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Directed by Women

While this is by no means all the films on Seed&Spark directed by women, we've stocked this playlist with a wide array of wonderful stories that show you just what happens with women in the director's chair.

HollyShorts, CineQuest Film Festival, +3 MORE

2017 Short Sci Fi & Fantasy, Drama

Directed and written by Cameo Wood. In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job. But when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative' process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film.

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"A breathtaking leap into speculative fiction, Real Artists is a profoundly powerful portrayal of humanity, biology and entertainment. Full of rich cinematic details, exceptional casting, brilliant performances and subtle but meaningful writing, this is a piece that demands to be engaged with."

Festival Reviews

Seattle International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, +4 MORE

2015 Feature Drama, Comedy

Directed and written by Madoka Raine. A recently wheelchair-bound woman invites her three best friends for a birthday weekend in this drama about marriage, friendship, betrayal and survival.

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"The performances have the lived-in feel that comes from most likely engaging actors in a project’s development process, with relationships not spelled out more than necessary. Despite all apparent haste, budgetary restrictions and bare-bones crew, tech/design elements are solid."

Variety

Brooklyn Web Festival , Seattle Web Festival , +2 MORE

2016 Series Comedy, Romance

Directed by Catherine Fordham. Created and written by Monica West. When a Silicon Valley entrepreneur sets her sights on the opportunity of a lifetime, she unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams and feels torn to decide between pursuing career success or starting a family.

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"Impressively done."

Tubefilter

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, +14 MORE

2017 Short Drama, LGBTQ

Directed by Karishma Dube. When Tara and her household maid are caught together at a dinner party, Tara must suddenly redefine who she really is according to society. This film explores the realities of being a closeted lesbian in contemporary India.

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Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, +3 MORE

2013 Feature Drama, Foreign

Directed by Judy Kibinge. Their worlds forever changed by politically instigated violence following the Kenyan election, Anne and Joseph's paths intersect. Can they shed the painful memories of the past to find redemption?

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""The visual texture of the film is not only stunning but refreshingly unfussy""

Indiewire

Frameline International LGBTQ Festival, Outfest LA Film Festival, +3 MORE

2016 Feature Documentary, LGBTQ, Romance

Directed by Hillevi Loven. A powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. A young trans man uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily.

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"Things start to look tough in the doc's second half, as the practical realities of grown-up life pile on top of some already considerable stresses. But in its admiring account of Cole's perseverance, Deep Run remains both optimistic and sweet."

The Hollywood Reporter

Lucerne International Film Festival, SODEC, +1 MORE

2013 Short Drama, Family

Directed and written by Aisling Chin-Yee. When Declan's baby brother dies on his sixth birthday, his world is turned upside down. His birthday now intrinsically linked with his brother's death, Declan seeks refuge in his brother's nursery.

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"The subject matter may not be the most uplifting premise, but watching Declan deal with his brother’s death is actually quite sweet. Declan has a strong interest in space, and he uses this interest to understand what has happened. Sitting in his brother’s crib, Declan talks about how there’s no air on the moon, and that his brother died because he couldn’t breathe the air here. If his brother had lived on the moon, he may still be alive. It’s a bittersweet idea, and one that only a child could think of, creating a very moving portrait of unending brotherly love."

Toronto Film Scene

Festival de Cine de Madrid

2015 Feature Documentary, Biography, Foreign

Directed by Primavera Ruiz. After years of anger and resentment, a painter sidelined by blindness during the height of his career decides to pick up his paintbrushes again at the age of 62.

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"Ruiz’s documentary emphasizes the inherent joy of creating art, especially when the art is important to others."

Women and Hollywood

Leeds International Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, +33 MORE

2015 Short Experimental, Drama

Directed by Katherine Canty. A visually arresting reflection on grief follows a young woman's return home for the first anniversary of her father's death. Her experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home which has been forever altered by loss.

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"January Hymn is an impressively accurate depiction of grief. Though we may not want to, the film forces us into death’s ceaseless depths, with no apologies. It is extremely well crafted and clearly well thought out."

Film Inquiry

Frameline, Outfest, +3 MORE

2015 Series LGBTQ, Comedy

Directed and written by Florencia Manovil. Masculine-of-center roommates Alex and Gin are surrounded by a diverse group of friends who support and challenge them while they struggle with staying true to themselves in a queer world full of options.

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"I know what you’re thinking: You don’t need another web-series in your life...I hear you. I do. And yet, I’d like to introduce you to Dyke Central, your new web obsession."

After Ellen

Student Academy Awards®, The British Animation Film Festival , +37 MORE

2016 Short Animation

Directed and written by Alicja Jasina. A man leads a monotone and humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love. An inventive portrait of a relationship marked by a struggle for control and identity...and hope.

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"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards."

The Hollywood Reporter

Berlin International Film Festival, London Film Festival, +2 MORE

2014 Feature Drama

Directed and written by Josephine Decker. At a Balkan folk song and dance camp, Sarah pursues a romance with a new camper, and the nights of sensual secrets and singing with friends come to an abrupt end. You've never seen anything like this.

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"An utter exhilaration of cinema imagination, a pure high of invention."

The New Yorker

Outfest Los Angeles, Newfest New York LGBT Film Festival, +4 MORE

2016 Short Drama, LGBTQ

Directed and written by Natalie Heltzel and Rain Valdez. A successful trans woman is set up on a blind date, but she's immediately turned off when she finds out her date shares a name with her ex. Cue miscommunication, misdirection and a reconciliation.

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"Ryans is a charming 14-minute criticism of the casual discrimination that takes place while dating, spanning from preconceived judgments against transgender women to grudges against guys with the same name as your ex."

Broadly. by Vice

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival

2012 Feature Documentary, Experimental, Drama

Co-Directed by Andrea Sisson. A woman documents her search for her schizophrenic brother in Iceland while exploring her own sanity.

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"A perplexing artifact that flirts with the banal yet moves with lovely intuitive rhythms."

The New York Times

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