Best Short Fiction Film: Razzle My Berries (Heather Aradas) -- View Clip Best Student Film: Happy (April Kagan) -- View Clip Best Short Documentary: Representative (Kelly Wittenberg) -- View Clip Best Animated Film: The Elephant's Song (Lynn Tomlinson) -- View Clip Best Feature Documentary: Love Always, Mom (Tricia Russo) -- View Clip Outstanding LGBTQ Themed Film: I'm Just Here(Lara Aslanian) -- View Clip Best Female Protagonist: The Hanji Box(Nora Jacobson) -- View Clip Best Feature, Fiction: Keely and Du (Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert) -- View Clip Spirit of Activism: Born as a Girl (Dominika Kulczyk) -- View Clip Best Nevada Film: #NoMore aka 10 Syllables(Emily Skyle-Golden) -- View Clip
Thank you to all our filmmakers and friends for making the 5th Annual NWFFest a huge success! We are currently accepting submissions for our 6th annual fest...be sure to get yours in early, and join us on social media until we see you in March 2020!
A look back at the 5th Annual Nevada Women's Film Festival:
...I have been fortunate to attend this festival before, both as a filmmaker and as an audience member, and to witness firsthand how it has grown and how their adept and indefatigable staff and volunteers have approached each new year, building upon previous years’ successes, and in turn fostering an inclusive and enriching setting for filmmakers and film lovers to gather, experience and discuss representation in new works and to champion the full span that is women’s varied perspectives. As the festival has developed they have also continually driven awareness about the challenges women face in the industry...The staff and volunteers involved...actively welcome filmmakers into the festival family and encourage them to engage with one another, with each other's stories and with the festival as a whole... -- Eric Rice
(From March 2019) -- NWFFest takes place each March in fabulous Las Vegas. This year we return to the Eclipse Theaters 3/21-3/24 with exciting new programming. Come celebrate our 5th year with us and support creative and courageous women from all over the globe.
The festivities kick-off Thursday evening with our Nevada Woman of Achievement recipient, the multi-talented international star, Susan Anton! Morning Blend’sJJ Snyder will sit down with Susan for an intriguing conversation about her incredible career appearing in hundreds of film, television and stage productions. Susan speaks truth to power and we are excited to hear more. Our reception that evening is sponsored by UNLV's Boyd School of Law.
Our programming lineup this year includes 45 diverse films from ten countries, ranging from comedy, drama, doc, animation, experimental and horror. Local filmmakers, including UNLV & NSC students, will be highlighted.Our Filmmakers’ Welcome ReceptionFriday evening will introduce our visitors to our creative local community.
Also on Saturday, we are pleased to present our panel event: Sages of a New Age: How Social Media and Film Intersect. In this new age of technology, film is ever evolving. Social media plays a role in filmmaking in a way we have never seen before. A team of distinguished panelists including female filmmakers, film festival directors, film distributors and communication experts discuss the way social media and film intersect. Our esteemed moderator, Dr. Heather Addison, Chair of UNLV’s Department of Film, will lead the discussion.
NWFFest concludes on Sunday with the 5thth AnnualFemmy Awards, a ceremony honoring our most outstanding filmmakers. Awards will include the Spirit of Activism, Best Female Protagonist, Best Animation, Best Nevada Filmmaker, Outstanding LGBTQ-themed, as well as student filmmaker, fiction and documentary awards.
Please remember to join the conversation on social media :)
Nikki Corda, Executive Director & Founder
NWFFest is a project of the Nevada Women's Film Collective, a nonprofit organization of film professionals and academics from around the community. The mission of NWFFest is to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film.
With all of the headlines over the past few years about inclusion and gender parity in Hollywood, surely women are riding an unparalleled wave of representation.
I think we’re all guilty of it, myself included. We see someone’s thoughts expressed on a particular subject, usually one opposing our own perspective, and “judgment mode” immediately turns on, it lashes out and harsh negative words are spouted at people we actually care about and/or even other human beings we’ve actually never even met. We assume that this one perspective is the absolute representation of all that is this other human being.
So how would these conversations play out, face-to-face, looking another human being in the eye? Have our eyes been so glossed by the layer of gorilla glass that we’ve forgotten that we are human beings? I often private message those who I’ve opposed on Social Media, to sit down for coffee and talk about it. Some people like the idea, while with others, I hear crickets.