2015 POWFest Call-For-Entries!

Posted Thursday 24 Jul 2014

The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its eighth annual festival scheduled to take place March 12 - 15, 2015. The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 15, 2015. POWFest places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and empowering the community of women in film. POWFest encourages women to find their voice and to share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking. We feature the work of today's top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers. Past Guests of Honor include: Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner and Joanna Priestley.

Deadlines & Fees

  • Regular Deadline: Postmarked by Friday August 15, 2014 ~ $30
  • Late Deadline: Postmarked by Friday September 5, 2014 ~ $35
  • WAB Extended Deadline: Postmarked by September 19, 2014 ~ $45

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found at www.powfest.com.

Next Up...

Ramai Hayward

Posted Thursday 24 Jul 2014

You may have heard recently that a true pioneer of NZ film-making, Ramai Hayward passed away earlier this month. Ramai was a Life Member of WIFT AK and was made WIFT Auckland Patron at the 2004 WIFT International NZ Summit.

We have long held Ramai in high esteem due to her significant contribution to the NZ Film industry in both drama and documentary.

Her partnership with her husband Rudall formed one of the most instrumental and ground breaking working relationships in NZ film spanning decades from the 1930's to the 1970's. In that time she was credited frequently as Director, Writer and Producer, Ramai was also pioneering Actor, Film maker and Photographer and her work forms an important building block in New Zealand's film making history.

We take this moment to remember a beloved WIFT member and true trail-blazer, Ramai Hayward.





Kua hinga te totara, a mighty Totara tree has fallen.

Ramai Te Miha (Ngai Tahu, Ng?ti Kahungunu) was the first M?ori film-maker. She met Rudall Hayward, when he directed her in 'Rewi's Last Stand', (1936) and soon after they married.

Thus, a M?ori woman became actively involved in the production of moving images for the screen.

For more than thirty years Ramai and Rudall Hayward produced work together, including documentaries shot both in New Zealand ("The Song of the Wanganui", 1961) and abroad ("Inside Red China", 1958 ).

Ramai was a long-time and fervent supporter of the burgeoning M?ori film industry, a beautiful and gracious woman who will be deeply missed by wh?nau, friends and colleagues.

-Tribute by Ella Henry