Breaking Down Walls: Cinema Femme Short Film Festival Seeks Gender Equality through Mentorship | Festivals & Awards

Each edition of Cinema Femme Magazine was centered around a woman-made film, featuring interviews with filmmakers and film critiques penned by women from all over the world. “After the first few issues, I started hearing from tons of women on social media, thanking me for putting the interviews out there, grateful for the opportunity to learn from women filmmakers,” Martin says.  

The positive response reflected a need for community and educational resources, inspiring Martin to launch Cinema Femme’s short film festival to further support emerging women and non-binary filmmakers. Now in its third year, the festival offers the Breaking Down Walls Mentorship Program as the grand prize awarded to participating filmmakers.  

At the culmination of the four-day festival, a group of established filmmakers select their personal mentees from the festival’s showcase. “Allowing the mentors to individually choose their mentee based on shared thematic interests makes for a richer experience on both sides,” Martin says. 

The mentorship is a six-month commitment that mentors and mentees navigate on their own terms, with the requirement that they meet for one hour every month to establish a working relationship. “All of the selected mentors have a passion for supporting emerging artists,” Martin says. “Mentors are chosen based on their demonstrated passion for elevating women, non-binary, or underrepresented voices in the industry, either by their work onscreen or how they work their sets,” she explains. 

Mentors help their mentee develop a current project, build skills, and expand their network; in 2020, filmmaker Laura Moss mentored writer-director Gabriela Ortega while she worked on her short “Huella,” which screened at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is now being developed into a feature film. 

This year’s Cinema Femme Short Film Festival will showcase 23 short films covering a variety of topics, including a story of two stoner witches seeking revenge, a rogue AI virtual assistant, and a father who must give up his daughter to foster care, to name just a few. Each block of shorts will be followed by a live Q&A with a celebrity woman or non-binary filmmaker.

You can view the original article HERE.

Anne Hathaway showed infinitely long legs at a photocall in Cannes
Jamie Lee Curtis’s raunchy gift for ‘Top Gun’ star Glen Powell after sex scene: ‘Not safe for work’
How Does Downton Abbey: A New Era End?
Travis Scott Sued Over Stampede at Rolling Loud Festival
A College Graduation, Murder, And A Thrilling Mystery
David Bowie Documentary Moonage Daydream Gets Official Trailer Ahead of Premiere
Cannes 2022 Video #2: The Mother and the Whore, Armageddon Time, The Eight Mountains, EO | Chaz at Cannes
Solid Laughs Elevate Lackluster Animation
BLACKPINK star Lisa ‘couldn’t sing’ for a long time during ‘tough’ period with band – Music News
Dreamcatcher say it is an “honour” to be “the face of rock in K-pop”
Christina Perri expecting rainbow baby after pregnancy losses – Music News
Scientists discover that scallops “love” disco lights
‘It stings’: Panthers’ historic year ends in sweep
Anderson hushes booing Yankees fans with HR
Thomas pulls off thrilling rally, wins PGA in playoff
Osaka ousted at French, uncertain on Wimbledon
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Was Warned By Lucasfilm To Expect Racist Backlash
All American: Homecoming Season 1 Episode 13 Review: Irreplaceable
Angela Lansbury to be Honored with Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
A Million Little Things Round Table: We’re Reeling From Gary’s Bittersweet Revelations!
See the Best Outfits From Stranger Things Season 4
The Daily and VERO MODA Celebrated Spring at 22 Bond Street
Target Easy Linen Tank Dress | Editor Review
Daily News: Kate Moss To Testify in Depp/Heard Trial, Balenciaga Comes To NYC, Sebastian Faena Sings, and More!