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  • Thursday, April 07, 2011 2:03 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)
    UPDATE:  Our apologies for those of who you who were unable to download the PDF file.  The link has been repaired and works now!

    As part of our 10th anniversary celebration of the Chick Flicks Festival this year, we are sponsoring a short film script contest for the festival opener! The winning script will be produced and screened at the festival on Thursday, October 20 at the Angelika Dallas and posted here on our website. So, dust off your keyboard and get those creative juices flowing for a chance to see your work up on the big screen.

    For more details on the contest and how to submit, click on this file: Script Contest Info 2011.pdf
  • Saturday, March 05, 2011 11:52 PM | Deleted user
    A collection of shorts you won't see anywhere else -- March 10!

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day this month, WIF.D's Chick Flicks invites you to a special showcase of short films from women around the world. The Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Short Film Showcase features filmmakers from California, Canada, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. Described by Chick Flicks Chair Lisha Brock as "fresh, funny, unexpected, controversial, quirky and visually stunning, the showcase has something to please men and women alike."

    Please join us for this special night of short films you won't see anywhere else in town. The evening will also include an array of silent auction items you won't want to miss either. Proceeds from all Chick Flicks events go to fund WIF.D's annual scholarship program.

    WIFTI Short Film Showcase
    Thursday, March 10
    7 p.m. Meet & Greet / Screening begins at 8 p.m.
    LaGrange in Deep Ellum, 2704 Elm St
    FREE to WIF.D members / $8 at the door for the general public.

    RSVP through Facebook here 

    It was 100 years ago when the United Nations put forth a day to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of Women past, present, and future. In places such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a National Holiday. This marks the 6th year WIFTI joins in that celebration with our Short Film Showcase. These films have first been selected by the participating WIFTI Chapters from submissions created by their members. Each Chapters' selections were sent to the WIFTI screening committee to compile this, the 2011 Showcase Program. The films were all truly wonderful and WIFTI congratulates all the filmmakers on their efforts. We hope this inspires you to make your own film for next year's celebration.

    What Kind of Planet Are We On? / 4 minutes
    Director/Co-Writer: Varda Hardy
    Chapter: Los Angeles, USA
    Film Synopsis: An alien applies for social security benefits. She is so happy to qualify, but an unexpected hitch turns her life upside down.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Varda Hardy-Writer, Director/WIFLA
    Jamie Bullock-Producer/WIFLA
    Karen Lavender - Producer/WIFLA

    Abandon ME /19 minutes
    Writer/Director: Sayer Frey
    Chapter: Minneapolis, USA
    Set in 1947 rural America, a desperate woman haunted by childhood memories abandons her aging mother in a cornfield. Abandon ME represents a deeply internalized form of visual storytelling rich with metaphoric layers and symbols, which elegantly unfold into a message of hope and empowerment for women.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Sayer Frey- Writer, Director, Editor/ MN WIFT
    Wei K. Pun- Director of Photography/NY WIFT
    Erin Rasmussen- Executive Producer/MN WIFT

    Picking Up Feets / 3 minutes
    Writer/Producer Illustrator: Debrainna Mansini
    Chapter: New Mexico, USA
    Feets, an adventurous cat, teaches a family of girls about challenging the order of things and the magic of a hug. Picking UP Feets is an animated short based on the children's book Picking Up Feets by Debrianna Mansini and Anne Litt, illustrated by Debrianna Mansini.

    Participating WIFT members;
    Debrainna Mansini-Writer-Producer-Editor-Illustrator-Actor/NMWIF
    Lori Romero-Producer/NMWIF

    This is Her/12 minutes
    Director: Katie Wolfe
    Chapter: New Zealand
    In life there are no fairytale endings, one woman's account of what the future holds for her. Katie wanted to do a film that took a cliché problem and present it in a new light. "The passing of time makes the implausible a reality."

    Participating WIFT members;
    Katie Wolfe - Director/WIFTNZ
    Kate McDermott-Writer/WIFTNZ
    Ginny Loane- Cinematographer/ WIFTNZ
    Lisa Hough-Editor/WIFTNZ
    Felicity Letcher-Producer/WIFTNZ
    Rachel Lorimer-Producer/WIFTNZ

    BraveHeart / 5 minutes
    Writer/Producer: Khadijah Kuranga
    Chapter: The Foundation for Women in Film and Television in Nigeria
    BraveHeart is a small portion of a Television Docudrama series about people in the midst of poverty that have refused to be burdened, clamed down, affected or loose focus. In this piece Mama Emma, a recent Widow & Mother of three, has had all the money her husband left her stolen from her. Now she must find a way to survive.

    Participating WIFT Nigeria members:
    Khadijah Kuranga- Writer-Producer/ WIFT Nigeria
    Muna Iyanam- Associate Producer/WIFT Nigeria
    Grace Babasoia- Writer/WIFT Nigeria

    Sis /11 minutes
    Writer/Director: Deborah Haywood
    Chapter: UK
    What happens when the older sister in charge of them ignores two innocent young girls? This daring look at the life of our children today offers us a cautionary tale of neglect.

    Participating WFTV UK members:
    Deborah Haywood-Writer-Director/ WFTV UK
    Tina Pawlik-Producer/WFTV UK
    Numerous crew members

    Small Currents /19 minutes
    Director/Producer: Carolyn Combs
    Chapter: Vancouver, Canada www.Womeninfilm.CA
    Tabitha, a single mom, has moved to a larger city to start again. Caught between a desire for intimacy with Hassan, a new acquaintance, and her sense of tradition and responsibility as the daughter of a fundamentalist Christian, she relies upon the insight of her six year-old daughter to help change her life.
    Participating WFTV members:
    Carolyn Combs-Director-Producer/ WFTV
    Kirsten Slenning-Actor-/WFTV

    Leger Probleme (Little Inconvenience) /9 minutes
    Writer/Director: Helene Florent
    Chapter: Montreal, Quebec Canada www.FCTNM.CA
    The life of an ordinary man becomes very different on a day that seemed like every other.

    Participating FCTNM members:
    Helene Florent-Writer-Director/FCTNM

    WIFTI would like to thank the following for making this DVD possible:
    - Media Central for sponsoring the WIFTI trailer.
    - HDNM Entertainment for creating the WIFTI trailer.
    - LIghtningwood Pictures for compiling the Short Film Showcase.
    - Legacy Filmworks for providing FedEx delivery.

    For more information on any of these Films, Filmmakers or their Chapters, click here. Full bios of these wonderful filmmakers can be obtained online.

    * Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of some 37 Women In Film chapters* worldwide and over 10,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.
  • Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:55 PM | Deleted user
    MEMBERS ONLY event!

    Our first in a series of intimate workshops that enrich, educate and entertain!

    SPOTLIGHT ON: Crafting the short screenplay!

    WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 7pm to 9pm
    WHERE: SMU Campus, Dallas. Space is limited. Please RSVP by clicking here.

    Free and for Members only! This workshop explores the difference between crafting features and short films, focusing on the characteristics of what makes a good short. Several films will be screened for discussion.

    Writer/Director, Paula Goldberg hosts this event on the short screenplay. Paula has written, directed and produced several short films, as well as written 5 produced screenplays. Her most recent. THE PERFECT FAMILY, is currently in post production and stars Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, and Richard Chamberlain.

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