Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Short Film: MISS YOU, DAD, 15min., USA, Drama/Family
After the death of her father, Ava processes the memories of her seemingly perfect childhood, struggling to come to terms with her parents’ role in destroying her innocence.
This short film follows the life of Ava, who carries with her the memories of a picture perfect suburban childhood as part of a loving family. Her father in particular always loved her deeply, taking her to school, joking around, complimenting her, caring for her. They were close.
As Ava discovers his death, she approaches his funeral with complex feelings. Here, she begins vividly recalling a series of memories with her father. The two of them spending so much time alone, her mother permitting it. She can’t shake the memories—he abused her. She knows this, she’s processed it to a degree.
But the real question is what did her mother know and when?
Today after 15 years, Ava has arrived to confront her abusers. Both of them. On the road to this funeral her childhood flashes back in her mind which has become a dreadful reality for her. She goes through series of emotions filled with pleasant and distressing memories. When it’s the time she faces her mother after a long, her reaction is a reflection of what she has been through all 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.