April 2015 NEWSLETTER –POWGirls Summer Sessions & Call for Entries 2016!

POWGirls Summer Sessions Open For Registration

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POWGirls summer workshop registration is open! We will offer an Intro to Filmmaking and an Advanced Workshop to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word! http://powfest.com/summer-workshops/

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. We want to encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. We want to foster the POWER of WOMEN in MEDIA.

Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

Reel Feminism April Screening ~ Monday April 27th, 7pm at The Clinton Street Theater: Earth Day Double Feature


TRASHBORN (2014), directed by Isabelle Carbonel is a short length documentary which follows seven families of trash divers over four years on a garbage dump in the Dominican Republic, using the dump as a central meeting point of all seven stories. These trash divers build their houses from garbage, eat thrown away scraps, and make pennies by scavenging metal, plastic, cardboard, and glass and yet – they are still able to share their hopes, loves, and dreams.

FROM THE WASTE UP (2014), directed by Taina Uitto: What’s the problem with plastic?! Would it be worthwhile to try to live without it, and why? This documentary follows the lives of families in Vancouver, Canada as they attempt to live without plastic for one year. As the viewer is gently led through the problems of plastic, they are entertained by the pursuits of the plastic-free challengers…the youngest being a mere 4 years old. Witness the positive change that takes place- from some major growing pains to the final conclusions. This documentary does not preach; rather it provides multiple possible avenues of inspiration for everyone to reexamine their own disposable habits.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support Arisleyda, one of the women featured in Trashborn.

Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

As a bonus: the first 30 people to arrive will be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event here!

2016 Call for Entries Opens May 1st

IMG_20150312_193447443POWFest will be accepting submissions for the 2016 festival starting May 1st!  The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.  The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 14th and the earlybird deadline is June 19th.

POWFest’s overarching goal is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in media by providing resources, education and visibility.

Through this festival platform we promote and create professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every 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.

In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found on our submissions page.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

OMPA SourceOregon Book Release Party ~ Friday May 1st at 4-8pm / Koerner Camera Systems

NW Animation Festival ~ May 4-10th at The Hollywood Theatre

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Filmed Look at Breasts and Vulvas ~ May 11-12th at The Clinton Street Theater

QDoc ~ May 14-17th at The Hollywood Theatre

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India’s Daughter
~ May 25th 7pm at the Clinton Street Theater. This film is presented as part of the Reel Feminism / POWMonthly Series and is sponsored by Women Make Movies. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Portland Women’s Crisis Line.
Oregon DOC Camp ~ May 28-June 1st / Sponsored by WIF-PDX

Connect with POWFest
Please visit our Facebook Page to see photos and our Vimeo page for preview interviews with POWFest directors as well as a bunch of Q&A’s from past festivals.

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected] & check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!
-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest
In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film.

We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.
POWFest—The Power of Women in Film.