-provoking and will engage the audience well beyond the theater