March 2015 NEWSLETTER –That’s a wrap on the 8th Annual POWFest!

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Programming Overview

SH_sisterhood_2_noise (1)POWFest kicked off the 8th Annual festival with a screening of the coming-of-age teen drama THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT by Caryn Waechter, and the short film, THE PUNISHING BUSINESS, by local director, Heather Harlow.
Throughout the four-day festival, POWFest screened 62 films. Over 30 directors and producers represented their films, participated in vibrant Q&A’s and were on hand for the variety of receptions. Films from all over the world were screened including films from: the US, Cyprus, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Korea, UK, Canada and Australia.




The festival also included a special screening of the Academy Award Winning Documentary, CITIZENFOUR by director Laura Poitras and the critically acclaimed comedy OBVIOUS CHILD which played at the Reel Feminism March screening.
POWGirls launched its second season with amazing success!



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Check out this great behind-the-scenes video from this year’s camp. We are also gearing up for two POWGirls summer 2015 camps! If you are interested in more information, please contact [email protected]

On behalf of the entire POWFest team, we’d like to thank the filmmakers for submitting their wonderful films and giving us the opportunity to share them with our audience at the historic Hollywood Theatre. We received great press leading up to the festival on radio and  print – visit our press page! Please be sure to “like” our Facebook Page and view our photos from the festival in “POWFest 2015”.

Sponsorship Overview

We’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their contributions to the festival’s success. Our partnerships with various sponsors this season included national brands such as New Belgium Brewery, Zipcar, and SAGIndie, and local support from The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Koerner Camera, REX Post, Hotel Deluxe, MetroEast Community Media, Fashion Buddha to name a few. Each of these sponsors was affiliated with specific programs woven throughout the festival. POWFest relies on sponsor relations to help bring women-directed programming to Portland while elevating women filmmakers world-wide. Our sponsorship kit has more info about how your company can help strengthen this important cause. Please visit our Sponsorship page for a full list of our sponsors.

Want to join the list of sponsors above? Check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

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.

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The goal of POWFest is to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women directors and to create opportunities for women throughout the film industry. The festival has featured accomplished directors, as well as dynamic young & up-and-coming directors, some from Portland´s burgeoning film industry. POWFest is dedicated to promoting and creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill-set/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.

POWFest—The Power of Women in Film
POWFest 2016 will open for submissions on May 1st, 2015!
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