Director Biography – Celia Jaspers (MILK)

Award winning director, Celia Jaspers has over 28 years in the industry and has amassed vast experience in all aspects of production for film and television. She has extensive experience across all trades – theatre, television and film. As lead creative, her programmes have won awards from the 48 Hours Film Festival, New York Festivals international Television and Film Awards, Asian Television Awards, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards and the International Wildlife Film festival. She proudly accepted a Silver World Medal for “Best Direction” in 2019 NYF awards in Las Vegas. And her short film created for V48 Hours Film festival Lockdown 2020, became a top 10 finalist from over 2000 entries and scooped Best Family Film. She is currently a judge for the New Zealand Film and Television Awards and the New York Festivals Awards. Member of WIFT and the DEGNZ.

Director Statement

Milk has been the most uplifting, inspirational project I’ve done in my entire career. The care, kindness and generosity shown by my cast, crew and community has been astounding. Made on a zero budget but the highest of production standards, we certainly made more than we paid for! This film is about kindness and the entire project has attracted just that from its inception. Im humbled and proud to present Milk to the world, showing a slice of New Zealand country life and the kind of people we are.

By femalefilmfestival

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.

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