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Wow! What a Magical Weekend!  We screened ~50 films and hosted filmmakers from across the US as well as Canada, Australia and Japan. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported POWFest 2016 as filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audience members. We cannot do this without you! Check out photos on our Facebook Page!

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A big Thank You to our Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke who dedicated so much of her time to the festival. She shared her experience as a Production Designer and Director during our private Director Breakfast, took our POWGirls through an exclusive workshop just for them, shared her tips to being a successful director during a Master Class presentation AND fielded questions from our the POWFest audiences after screenings of three of her films!

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We would also like to give a special thank you to our POWGirls POWer Circle members, who are a HUGE support and making it possible for us to keep nourishing the talent of young women directors!

This year was also special because we branched out to include webseries and music video entries for the first time. We were super excited to host Youtube sensations Lauren Ludwig, director of EX-GIRLFIEND, Laura Black, Susan Sommer and Beth Robbins of AGNES & ESTELLE and Kia Anne Geraths of MOSTLY 1 MINUTE MOVIE REVIEWS as well as two wonderful music videos, YO, YO LA CUCARACHA from Maria Marta Linero and the youth entry GIRLS DON’T CRY WOLF.

The best news? The fun isn’t over!  We have a wonderful program for you every month at our extended festival, POWFest MONTHLY.  Join us on Macch 28th for the super fun 90’s sensation TANK GIRL, directed by Rachel Talalay. Not familiar with this gem of a film?  Check out the review below!

Programming Overview

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Thursday kicked off with local director Dawn Jones Redstone’s SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD, POWGirls BUDDING ROMANCE, a fabulous PSA from Juliana Lukasik entitled 5% WTF!?! These were followed by Abigail Disney’s new documentary about gun violence, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and Luján Loicoco’s LA NIÑA DE TACONES AMARILLOS (THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW HEELS) which was paired with the Canadian short AVILIAQ: ENTWINED from Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Friday brought two educational opportunities with a free Filmmaker panel focused on NAVIGATING THE INDUSTRY & CREATING A SUSTAINABLE PLACE FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS, followed by CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE, presented by the amazing Julie Keck from Seed & Spark. Once the films kicked off it was a roller coaster of emotions as we laughed our way through QUIRKY SHORTS and were brought to tears during DARK TALES.

The wirlwind continued into Saturday, when we screened a fantastic selection of DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, learned THE ART OF THE PITCH, and celebrated women’s talent for AGING GRACEFULLY before introducing our fantastic Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke, who shared her new film MISS YOU ALREADY as well as her first film THIRTEEN.

Sunday morning brought us an extremely valuable MASTER’S CLASS WITH CATHERINE HARDWICKE, where we learned tricks of the trade. The class was followed by the film that made her the highest grossing woman director in Hollywood, TWILIGHT, paired with another fantasic POWGirls film, STICKS & STONES. Closing the festival was a pair of SILENT FILMS, accompanied by a live performance of Donna Parker’s original composition, created just for this event!

All in all, it was a remarkable weekend celebrating the POWer of Women!  Thank you so much for being a part of it!

Much love from the POWFest Team!