Even though our site is called Femfilmfans, don't be fooled into thinking we are only interested in the rights of women. Our more loyal Femfilmfam knows this by now, but it is worth repeating that we want to promote, support and protect not only the rights and interests of women, but especially those of women of color and the LGBTQ+ community. In doing so, we call attention to and raise the visibility of such marginalized groups in the entertainment industry by providing a safe space to discuss, display and celebrate the amazing work they create.
This is why we would like to share a link to a helpful and detailed guide to online safety for the LGBTQ+ community, brought to our attention by Carla Doniva. The online safety guide was published by the site vpnMentor, which is dedicated to internet safety and web privacy. Here are a few facts about the online experiences of LGBTQ+ people according to a survey conducted by vpnMentor:
The purpose of the guide is to provide practical strategies for coping with adversity, bigotry, and abuse on the web. Readers will learn how to change their privacy settings on social media, how to navigate the workplace while queer, where to find blogs, forums and support organizations for LGBTQ+ youth, about safe dating apps, and so much more.
Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or are an ally, we think you will find the guide useful.
Click --> vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/ <-- to be taken to the guide! And feel free to share it, as we did with you today.
"Powerful stories can change the world."
Calling all filmmakers! We wanted to share this exciting grant opportunity from the Berlin Feminist Film Week (BFFW), who has teamed up with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and the global campaign organization Purpose.
Submit your film by Friday, December 7, 2018 at midnight (23:59 CET - Central European Time; the timezone in Germany) and have the chance to receive a €10,000 grant!
From the BFFW website:
"Obaid Chinoy’s academy award winning documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, ignited public outrage and political pressure in Pakistan, feeding a movement that eventually led to the banning of honor killings in the country. What started as a tale of one woman’s courage, resilience and strength in the face of terrible violence, became a symbol and rallying cry for those across the country and internationally campaigning to put such violence firmly in Pakistan’s past. This is the power of one story.
We are looking for global stories that touch on the themes of inequality, climate change, global health and/or gender inequality and that highlight women (or female identifying), like Sharmeen and Saba, who are fighting for change.
The winning filmmaker will be supported to develop and build a public engagement campaign to accompany their film, creating ways for the film’s viewers to take action on the issues depicted in the story and help create meaningful change in the world."
For more info, please go to: berlinfeministfilmweek.com/2018/10/powerful-stories-can-change-the-world/
Or you can go directly to the grant application: purposecampaigns.typeform.com/to/VBx5kb
We have some exciting news to share with you: Christina is a "Belle" and "Muse" as part of Belle en Argent's coverage on women in the arts.
To read her interview on the Belle en Argent website, click --> here or on the images below.
Never heard of Belle en Argent (Beauty in Silver)? Well, we think you should.
Belle en Argent specializes in clean, timeless beauty products with a decidedly contemporary edge. Drawing inspiration from women in the arts, Belle en Argent honors the creative legacy of women who write, photograph, film, act, direct and produce. The company channels the artistry of inspiring women through pigment and texture, liberating the feminine tradition with modern fluidity.
You might be wondering what Belle en Argent has to do with Femfilmfans, besides the interview with Christina. For starters, they offer more than just beauty products (although we have no problem with that) - they foster and support a community of empowered women with projects like #BEAMuse, a grant program committed to the advancement of women who write, photograph, film, act, direct and produce. According to their website: "In partnership with the Global Philanthropy Group, grants are awarded to inspiring women in the arts. Each beneficiary receives funding for her latest artistic pursuit plus promotional support from our team. By uplifting women in the arts, we hope to ensure authentic and empowering representations of women for years to come."
The company also knows how to recognize talent and support women trying to make a name for themselves in the fast-paced, ever-changing film and media landscape. This is definitely something we can get behind!
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You might have noticed this logo on the bottom right of our homepage, which then might have left you wondering: What is the Kinothek Asta Nielsen? Well, we’d like to tell you about them right now!
The registered association Kinothek Asta Nielsen was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1999 by a group of women cinema-lovers: women film curators, film historians and theorists, film critics and students, and cinemagoers.
The goal of these women is to find, document and make publicly accessible the film work of women both past - such as Danish silent cinema star Asta Nielsen (1881-1972) who gives the Kinothek its name - and present. They also want to showcase the full range of diversity cinema has to offer, which includes showing Super-8 amateur films, B-pictures and experimental films. For example, they recently presented two short film programs of films made by women in Frankfurt!
Happy #femalefilmmakerfriday to our Femfilmfam! Today we want to take the time to say thanks to everyone who has supported us so far IRL or online. Every little bit helps. Thanks to you, our fam is slowly growing and we couldn't be happier! Which is why we decided to buy the domain name femfilmfans.com and show off our new logos designed by Chicago-based graphic designer D. E. Schultz.
Speaking of logos, we had a tough time deciding which ones to use since they were all so good. For those who weighed in at the polls, we appreciate your feedback. We decided, however, to use the triple f design (see below) and here's why...
1. Our name is Femfilmfans, written as one single word. The version on the left takes this into account. The version of the right has the three words stacked, which we felt did not truly represent our name.
2. Since we wanted to emphasize all three parts of the word Femfilmfans equally, we liked the name-only logo with the fs written in boldface, as shown above. The version on the left has three fs, again emphasizing the three parts of the word, rather than only one in the version on the right.
3. The italicized fs might look familiar to those of you who play or read music. The "fff" dynamic stands for "fortississimo," which means to play very very loudly. The root of this word, "forte," also means strong in Italian. We felt this symbolism best reflected our mission of empowering women in the visual media.
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The team at Femfilmfans thanks you for your support.
The Future of Film Showcase (FOFS) is a not-for-profit media arts organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The artistic objective of FOFS is to organize an annual film festival geared towards providing an opportunity for young Canadian filmmakers to network, cultivate and share their talent. The goal of FOFS is to help usher in the new generation of Canadian filmmakers through their festival.
FOFS was founded in early 2014 by filmmakers Eric Bizzarri and Shant Joshi. Today, the FOFS team is made up of young, Toronto-based filmmakers who seek to diversify the industry, as well as bring to light the work and extreme talent of emerging filmmakers. The festival - now in its fifth year - screens short films from Canadian filmmakers aged 30 or younger, or who attend a Canadian post-secondary institution. Over the past four years FOFS has grown into an exciting event for young and emerging filmmakers from Canada to come together, and enjoy outstanding shorts created and selected by their peers.
Eric Bizzarri reached out to Femfilmfans editor Christina Schultz because he likes the work the team does (aw shucks, the feeling is definitely mutual) and an exciting collaboration was born. Over the coming months, Femfilmfans will feature profiles and interviews of several female filmmakers whose films have been shown at FOFS. Stay tuned for more information!
We at Femfilmfans strongly encourage our readers to check out the film festival and what it has to offer. This year the festival takes places at the Scotiabank Bank Theatre Toronto on Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available here.