Why Do We Need Women's Film Festivals?

In April of 2021, Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of color to win the Oscar for best director in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards. She was the second woman ever to achieve this honor.

For seven years now, the Nevada Women's Film Festival has been part of a growing consciousness raising movement happening in the movie world and our greater culture. We are witnessing a slow but steady awakening to the failures of the industry to properly represent women.

At NWFFest, our mission is to celebrate and support the fair representation of women in film. Our festival is international and our films are by and about women.

Our programming does include films which are not directed by women, but they must feature strong female characters or subjects. Representation in front of the camera is important too. Think of the last movie you've seen. With any luck, it may have featured one or two strong female leads (super heroes not required). But did the film pass the Bechdel Test? This test asks whether a work of fiction:

1) Has at least two female characters, with names, 2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than a man.

Incredibly, very few films can pass this simple test! Most of us have grown up in a society where this imbalance is the historical norm, and we are desensitized to it. Here are ten examples that may surprise you.

While Chloé Zhao's win is encouraging, the underrepresentation behind the camera continues to be problematic. This type of discrimination is deep-seated and systemic, especially for women of the BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ communities. Despite the challenges, women of all backgrounds continue to make great films.

We believe that change begins by awareness. At NWFFest we come together each year to be entertained, inspired and enlightened by some of the most talented and creative women in the world.

Please join the conversation. We hope to see you there. 

NWFFest Film Trailer 2021