May 2015 NEWSLETTER –Call for Entries 2016 & Special Screening of INDIA’S DAUGHTER

IMG_20150312_193447443Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Festival!

POWFest is accepting submissions for the 2016 festival!  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.

POWMonthly / Reel Feminism May Screening ~ Monday May 25th, 7pm at The Clinton Street Theater: INDIA’S DAUGHTER.


INDIA’S DAUGHTER (2014), is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. In 2012, it made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. Join our facebook event here!

Volunteers from PWCL will be on site to support audience members who become triggered by the content of this film.

Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

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5X7_opening+the+crateQDOC: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON – May 15th, 645pm at The Hollywood Theatre

POWFest is a proud Community Partner of the QDOC screening of PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON. Committed to an insane asylum in 1924, most likely because she was a lesbian, Wilkinson was conveniently forgotten by the male-dominated art world. Filmmaker Jane Anderson, along with her partner, Tess Ayers, take us on their journey as they uncover family secrets, social repression and secret loves. Right before her commitment, Wilkinson was at the height of her creativity, living among the legendary arts community of early 1900s Provincetown, Massachusetts. Purchase your tickets here!

POWGirls15_4POWGirls Summer Sessions Open For Registration

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!

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.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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.