Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Interview with Filmmaker Katherine Castellaw (CIGARETTE LIPS) — Matthew Toffolo’s Summary
CIGARETTE LIPS was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 Female Film Festival. A Film Freeway Preferred Festival: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Katherine Castellaw: I had an acting coach years ago who was encouraging us to write our own scenes, and as an example he said something along […]
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes.
Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival.
This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way.
When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival.
A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.