Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
Lady Filmmakers, Musicians, Artists & Celebrities!
Patricia DiSalvo Viayra
LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2012) –
“When You Find Me”, Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard and Produced by Ron Howard won Best Drama. “Baseball In The Time of Cholera”, Produced by Olivia Wilde won Best Documentary. Irvine Welsh’s “Ecstasy” won several awards: Best Feature Film, Best Supporting Actor, Billy Boyd; Best Actor, Adam Sinclair; Best Supporting Actress, Olivia Andrup; Best Actress, Kristin Kreuk.
The festival honored Producer Joyce Cox with the 2012 Trailblazer Award and Cinematographer Amy Vincent, ASC with the 2012 Moving Image Award. They both spoke on the panel topic of the “Crossroads of Arts & Commerce in Studio Filmmaking” September 30th at the WGA Theater. Their awards were presented by Michael L Fink & Stephen Fierberg, ASC. All Award Winners can be found here.
The Trailblazer Award goes to a Lady Filmmaker who has an exemplary career in a leadership role as Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer, or Editor. Their Achievements serve as an inspiration not only to Lady Filmmakers but to all members of the entertainment community. The Trailblazer is a star in their field and lays the groundwork for generations to come!
The Moving Image Award goes to a Lady Cinematographer or Director who, with their own unique style and vision, tells compelling stories, through the creative use of light and images.
Many exciting and new films were featured at this year’s Lady Filmmaker’s Film, Music, and Art Festival, took place at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, September 29th-30th. We screened two films by Olivia Wilde - documentary “BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA” which she produced, and “FREE HUGS” which Wilde directed and stars with Justin Long. Also highlighted are “COMMERCE” starring well-known actors Joel Gretsch and Annabeth Gish, and “A SUNNY MORNING” starring Charlie Cox & Sophia Myles. Annabeth Gish attended the festival as well.
Special industry men & women speakers were Academy Award Winner Michael L Fink (Golden Compass, Avatar, Tron: Legacy), Joyce Cox (Avatar, Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Men In Black III), Max Landis (Chronicle, Good Time Gang), Amy Vincent, ASC (Hustle & Flow, Eve’s Bayou, Black Snake Moan), Pam Dixon, President of CSA (Green Lantern, Barnery’s Version, Mask of Zorro), lati Grobman (Righteous Kill, The Iceman) and Gil Junger (Ten Things I Hate About Life, Ten Things I hate About You) are just a few of the many top industry leaders who participated this year. “Baseball”’s director and editor, Bryn Mooser, spoke at the festival as well.
"It has truly been an overwhelming honor at how much industry support our festival has received this year. The filmmakers and actors have had the opportunity to meet and mingle with top industry filmmakers, and distributors who shared their experiences and knowledge with us. It means a lot to us to have this tremendous level of contribution from such accomplished, very busy entertainment professionals. The educational component we offer to our filmmakers, actors & attendees is a very important focus of the festival," says, Executive Director Patricia DiSalvo Viayra.
The festival quadrupled in attendance this year! Filmmakers and actors from all over the world attend to celebrate their films, attend networking parties, and attend the many educational workshops & panels. This year the festival screened 51 films from various countries including Japan, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Finland, UK, France, and Spain. In the past, Lady Filmmaker’s Film Festival had screened films from over 18 countries. 2009 - 2011 selected films were made by or showcased up-and-coming as well as celebrity filmmakers and actors including Courtney Cox, Laura Dern, Danny Glover, Glenn Close, James Brolin, John Mahoney, Lilli Taylor, Barrie Osborne, David Lynch, Clancy Brown, Mel Rodriguez and Stephen Gyllenhaal, just to name a few.... Regardless of the films selected, one thing is certain -- this festival will highlight a variety of cultures and world views.
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival recognizes and celebrates the tremendous contribution of women to film and importance in the collaborative spirit amongst men and women,” says Viayra. The primary goal of the festival is to screen entertaining independent international films to show people that they can enjoy Indie films just as much as the big blockbusters. The fest promotes artists and musicians, and recognizes and empowers lady filmmakers, artists, and musicians from all ethnic, religious, and LGBT communities. To qualify for the festival, films must have at least one woman in the role of writer, director, cinematographer, producer, editor, or production designer. Musical Acts are primarily comprised of women and artwork must be by or about women or families.
“This is a film, music, and art festival unlike any other in LA. Independent films from all over the world will be featured at the 4thAnnual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival,” says Patricia DiSalvo Viayra, the festival’s Director and Founder. “The festival promotes short and feature movies made by ladies by showcasing and celebrating the viability of films by lady filmmakers, artists, musicians and the men who collaborate with them.”
In addition to the films, the Festival presented eight workshops & Industry panels, eight film programs, three parties, two art show events, and two musical groups. We had three exhibit for the first time in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and we are thrilled to have shown their works.
For more information on the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, complete list of award winners, bios on the festival organizers, instructions for submitting films or to become a sponsor of the festival, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.ladyfilmmakers.com/"www.ladyfilmmakers.com.
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