Calling for stories of awesome women leaders

Posted Tuesday 16 May 2017

Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom (among many other things, because she was a killer multitasker), the New York-based Athena Film Festival is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life.

They're now calling for short-film submissions from around the world for their 2018 festival. They're looking for shorts that:

� Reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life - narratives of ambition, courage, resilience and moxie.
� Showcase women leaders who currently are making or have made a difference in the world - captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision.
� Highlight the talents of new and recognized artists - capturing their take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders.

Keep in mind:

� All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the centre of the story.
� Films may be directed by a person or people of any gender.
� Films that are directed by women but do not focus on female leadership will not be considered.

The curated programme includes Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts - including U.S. and world premieres. The 2018 Festival will take place at Barnard College in New York City from February 22-25, 2018.

Shorts submissions are open until August 15. Entry is free. So get submitting!

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Gaylene Preston's Clark doco will feature at NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 16 May 2017

helen and gaylene

The NZ International Film Festival has just announced the first eight films in its 2017 line-up, and we're delighted to see that WIFT member Gaylene Preston's doco My Year with Helen is among the films featured.

Co-produced by fellow WIFTer Catherine Madigan, the film was made with unique access to New Zealand's former Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2016 as she campaigned to become the UN's first female Secretary General.

Preston delivers what NZIFF describes as "a fascinating portrait of Helen Clark on a mission - and a laconic account of the exasperating circumstances wherein she hit the ceiling at the United Nations".

Screening dates and times will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, you can read more about the film here. Huge congratulations to Gaylene and her team - we can't wait to see the film.