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Women Sports Film Festival

September 16-26, 2020

San Francisco, CA

The Women Sports Film Festival curates and amplifies documentary films about female athletes from around the world. We are re-writing an outdated script and ushering in a new narrative of women's sports that is strong, sovereign and self-defined. Our plans to gather in person may have changed but our mission to reimagine sports with women and girls at the center of the story remains the same.

Bobcats on Three
44 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Alison Taupier

Paradise High School Girls' basketball team perseveres in the aftermath of one of the most devastating wildfires in California history and refuses to give up on the sport they love. 

This film is viewable only in the United States.

Life in Synchro
55 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Angela Pinaglia

If a single figure skater is a marvel, a team of figure skaters is practically a miracle. Welcome to the beautiful, cold, hard world of synchronized ice skating - the toughest sport you’ve never heard of.

Winning Girl
69 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Kimberlee Bassford

Follow the four-year journey of Teshya Alo, a Hawaiian teenage female judo and wrestling phenomenon. Winning Girl is the story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and a family dedicated to a single dream.

Zanzibar Soccer Dreams
64 min Documentary, Sports Directed by Florence Ayisi

It is the dawn of an era for women’s soccer in Zanzibar as Women Fighters resist all odds to play soccer in order to better their lives. Soccer has taken them beyond the borders of Zanzibar, far away from the confines of their traditional roles.

Sporty Shorts
144 min

From the waters surrounding the island of Jeju in South Korea to the soccer fields of Burlington, Vermont, this varied collection of short films takes you into the hearts and minds of an inspiring array of athletes from around the world.

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Run 4 All Women Revisited
Friday, Sep 18, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us as we welcome back Alison Desir, Founder of Run 4 All Women and TV analyst and former USWNT team member Danielle Slaton as they revisit their post-film Q&A when Run 4 All Women (the film) premiered at the 2017 Women Sports Film Festival and how the world has changed since then.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Filmmaker/Athlete Panel: Beyond the Sports Metaphors
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am

Join our panel of filmmakers as they share stories and insights on how being an athlete informs their creative work (and play) as artists. Moderator Kat Jayme (Finding Big Country) in conversation with Kopal Goyal (Inspire Crew), Melanie Hope (Grounders), Ani Mercedes (Fearless) and Darcy Turrene (The Moment).

Event times are Pacific Time.

Fearless Q&A
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

Join a live international Q&A for the short documentary, Fearless, in celebration of the fight in every woman around the world, both inside and outside the ring. Moderated by Lynn Le (joining from Portland, OR), Founder of Society Nine with panelists, Ani Mercedes (joining from Miami, FL), boxer and Director of Fearless, and Boxers Dana Aitbayeva (joining from Miami, FL) and Nathalie Mattsson (joining from Stockholm, Sweden), featured in Fearless.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Life in Synchro Q&A
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join us for a live Q&A with director Angela Pinaglia, skaters DonAé Poe and Emily Fitzgerald, dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of PURe Dance Ensemble Gina Thompson and moderated by producer Nicole Davies. The panel will discuss the world of synchronized skating, the impact of racism on the sport and the work ahead to create access and opportunity for all skaters.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Bobcats on Three Q&A
Sunday, Sep 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Live Q&A with Bobcats On Three director Alison Taupier, co-producer Emily Kretzer and film participant, Coach Sheila Craft in conversation with Kat Jayme.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Winning Girl Q&A
Monday, Sep 21, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Live Q&A with Winning Girl and Cheerleader director Kimberlee Bashford and athlete Teshya Alo in conversation with An Tran.

Event times are Pacific Time.

We Hike to Heal Q&A
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Live Q&A with Outdoor Journal Tour founders and #wehiketoheal creators Kenya & Michelle Jackson-Saulters, in conversation with Niema Jordan. Following the Q&A Kenya and Michelle are excited to host a mini interactive mindfulness circle in which they will share some of their favorite exercises and journaling prompts that you can incorporate into your own practice. Their goal is to create a space of connectedness and introspection with the hopes of sparking a self-love celebration in us all. 

Event times are Pacific Time.

Monburan Micki Q&A
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

Live Q&A with Monburan Micki director, Dandan Liu in conversation with An Tran.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Yellow Cards for Equal Pay Q&A
Thursday, Sep 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Live Q&A with Yellow Cards for Equal Pay director, Maia Vota in conversation with Megan Andrews.

Event times are Pacific Time.

All American Kids: Laila Q&A
Friday, Sep 25, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

Live Q&A with All American Kids: Laila director, Ariel Poster, athletes Laila and Carla Herrera in conversation with Kat Jayme.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Sea Us Now Q&A
Friday, Sep 25, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Live Q&A with Co-director, Co-producer, writer of script and story for Sea Us Now, Chelsea Woody with fellow Textured Waves board members, Martina Duran and Danielle Black-Lyons in conversation with Brown Girl Surf Co-founder and Executive Director, Mira Manickam.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Zanzibar Soccer Dreams Q&A
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

Live Q&A with Zanzibar Soccer Dreams director, Florence Ayisi in conversation with Danielle Slaton.

Event times are Pacific Time.

Her Turf: The Untold Story of Three Female Football Refs Q&A
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Live Q&A with Her Turf Director Shantel Hansen, & film participants Annice Canady, Tangela Mitchell, and Mary Podesta, in conversation with Sommer King.

Event times are Pacific Time.

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