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Cinema Femme Short Film Festival

August 6-9, 2020

Chicago, IL

Cinema Femme is proud to be screening short films by female identifying filmmakers from all over the world. Our festival is about elevating these filmmakers' work and their voices.  We are proud to be sponsored by RogerEbert.com and to partner with Mezcla Media Collective, a hub that lifts up over 500 women and non-binary filmmakers of color in Chicago. Along with the screening of the short films, there will be Q&As moderated by female filmmakers and panel discussions on various topics.

Festival Program

Short Block 1
59 min

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$12.00

Short Block 2
47 min

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$12.00

Short Block 3
40 min

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$12.00

Short Block 4
58 min

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$12.00

Short Block 1 Q&A
Thursday, Aug 6, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 1, moderated by documentary filmmaker Colette Ghunim (Founder of Mezcla Media Collective). Featured for the Q&A are Dani Wieder ("Cool for Five Seconds"), Andi Morrow ("Pusher"), Nathalie Villarpando ("Mi Alma"), Brittany Reeber ("The Cheap Seats"), and Regina Banali ("In the Blood").

All event times are Pacific Time.

Creative Distribution Panel
Friday, Aug 7, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

Nora Poggi, French journalist, filmmaker and impact producer will moderate a panel discussion film distribution. The panel will also be featured on the Creative Distribution podcast, which Nora hosts. Panelists include Adele Free Pham (“Nailed It”), Maria Judice (Founder of Indigo Impact), and Liz Manashil (Senior Manager, Impact Distribution at Picture Motion).

All event times are Pacific Time.

The Distribution Downlow
Friday, Aug 7, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am

Distribution is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood topics for independent creators. Join us as we break down the current landscape of distribution for independent film and TV, including the economics of different avenues to take, the right questions to ask potential partners, and what needs to be done from pre-production through post-production to set yourself up for success.

All event times are Pacific Time.

Meeting ID: 889 6073 7972
Passcode: 019748

Short Block 2 Q&A
Friday, Aug 7, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 2, moderated by filmmaker Lara Gallagher ("Clementine"). Featured for the Q&A are Lori Shockley ("Corked"), Erin Brockhouse ("Tension"), Veronica Miles ("Bess"), Kristine Morgan ("The Revelation"), and Sam Herath ("Mia").

All event times are Pacific Time.

Short Block 3 Q&A
Saturday, Aug 8, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 3, moderated by filmmaker Alice Waddington ("Paradise Hills"). Featured for the Q&A are Luana Di Pasquale ("Keep Mum"), Weronika Maria Szalas ("Curiouser and Curiouser"), Xiwen Miao ("Me & Myself"), Carolina Di Lazzaro and Giorgio Ghiotti ("FENICE | Running for Life"), and Christiana Laine ("Petal Push").

All event times are Pacific Time.

Cinema Femme Tribute Award
Saturday, Aug 8, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Q&A with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder ("Knives and Skin", "Signature Move"), who will receive the 2020 Cinema Femme Tribute Award for being an exciting and inspirational filmmaker. Moderated by Cinema Femme magazine Managing Editor and Cinema Femme Short Film Festival Director, Rebecca Martin.

All event times are Pacific Time.

Black Female Filmmaker Renaissance Panel
Saturday, Aug 8, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

The panel will discuss the powerful cinematic stories by Black female filmmakers in 2019 and 2020, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chaz Ebert, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. Feature panelists include filmmakers Channing Godfrey Peoples ("Miss Juneteenth"), Ashley O'Shay ("Unapologetic), Numa Perrier ("Jezebel"), Christine Swanson ("The Clark Sisters"), and Sandrel Nicole Young ("Training Wheels").

All event times are Pacific Time.

Short Block 4 Q&A
Sunday, Aug 9, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 4, moderated by filmmaker Karyn Kusama ("Girlfight", "Jennifer's Body", and "Destroyer"). Featured for the Q&A are Gabriela Ortega ("Papi"), Claudia Lee ("Clan"), Desireé Moore ("Over and Under and Through", Victoria Malinjod ("Don't Burst My Bubble"), and Jorja Hudson ("Withdrawals").

All event times are Pacific Time.

Cinema Femme Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Sunday, Aug 9, 2020
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Mentors of the 2020 Cinema Femme Womxn to Womxn in Film Mentorship program will announce the four winners of the festival, who will be matched with a seasoned and accomplished female identifying filmmaker for a six-month mentorship. 

All event times are Pacific Time.

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