Nevada Women's Film Festival
On February 9, 2016 Michael Lyle of the Las Vegas Review Journal sat down with NWFFest Director Nikki Corda for a Q & A that appeared in the Vegas Voices series featuring notable Las Vegans.
The Nevada Women’s Film Festival Returns to Las Vegas March 24-26, 2017
Welcome to NWFFest 2017!
NWFFest is a project of the Nevada Women’s Film Collective, a nonprofit organization of film professionals from around the community. The mission of NWFFest is to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film.
We enter our third season with two successful festivals to our credit. NWFFest has established annual traditions, such as the naming of a Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year and our Femmy Awards. We look forward to returning to the beautiful Springs Preserve for another inspirational weekend, and we welcome new board members Danette Tull and Dee Drenta who will help make it happen.
I like to remind people that NWFFest began three years ago as a modest idea for a student event and quickly blossomed into something extraordinary.
As the faculty advisor for a newly created women’s film club at the College of Southern Nevada, I was in a unique position to work with students to help bring awareness to the special challenges that women often confront in the male-dominated film industry. Soon the idea of a small festival was born; we saw it as a simple contribution we could make to support positive change.
It seems overnight we received hundreds of film submissions of all genres, from nine different countries. We were thrilled to find we had an international film festival on our hands, and moved by the quality of the films.
With the help of an amazing team of partners, who have included Professors Brett Levner, Shirley Johnston, May May Luong, and Dr. Pattie Thomas, NWFFest continues to grow each year. We enter this third season with renewed purpose and vision.
We are the only film festival in the state of Nevada to showcase women directors and women in key crew positions. Just as importantly, we seek stories with strong female characters or which depict women in a positive light…no tired stereotypes. Our award for Best Female Protagonist honors such a strong character.
NWFFest also supports a diversity of worldview, background, and experience. Although students and Nevada filmmakers are highlighted, filmmakers of all genders from around the world are encouraged to submit their work.
Our past festivals have showcased a wide range of genres. We have enjoyed films that amused and entertained us, and panels that have enlightened us. We have explored issues that affect women on a global scale, and have observed the simple necessity of preserving a butterfly ecosystem in the Bay Area. Our Spirit of Activism award will go to a filmmaker who reminds us of the power of film to affect positive change.
Other honorees include Best Student Film, Best Short Film and Best Documentary.
What story will you tell?
Please check in often for more info about panels and guest speakers. We look forward to seeing you at NWFFest 2017! Please join us as we celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film.
Executive Director & Founder