__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1


BLACK VOICES ROCK. INDIGENOUS VOICES ROCK. LATINX VOICES ROCK. TRANS VOICES ROCK. NON-BINARY VOICES ROCK.


FOUNDERS INTRODUCTION BY CATHERINE DELALOYE

"FVR IS A TRIBE OF STRONG, TALENTED, AND UNSTOPPABLE WOMEN"

My goal has always been to create a safe space for women to be able to help each other grow. There is nothing more important in an artist's journey than the support of a community. Covid-19 has in many ways shattered our daily interactions and, for many, removed us from our communities when community has never been more important. We need a safe space to share stories, a place to dream collectively, to play, and if we can’t do that face-to-face, then virtual it is!

Female Voices Rock is not only a festival but a tribe of strong, talented, and determined women, and it’s able to exist today because of the love, passion, and talent of our incredible volunteers who have come together from all over the world to keep the heart of FVR beating for another year. We are stronger than ever and our community is not only surviving but thriving. It’s not been easy, but nothing great ever is. I’ve always known that women were incredible but this year FVR has shown me that women are truly, truly unstoppable and when we work together ANYTHING is possible.

"THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT IN AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY THAN THE SUPPORT OF A COMMUNITY."


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS OPENING CEREMONY

05

SAT DEC 5: DAY ONE

06

SUN DEC 6: DAY TWO

08

MON DEC 7: DAY THREE

12

OUR PANELISTS DAY ONE PANELISTS

32

DAY TWO PANELISTS

35

DAY THREE PANELISTS

40

DAY FOUR PANELISTS

41

DAY FIVE + SIX PANELISTS

42

COMPETITION

TUE DEC 8: DAY FOUR

16

WED DEC 9: DAY FIVE

20

THU DEC 10: DAY SIX

24

MEET THE JURY

43

OFFICIAL SELECTION / FINALISTS

47

FEMALEVOICESROCK.COM


20 20

OPENING PARTY

FT. LIVE MUSIC FROM APRIL ROSE GABRIELLI & MUSIC VIDEO OFFICIAL SELECTION, PAMELA CLAIRE

EXCLUSIVE TO PASS HOLDERS & PARTICIPANTS

8PM EST

BUY YOUR FESTIVAL PASS WWW.FEMALEVOICESROCK.COM


SAT 05


DAY ONE 9:00AM PST

|

12:00PM EST

|

5:00PM

GMT

SONY PICTURES: BUILDING A CAREER IN ANIMATION Alison

Mann,

10:15AM PST

|

VP

Creative/Strategy

1:15PM EST

|

6:15PM

GMT

GETTING REPRESENTATION AS A CREATIVE Tracy

Kopulsky,

11:30AM PST |

Halle

2:30PM EST

Mariner

|

7:30PM GMT

SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE & RESPONSIBLE STORYTELLING Heather

1:00PM PST

|

Rae

4:00PM

EST |

9:00PM

GMT

CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CLOSE-UP Presented

by

ZEISS: Ava

2.30PM PST

|

Quyen

Benjamin

Tran,

Carolina

Costa,

Shorr

5:30PM EST

|

10:30PM GMT

STUNTWOMEN - IN ACTION Kathy

Jarvis,

Tamiko

Brownlee,

Jing

Li


SUN 06


DAY TWO

9:00AM

PST

|

12:00PM

EST

|

5:00PM

GMT

NETWORKING BRUNCH

10:00AM

PST

|

1:00PM

EST

|

6:00PM

GMT

IMPACTFUL DOCUMENTARY FILM Amy

Adrion,

11:00AM PST

|

Eva

Lipman

2:00M EST

|

7:00PM GMT

COVERFLY: BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS ROOM Camille

Corbett,

Lucy

Luna,

Liz

Storm,

Shiwani

Srivastava

12:30PM

PST

|

3:30PM

EST

|

8:30PM

GMT

BUILDING COMMUNITIES D'arby

1.45PM

Rose,

PST

|

Ruth

Du,

4:45PM

Victoria

EST

|

Emslie

9:45PM

GMT

PODCAST STORYTELLERS Erin

Lann,

Dania

Xperience

3.00PM

PST

|

J

Ramos, /

Natasha

Crystal

6:00PM

EST

|

Lewin,

Judkins

11.00PM

GMT

WOMEN IN FILM & TV CRITICISM Catalina

Combs, Morgan

Melissa Rojas,

Silverstein,

Kay-B


#FEMALEVOICESROCK2020

SUPPORT FEMALE FILMMAKERS

WATCH THE FILMS AT

FILMFESTPLUS.COM/FILMS UNTIL DEC 10 2020


FEMALE VOICES ROCK 2020

FILMMAKERS BRUNCH MIXER HOSTED

BY

SCREENWRITER

COACH,

AMANDA

&

NETWORKING

GRAHAM

FREE FLOW ZOOM ROOMS TAROT | IMPROV | AT THE BAR + MORE TBA

SUN DEC 6 | 9AM PST / 12PM EST

FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS ONLY


MON 07


DAY THREE 9:00AM

PST |

12:00PM EST

|

5:00PM

GMT

SEED & SPARK: THE ART OF THE PITCH Bri

10:30AM PST

|

Castellini

1:30PM EST

|

6:30PM

GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS Facebook official

1:00PM PST

|

Live

interviews

selection

with

filmmakers

4:00PM EST

|

9:00PM GMT

CASTING DURING COVID-19 Adrienne

2:00PM PST

|

Stern,

Suzanne

5:00PM EST

|

Lenz

10:00PM GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS Facebook official

Live

interviews

selection

with

filmmakers


MEET THE FILMMAKERS

F FR RE EY YA A


MEET THE FILMMAKERS


TUE 08


DAY FOUR 9:00AM PST

|

12:00PM EST

|

5:00PM GMT

PRODUCING INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM Elli

10:00AM

PST

|

Toivoniemi

1:00PM

EST

|

6:00PM

GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS Facebook

12:30AM

PST

|

Live

3:30PM

interviews

EST

|

8:30PM

GMT

PRODUCING AWARD-WINNING SHORTS Maria

Gracia

Turgeon,

Barbosa,

1:45PM

PST

|

AshleyEakin,

Dianne

4:45PM

J.

EST

Adrianna

Wright

|

9:45PM

GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS Facebook

2:00PM

PST

|

Live

5:00PM

interviews

EST

|

10:00PM

GMT

THE SHORT DISTRIBUTION DOWNLOW Bri

Castellini, Manager,

Film

Community

Seed&Spark


MEET THE FILMMAKERS


MEET THE FILMMAKERS


WED TUE 08 09


DAY FIVE 9:00AM PST

|

12:00PM EST

|

5:00PM

GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS 10:00AM PST

|

1:00PM EST

|

6:00PM

GMT

HOW TO NETWORK TO BUILD YOUR CAREER Amanda

Toney,

11:00AM

PST |

Managing

Director,

2:00PM EST

|

Stage32

7:00PM GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS 11:45PM PST

|

12:45PM EST |

7:45PM

GMT

BREAKING INTO GENRE FILMMAKING Jordanna

Guarino,

Programming,

12:45AM

PST |

VP

of

Development

Blumhouse

3:45PM EST

&

Television

|

8:45PM GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS 2.00PM PST

|

5:00PM EST

|

10:00PM GMT

COMPOSING FOR FILM AND TV Nami

2.00PM

PST

|

Melumad

5:00PM

EST

|

10:00PM

GMT

MEET THE FILMMAKERS 6.00PM

PST

|

9:00PM

EST

|

2:00AM

GMT

CAMERADERIE SHOWCASE Presented

by

Women

Go,

Aisha

in

Media:

Ford,

YJ

Sati Meira

Kaur,

Marty


MEET THE FILMMAKERS


THU 10 >

MEET THE FILMMAKERS


THU TUE 08 10


DAY SIX 9:00AM PST | 12:00PM EST | 5:00PM GMT

SCREENWRITERS IN COMPETITION Introduction

to

11:30AM PST |

our

screenplay

2:30PM EST |

finalists

7:30PM GMT

FILM LAUNCH: BRANDING FOR FILMMAKERS Joanna

1:00PM

PST

|

4:00PM

MEET Last

Bowzer

THE

EST

|

9:00PM

GMT

FILMMAKERS

Facebook

Live,

Eyes

Down

1:30AM PST | 4:30PM EST | 9:30PM GMT

LIVE SCRIPT READING Winning

Actors:

AJ

Georgia

short

film.

Edmonds, Grant,

Corey

Leesa

Johnson,

5:00PM PST

Hosted

|

Naomi

Rittmaster,

Kim,

and

by

Milo

Tony

Snieckus. Darryl

Manheim,

Nappo.

8:00PM EST |

1:00AM GMT

CLOSING AWARDS CEREMONY Winners by

announced, DJ

set

and

Hinds,

Tabby

followed

mixers


FEMALE VOICES ROCK 2020

AWARDS CEREMONY WINNERS BY

ANNOUNCED, DJ

SET

AND

FOLLOWED

MIXERS

THU 10 DEC | 5PM PST / 8PM EST

FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS ONLY


OUR MODERATORS

SHANNON SPANGLER ACTOR/PRODUCER

TOMEKA M. WINBORNE WRITER/DIRECTOR

AMY DEPAOLA FILM DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

JESSICA SROCZYNSKI ACTOR/PRODUCER

NAOMI SNIECKUS ACTRESS/COMEDIAN/WRITER/DIRECTOR

NATALIE O'SULLIVAN ACTRESS/COMEDIAN


MEET THE TEAM

CATHERINE DELALOYE FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MARIA AKAY PRODUCER & COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR

KIRA LEINONEN PRODUCER

URIEL KUZNIECKI SENIOR PROGRAMMING & SCREENER COORDINATOR

PIERA VAN DE WIEL ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER


DEMITRY EDWARDS ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER

ERIN TOMKINS ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER

RACHEL NAPOLIELLO MODERATOR & ASSISTANT PRODUCER

JENNIFER LE ROUX DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER & ARTWORKER

HAZEL CHIEF CUDDLE OFFICER


SPONSORS, PARTNERS, AND VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

GET IN TOUCH CATHERINE@FEMALEVOICESROCK.COM

FIND OUT MORE AT:

FEMALEVOICESROCK.COM

FOLLOW US


A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BRAND SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 1

SAT DEC 5

PST

|

9:00AM

|

EST

|

GMT+

12:00PM

|

5:00PM

ALISON MANN | BUILDING A CAREER IN ANIMATION VP Creative/Strategy, Sony Pictures Animation Through her 17 years in the industry, Alison gained experience in TV, film and gaming at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive, Paramount Pictures Animation, and Illumination Entertainment. Co-founder/CEO of the BRIC Foundation, Alison works to create new access points for women and underrepresented groups.

10:15AM

|

1:15PM

|

6:15PM

TRACY KOPULSKY | FINDING REPRESENTATION Literary Manager, MXN Entertainment Tracy works with TV/film filmmakers and writers with an emphasis on elevated genre and smart, edgy comedy. Credits include; Tully, Queen & Slim, Big Time Adolescence, The Broken Hearts.

HALLE MARINER | FINDING REPRESENTATION Agent at APA, scripted literary department Hailing from the Midwest, Halle graduated from Columbia College Chicago in film business before moving out to LA. As a honoree of Colour Associates 2019 Next Up List, Halle’s goal is to advocate for writers and directors who are underrepresented in the film world.

11:45AM

|

2:45PM

|

7:45PM

HEATHER RAE | SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE Producer & Director (Frozen River, Trudell, Tallulah) A producer and executive for more than twenty years, She has been named one of Variety’s Ten Producers To Watch and won several awards, including Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, two Gotham Awards, two Spirit Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards. Rae is working with both her settler and indigenous heritage to deepen the dialogue of reconciliation and responsibility in the Americas.


PST

|

1:00PM |

QUYEN TRAN

EST

4:00PM

|

|

GMT+

9:00PM

| CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CLOSE-UP

Cinematographer Quyen Tran prioritizes story above all else. Tran's latest feature, Palm Springs (ft. Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons), premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and broke the record for highest selling Sundance film. Later released by Hulu and now a top-streaming title. Prior to that, Tran shot the pilot for the Peabody Awardwinning Netflix drama Unbelievable with director Lisa Cholodenko (ft. Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, Merritt Weaver). She splits her time between features and television, having shot multiple pilots and series for HBO, Netflix and FX.

CAROLINA COSTA | CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CLOSE-UP Cinematographer Selected as one of American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of 2018, awardwinning cinematographer Carolina Costa, AMC has traveled the world photographing critically-acclaimed feature films, documentaries, shorts, and commercials. Costa most recently lensed Tara Miele’s Wander Darkly, starring Diego Luna and Sienna Miller, that premiered this year at Sundance. Her AFI alumni short Contrapelo premiered at Tribeca, now shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

AVA BENJAMIN SHORR | CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CLOSE-UP Director of Photography Ava Benjamin Shorr is a Director of Photography who also happens to be a transgender woman. She was raised by a Mormon mother and a Jewish father in Portland, Oregon. Her early passion for cinematography was stoked by skateboarding videos and art-house cinema. Technical prowess, photographic experimentation, and identity are all a fixture of her work. The feature documentary, Disclosure (executive produced by Laverne Cox), premiered at Sundance 2020 and was released by Netflix. Ava was included on a list of “Mind Blowing Women Cinematographers” by Emmy Rossum, awarded an ASC Vision Mentorship with Rachel Morrison, ASC (Black Panther, Mudbound), and has a documentary about her that premiered on Nowness.


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 1

PST

SAT DEC 5

|

2.30PM |

KATHY JARVIS |

EST

5:30PM

|

|

GMT+

10:30PM

STUNT WOMEN

Stunt Professional A Stunt Professional since 1994, when Kathy earned her SAG card on a Disney feature film. As an athlete who earned a collegiate alpine ski racing scholarship and who has competed in sports such as gymnastics, skiing, soccer, track, a career in stunts was a clear calling. As a Stunt Coordinator and DGA Director Kathy constantly pushes for more women and people of color on her shows, working with the writers and directors to change the “he” to “she” and with the A.D. teams, heads of departments and Background Casting to push for diversity by creating meetings to discuss and implement diversity and inclusion. Kathy’s goal is to create change as she engages in every aspect of her life.

TAMIKO BROWNLEE| STUNT WOMEN Stunt Woman / Actress Born and raised in San Antonio, TX to a Japanese mother and South African father. Tamiko grew up doing taekwondo and participated in various sports volleyball, softball, gymnastics and dance. She's always loved martial arts and has trained in muay thai, northern shaolin kung fu, wushu and boxing. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from University of Washington, Tamiko moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams in entertainment. Currently she's working as a stunt performer and actress in everything from movies, television shows, music videos, video games, commercials and print.

LI JING | STUNT WOMEN Stunt Choreographer Master Jing Li has worked at Hollywood since 2002 as an award-winning action actress and stunt fight choreographer on films such as Deadpool 2, Pacific Rim, and Rush Hour 3, as well as countless Chinese film productions including Double Blade and Legendary Amazons. As the Master of her Academy, she has not only successfully coached established Hollywood actors and thousands of distinguished athletes, but has also inspired her students to become more confident and disciplined in their practice and everyday lives. Some of her students have gone on to become Hollywood stunt choreographers in their own right.


PST

10:00AM

AMY ADRION |

|

|

EST

1:00PM

|

|

GMT+

6:00PM

IMPACTFUL DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Director/Writer Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals, been broadcast on STARZ, PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards. HALF THE PICTURE, Amy’s debut feature, celebrates the groundbreaking work of women film directors and had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. HALF THE PICTURE was released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures and has been sold to broadcast networks around the world. HALF THE PICTURE won the #WhatNext Award at Sundance: London, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse Film Festival and the Impact Award at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival. Amy won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award for her narrative short SHOEGAZER, which was Executive Produced by Miranda July. Amy is currently writing a comedic coming-ofage script about a high school girls basketball team based on her experience playing ball in suburban New Jersey, is in early production on a documentary about modern day cowgirls in Colorado, and is attached to direct PICANTE, a wild, feminist Western about a motley crew of rebellious prostitutes in the Old West.

EVA LIPMAN | IMPACTFUL DOCUMENTARY FILMS Filmmaker/Producer

Eva Lipman is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and produces creative content for film, television and live events. She produced HBO's JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, Academy Award nominee and winner of the 2016 Sundance Audience Award and the 2016 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Other recent credits include Netflix's DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS, Netflix's WHO KILLED JAM MASTER JAY and HBO’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT. She began her career in broadcast journalism with CNN and the Canadian Television Network (CTV) and participated in coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 2

SUN DEC 6

PST

11:15AM

|

EST

|

GMT+

|

2:15PM

|

7:15PM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

CAMILLE CORBETT | BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS ROOM Netflix Staff Writer Camille is an Atlanta native and a queer-identifying, first-generation Jamaican. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a Fulbright Scholar. Camille is currently staffed on the upcoming Jamie Foxx series, DAD, STOP EMBARASSING ME, for Netflix and has recently written episodes on the Quibi series BREF. She has traveled to 18 countries and speaks 3 languages (English, Spanish, Turkish).

LUCY LUNA | BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS ROOM Feature Script Writer (CBS) Lucy’s multi award-winning feature script, Sophie & Valentina, has led her to the beginning of her professional journey, having won the 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, the ScreenCraft Fellowship, and placing on the Young & Hungry List. She wrote on CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories, and is currently writing on CBS’ All Rise. Lucy focuses primarily on the horror, thriller, and drama genres.

LIZ STORM | BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS ROOM Screenwriter (Viacom CBS) After producing her first short, "Traces," her film was an Official Selection in the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As a screenwriter, she's developed and written projects with Imagine Television, Team Todd, Broken Road Productions, Gil Netter Films, Mar Vista Entertainment and Bazelevs Productions among others.

SHIWANI SRIVASTAVA | BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS ROOM Netflix Staff Writer Screenwriter, Jersey girl, and general wonderer of the world, Shiwani's script Wedding Season won Screencraft Comedy Contest 2018, and shortly after signed with Nicholas Bogner at Affirmative Entertainment. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Journalism & Mass Communication, and a master’s in South Asian Studies and is passionate about cultural represention in film and TV.


PST

12:30AM

|

|

EST

3:30PM

|

|

GMT+

8:30PM

D'ARBY ROSE | BUILDING COMMUNITIES Filmmaker/Consultant/Artist D'arby Rose is a filmmaker, consultant, advocate, artist, and a proud Virgo. She has a passion for working with marginalized creatives and professionals to implement self-worth into their lives, while helping dismantle white supremacy in the workplace. Her work as a director and producer focuses on intersectional feminism in front of and behind the camera working primarily with marginalized entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, nonprofits, and artists. With nine growing years under her belt in the film industry, she saw an immediate need for accessible resources and community amongst marginalized film professionals, so she started and co-ran a film community collective called Color Film.

RUTH DU | BUILDING COMMUNITIES Director/Producer Ruth Du gravitates towards relationship-based stories with a genre twist. She constantly pushes diverse representation, in front and behind the screen and believes that the filmmaker’s greatest gift is an audience. Du received a B.F.A. at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and subsequently worked multiple production positions in New York City. Her extensive experience ultimately led her to produce feature film The Archer which premiered at SXSW 2017. Her directorial credits include digital series Seeking and TV movie Your Baby Is Mine. She is a 2020 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and recently finishing principal photography of her short film titled Yugen, starring Christine Ko (Tigertail, Dave).

VICTORIA EMSLIE | BUILDING COMMUNITIES Director/Producer/Founder & CEO Primetime Victoria Emslie is a British Actor known for her work in Downton Abbey, The Theory Of Everything, The Frankenstein Chronicles and 12 Monkeys. She is the Time's Up UK liaison for ERA 5050 and Founder & CEO of Primetime, the vetted global visibility platform for all the women working above and below the line behind the camera, providing the Entertainment Industry with a simple solution to find and hire genderbalanced teams. Launched at Cannes Film Festival, Primetime has members in over 50 countries, including multi-BAFTA, Emmy and Academy Award winners.


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 2

SUN DEC 6

PST

|

1:45PM |

ERIN LANN

EST

4:45PM

|

|

GMT+

9:45PM

| PODCAST STORYTELLERS

Actor/Writer/Comedian Erin works as an actor, writer, and comedian in Los Angeles - by way of Chicago. She currently writes podcasts at Spotify. Credits include writing and performing with The Second City National Touring Company, Second City's Improv All Stars, and Second City Theatricals. She's written freelance for The University of London at Goldsmith's and The Second City Network. She's performed with The Annoyance Theater’s house ensemble directed by Mick Napier, plus more.

DANIA RAMOS | PODCAST STORYTELLERS Series Creator/Writer Series creator and writer of Timestorm, a middle grade audio fiction series produced by Cocotazo Media in partnership with the TRAX network from PRX. Timestorm was named a 2020 Webby Awards Honoree and was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Google Podcast creator program. She’s the author of the middle grade mystery novels Who’s Ju? and Ignacio in the Dark.

NATASHA LEWIN | PODCAST STORYTELLERS Oscar-qualifying Writer/Director (CHATTER) Natasha Lewin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She's on the Hollywood Fringe ACCESS Committee as well as the Diversity Scholarship panel, having been a former Diversity Scholarship winner herself for her play CHATTER in 2017. Natasha is both Black and Jewish, and born with significant hearing loss, yet was a former touring musician and, alongside writing and directing narrative podcasts, and sound design for each show.

CRYSTAL JUDKINS | PODCAST STORYTELLERS Poet/Songwriter/Voice Artist Crystal Judkins is a self-published author from Alexandria, Virginia. She is also a poet, songwriter, freelance voice over artist and all around creative. Crystal is the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications, where she continues to selfpublish diverse and creatively provocative reads for all to enjoy. Most recently, she wrote and produced two scripted podcast series (audio dramas), "Past Due Audio Series" and "Kiss: The Audio Series." She has plans of using her love of sound to create innovative audio experiences that will change the face of audio dramas.


PST

|

03:00PM |

CATALINA COMBS

EST

6:00PM

|

|

GMT+

11:00PM

| WOMEN IN FILM CRITICISM

Writer/Critic BlackGirlNerds Cat has a BA in English from Santa Clara University and an MA in Creative Writing from University of Denver. Her reviews have been featured on Blackgirlnerds.com and Blackfilm.com. She has moderated film panels and interviewed stars like Harrison Ford, Kate Winslet, Rosario Dawson, Tessa Thompson, Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union, Linda Hamilton, Jeff Goldblum, and Chris Hemsworth. Cat is also a Tomatometer approved critic on Rotten Tomatoes.

MELISSA SILVERSTEIN | WOMEN IN FILM CRITICISM Speaker/Consultant/Founder/Publisher/Artistic Director Founder and Published of Women and Hollywood, a website and initiative that educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry. Melissa is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Athena Film Festival, a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leaders. She recently launched the Girls Club – a community for women creatives, culture-changers and storytellers.

MORGAN ROJAS | WOMEN IN FILM CRITICISM Critic/Founder of Cinemacy Accredited “Tomatometer Approved” critic at Rotten Tomatoes and member of the Hollywood Critics Association, and Online Association of Female Film Critics. Cinemacy sole purpose was to champion independent films and contribute to the growing number of female voices in film criticism. In 2019, she was chosen as a host for Maria Menounos & Keven Undergaro’s TV broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV, and has become a repeat distinguished speaker at Chapman University’s yearly Entertainment Journalism in the 21st Century panel.

KAY-B | WOMEN IN FILM CRITICISM Critic/Journalist/Host/Podcaster Kay-B covers all things TV & film from reviews & world premieres to comic conventions & film festivals! She is the Season 2 host of The Color Grade Podcast, where we dive deep into tv & film from an unapologetic & unfiltered Black & Brown perspective! When she's not interviewing some of her favorite artists, she enjoys world travel, great food, and delightful books.


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 3

MON DEC 7

PST

|

9:00AM |

EST

12:00PM

|

|

GMT+

5:00PM

BRI CASTELLINI | THE ART OF THE PITCH Film Community Manager, Seed&Spark Bri Castellini is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television and a BA in Creative Writing, and by day, she's the Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark and an adjunct professor for LIU-Brooklyn and Stephens College.

1:00PM |

4:00PM

|

9:00PM

ADRIENNE STERN | CASTING DURING COVID-19 Casting Director One of the most sought after Film and TV Casting Directors, Adrienne's films and projects have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle and many other prominent film festivals, taking home prestigious awards that have led to distribution deals and launched actors career.

SUZANNE LENZ | CASTING DURING COVID-19 Actress/Writer/Producer Best known for robot “Fiona” on HBO’s Silicon Valley, Suzanne's onscreen credits include HBO’s Crashing and NBC’s Blindspot and Obvious Child, plus more. Recently, she wrote, directed and starred in the upcoming short film Christmas Eve Eve Or: the Things I Can’t Remember as well as the short film Two Women on a Bridge. She recently produced her first feature film Every Man For Himself.

DAY 4

TUE DEC 8

09:00AM

|

12:00PM

|

5:00PM

ELLI TOIVONIEMI | PRODUCING INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM Producer/Director An award-winning producer-director based in Helsinki, Elli is also Co-founder/Coowner of Tuffi Films. Her work includes the Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything (2012), winner of Sundance Short Film Jury Award The Date (2013), plus more. Her feature Games People Play (2020) premiered in Göteborg IFF, competing in the prestigious Best Nordic Film Category.


DAY 4

TUE DEC 8

PST

12:30PM

|

|

EST

3:30PM

|

|

GMT+

8:30PM

MARIA GRACIA TURGEON | PRODUCING AWARD-WINNING SHORTS Producer/Director Maria co-founded Midi La Nuit with producer/director Annick Blanc. She has produced numerous short films including Brotherhood by Meryam Joobeur (92nd Oscar nominee, Best Canadian Short TIFF 2018, Sundance 2019), The Color of Your Lips by Annick Blanc (Canadian Screen Awards, Best Fantastic Short – Austin Fantastic Fest 2019), FAUVE by Jérémy Comte (91st Oscar nominee, Sundance Special Jury Award 2018, Telluride 2018), plus many more.

ASHLEY EAKIN | PRODUCING AWARD-WINNING SHORTS Writer/Director Ashley Eakin is a writer-director based out of Los Angeles with a physical disability. Last year she was 1 of 8 women selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and her project SINGLE was selected for the SXSW 2020 Film Festival and received the Special Jury Recognition Award. Eakin was also the recipient of the New York Women in Film Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Gran.

ADRIANA BARBOSA| PRODUCING WARD-WINNING SHORTS Filmmaker/Screenwriter Adriana (aka Chica), is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A part of the Film Collective Cinefusão in São Paulo, Brazil, since 2009, she took part of the script and art direction for the short films “Wax” (2009) and “String Quintet” (2010). She produced the feature films “Young and Miserable” and “A film of Cinema”, both directed by Thiago B. Mendonça.

DIANE J. WRIGHT | PRODUCING WARD-WINNING SHORTS Screenwriter Diane J. Wright is a screenwriter and fixer who advocates for representative inclusion of the BIPoC, neurodivergent, and disabled communities on and off screen. Her work has earned prizes and nominations at festivals such as Sundance, Sitges, Fantasia, and Tribeca and been aired and released internationally. Consulting with producers, directors, and screenwriters, she levels up features, series, and pitches aiming for authenticity and equality for all.


OUR PANELISTS

DAY 5

WED DEC 9

PST

|

10:00AM

|

EST

|

1:00PM

|

GMT+

6:00PM

AMANDA TONEY | HOW TO NETWORK TO BUILD YOUR CAREER Managing Director, Stage32 As Managing Director for Stage 32, Amanda works with hundreds of entertainment industry executives from around the world to serve as educators and mentors and has curated over 1,000 hours of online education created exclusively for Stage 32.

09:00AM

|

12:00PM

|

5:00PM

JORDANNA GUARINO | HOW TO BREAK INTO GENRE FILMMAKING VP of Development & Programming at Blumhouse Television Jordanna manages creative for scripted series and streaming movies in development and production. Projects include Hulu’s Into the Dark and Facebook Watch’s Sacred Lies. Prior to Blumhouse, Guarino served as Director of Original Programming at Marvel Television where she produced the 2nd season of The Gifted for Fox and helped oversee the final seasons of Daredevil for Netflix and Legion for FX.

02:00PM

|

5:00PM

|

10:00PM

NAMI MELUMAD | COMPOSING FOR FILM AND TV Israeli-Dutch composer in Hollywood Nami's credits include over 130 films and tv series, most notably An American Pickle starring Seth Rogen. Nami is the first woman to ever score a Star Trek episode, and recently provided music and score arrangements for Borat Subsequent MovieFilm. She won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for her work on Passage (2018).

DAY 6

THU DEC 10

02:00PM

|

5:00PM

|

10:00PM

JOANNA BOWZER | BRANDING FOR FILMMAKERS Founder, Film Launch Joanna Bowzer is a Los Angeles-based content entrepreneur with creative projects in film, theater and immersive storytelling. She has over 15 years of experience working in start-ups focused on digital media and premium online content and education.


OUR JURY

NARRATIVE JUDGE

JULIE CHRISTEAS FOUNDER/CEO OF TANDEM PICTURES

Julie's recent films include, THE SURROGATE (SXSW 2020) and BLACK BEAR (Sundance 2020) starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. She also executive produced the cult horror favorite THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Sundance 2016/Magnet Releasing), MONOGAMY (Best NY Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival 2010), the feature doc DUKALE'S DREAM starring Hugh Jackman, and GHOST TEAM starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Justin Long, Amy Sedaris and Melonie Diaz. Previously she produced BLOOD STRIPE (Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film, LA Film Festival 2016), WILDLIKE starring Bruce Greenwood and Brian Geraghty (HIFF), and THE SLEEPWALKER starring Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet (Sundance 2014/IFC). Julie also produces original short-form content for some of the biggest brands in the world.

DOCUMENTARY JUDGE

EVA LIPMAN EMMY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER

Eva Lipman is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and produces creative content for film, television and live events. She produced HBO's JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, Academy Award nominee and winner of the 2016 Sundance Audience Award and the 2016 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Other recent credits include Netflix's DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS, Netflix's WHO KILLED JAM MASTER JAY and HBO’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT. She began her career in broadcast journalism with CNN and the Canadian Television Network (CTV) and participated in coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.


OUR JURY

NARRATIVE JUDGE

CHARLOTTE KILBY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Charlette Kilby’s career began in 2008 making short films alongside producing partner, writer/director, Carl Strathie, whilst assistant directing many award winning short films. In 2016 she founded Strathie Film and went onto produce her first feature film SOLIS, starring THE WALKING DEAD’s Steven Ogg, which sold worldwide. Charlette’s second feature, DARK ENCOUNTER (dir. Carl Strathie), starring Laura Fraser, Alice Lowe and Vincent Regan released in 2019. Charlette aims to make highly commercial, marketable films that have widespread appeal for a global audience. She is intent on making engaging, powerful stories in the most cost effective way possible, making sure every penny is seen on screen.

SCREENPLAY JUDGE

TRACY KOPULSKY MANAGER/PRODUCER, MXN ENTERTAINMENT

Tracy Kopulsky, a native Angeleno, is a manager and producer at MXN Entertainment. After graduating from the Radio/TV/Film program at Northwestern University, Tracy started her career at William Morris Endeavor before making her way to MXN. As a manager, Tracy works with filmmakers and writers in both TV and film, with a particular emphasis on elevated genre and smart, edgy comedy. Her credits include TULLY, QUEEN & SLIM, BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE, and the upcoming THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, as well as DATING AND NEW YORK.


TV PILOT SCRIPT JUDGE

AUDREY KNOX TV LITERARY MANAGER, CARTEL ENTERTAINMENT

Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at Cartel Entertainment, a premier full-service management and production company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Golden Globe-winning Californication, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Lucifer, Happy!, Black Lightning, Star Trek: Discovery and more. Audrey has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms, and she has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Her true passion lies in producing depressingly introspective comedies, but she’s never met a British gangster drama she hasn’t liked. Audrey also has a rescue mutt who has performed with the hit comedy rap trio “Three Loco.”

NARRATIVE JUDGE

MARGARITA MUROLO PRODUCER/FOUNDER HALONG FILMS

Margarita Murolo graduated in London where she first approached the film industry working as Livia and Colin Firth’s PA. She later joined the European Publicity department at Warner Bros. to then move on to production following various projects within different companies (Keitai, Mediaset). In 2012 she moved back to Rome and joined Palomar where she worked as a producer curating a number of projects including PIRANHAS (2019, theBerlinale), MALTESE (2017, C21 finalist), BRACCIALETTI SILVER BEAR for Best Screenplay at 69 Rossi (2014/2016, Emmy kids award nominee), and more. In 2019 she leftPalomar to found Halong films.


OUR JURY

WEB SERIES JUDGE

ALANA JOHNSON COMEDIAN/WRITER/ACTOR/HIP HOP IMPROVISER

Alana Johnson is a NYC-NJ bred (great! now she’s hungry) comedian, writer, actor, hip hop improviser, and mini-beast. A mini-beast is a vertically challenged fitness fanatic who overcompensates for what she lacks in height through burpees. More self-proclaimed titles could be added, but her opposable thumbs are like “Nah.” She defines herself as Puerto Ridiculous, i.e. half Puerto Rican and half everytime she gets asked, “What are you?,” she has an identity crisis. She grew up humbly on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and was raised by several doormen, a maid and Zoloft®. She attended Rutgers University on a full-academic scholarship, where she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Journalism (cum laude, not to brag). Today the multi-hyphenate can be seen performing all over the country (well, pre-COVID) with the all-women identifying hip hop-improv team DMXX and with the ladies of the HERlarious Show, an ensemble variety comedy show. Alongside her creative partner, Jourdan, she is the creator, Executive Producer and star of the comedic web series Two Grown, currently streaming on BET Digital. Alana was a US Finalist in the 2018 ABC Discovers Digital Talent Competition. She is represented by Prevail Artists Management.


AT THE CROSSROADS

2020 OFFICIAL SELECTION FINALISTS BY CATEGORY

Discover who you can become on the path you choose. Older and wiser, but not any easier. These coming-ofage films face the challenges of finding yourself and realizing what you might leave behind.

410 Stamped Biff & Me Elle Go, Go Boy!

COMING HOME IFinding home can make us whole. Family can be both a

Premenstrual Margot Roadmap... Next Turn Adulthood The Shallow End

comfort and a struggle. These films explore the balance between becoming yourself and coming home.

Bumper Cherry Foods For Coping

DEAR AMERICA America, it’s time for a look in the mirror. Racism, violence, and inequality don’t have to be the story of America. These films confront the myriad crises in the United States today

Gothic Springs

and look towards answers and healing.

Hello From Taiwan

A Rose By Any Other Name

Joining the Birds

Black

Margo & Perry

BORDER Detained

AGAINST THE CLOCK A turning point is looming and time is running out. The moment grows closer and closer and then your whole world shifts. In each of these drama, a crucial decision can be long and difficult or changed in an instant.

Acceptance ETANA Letter of Forgiveness Split Second The Desert

For Kate Innocent Goodbye Laura Wants (A Husband) Healthcare On The Other Side

AFTER MIDNIGHT Every world has a dark side. Delve into the night to discover a world between darkness and light.

Beauty Juice Clan INGENUE Subject 3 Synchronization The Doe


RESILIENCE Fight for your right to be who you are. Despite their differences, each of these women faces challenges and each share their determination, strength, and passion to

END THE SILENCE To work toward change, we must tell our stories. We've been silenced for too long and it's time to tell our story and make our voices heard.

triumph despite all odds.

Eyes Down High Flying Jade Myrtle Simpson - A Life On Ice

Nebraska's Calling

Today is Not The Day

Online Shopping

Without A Whisper - Konnón:kwe

Pizza Party Rehearsal The first of many The Tampon

IN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS In order to grow, one must take a risk.Each of these characters must break free from their own constraints in order to live the life they’re destined for.

OUR CHOICE

2 Dollars All Hail Beth/

Women’s lives are our own to choose. From pregnancy to abortion, health decisions, and sexual exploration, women must constantly defend their choices. These stories speak to current issues and potential futures surrounding the freedom of women’s bodies.

End-O

Blue CODA Dead Girl Where My Girls

FREEZE FREYA

TOGETHER FOREVE

March Ours to Tell Sweet Sweet Kink

Every world has a dark side. Delve into the night to discover a world between darkness and light.

Beauty Juice Clan INGENUE Subject 3 Synchronization The Doe


END THE SILENCE

IN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

To work toward change, we must tell our stories. We've

In order to grow, one must take a risk.Each of these

been silenced for too long and it's time to tell our story

characters must break free from their own constraints in

and make our voices heard.

order to live the life they’re destined for.

Nebraska's Calling

2 Dollars

Online Shopping

All Hail Beth/

Pizza Party

Blue

Rehearsal

CODA

The first of many

Dead Girl

The Tampon

Where My Girls

TOGETHER FOREVE OUR CHOICE Every world has a dark side. Delve into the night to discover a world between darkness and light. Women’s lives are our own to choose. From pregnancy to abortion, health decisions, and sexual exploration, women must constantly defend their choices. These stories speak to current issues and potential futures surrounding the freedom of women’s bodies.

End-O FREEZE FREYA March Ours to Tell

Beauty Juice Clan INGENUE Subject 3 Synchronization The Doe

ROCK ON!

Sweet Sweet Kink Changing the narrative in music videos to empower women

RESILIENCE Fight for your right to be who you are. Despite their differences, each of these women faces challenges and each share their determination, strength, and passion to

rather than undermine them, is essential if we're going to change the narrative and represent female voices.

Bastille, Alessia Cara - Another Place Fucking Down

triumph despite all odds.

Le Petit Prince

Eyes Down

Let's Stay Miserable Together

High Flying Jade

Lost Horse - Asaf Avidan

Myrtle Simpson - A Life On Ice

Wanted A Name - FRENSHIP (Ft Yoke Lore)

Today is Not The Day Without A Whisper - Konnón:kwe


2020 SCREENPLAY FINALISTS FINALISTS BY CATEGORY

SHORT SCRIPTS

Atlantic City - Mia Sorensen Fibby - Garin Pirnia Josie's Date with Death - Lisa Marie Tedesco Influencer - Rebecca Gialanella Hunting Season - Sheila Schroeder, Christie Buchele Mr. Rose - Kari MoteI Want Kandy - Rebecca Jordan Stain Resistant - Shruti Tewari

TV PILOTS

Alpha/Beta - Misha Calvert To Be Honest: A Lifetime on the Hips - Jennifer Le Roux Gilding The Lily - Lauren Anthony Secret Putin - Mackenzie Horras The Uprising - Mia Sorensen Homebody - Alicia Berger Alanna Grimm - Kari Mote, Alana Grimaldo Migrant Mothers - Ashley Rebecca Farley


A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN THIS YEAR.

YOU ALL ROCK!


UNTIL NEXT YEAR

KEEP

SUPPORTING

EVENTS

TO

BE

FEMALE

ANNOUNCED

VOICES. IN

THE

FURTHER

NEW

YEAR.

FEMALEVOICESROCK.COM

WE ARE WOMEN, HEAR US ROAR!

Profile for femalevoicesrock

Female Voices Rock 2020 Program  

Female Voices Rock is bringing its annual film festival, Female Voices Rock Film Festival, to virtual attendees from Friday, December 4, to...

Female Voices Rock 2020 Program  

Female Voices Rock is bringing its annual film festival, Female Voices Rock Film Festival, to virtual attendees from Friday, December 4, to...

Advertisement