HIGHLIGHTS: LA November 2022 Film Festival Showcase

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: THE QUEEN’S ORPHANS
Best Cinematography: THE RESISTANCE
Best Performances: SCENE FROM A FUNERAL
Best Direction: SWIM

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE QUEEN’S ORPHANS, 2hr. 13min., Brazil, Drama
Directed by Luiz Antônio Navarro Moreira Vieira Magalhães
Raised as Catholics by the Queen of Portugal, the orphans Leonor, Brites and Mécia are sent to the Brazilian colony with the order to get married. The hard adaptation to the precariousness of the New World is felt differently by each one of them. Leonor is the one who most rejects the new reality and she writes letters to the queen asking for permission to return. The answer, however, never arrives. As time passes, she falls in love with her husband, Escobar, has children with him and starts to admire the Jewish religion. Brites, meanwhile, does everything she can to seduce her violent husband, Tales, and give him a son. Mécia, however, rejected by her husband due to her physical disability, falls in love with an Indigenous man. Their friendship is put to the test when the Inquisitor arrived in Brazil in 1591, spreading fear and distrust among the inhabitants of the colony. Attracted by the wealth of Escobar`s sugar plant and distrusting to Escobar’s New Christian status, the Inquisitor encourages people linked to him to commit treason.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

SWIM, 19min., UK, Drama
Directed by Maddie Lynes
When Cass is sent by her Dad to visit her older sibling, Thea, at university, in the hope that this will help her out of a tough time, they struggle to get along. This short film focuses on an emotionally precarious relationship between siblings and how, in just over 24 hours together, they learn to be in each other’s company again.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

THE RESISTANCE, 14min., USA, War/Drama
Directed by Kara White
During WWII, a British female spy finds herself trying to outwit a Nazi in occupied France.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

Directed by Cat Rhinehart
A woman’s biological clock chimes in at her father’s funeral.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

KUMARESAN COLLECTOR, 14min., India, Drama
Directed by Nivas Adithan
Kumaresan lives with his mom and his Little sister. His entire family depends on the free afternoon meal provided by government of Tamil Nadu for poor students at school. He sacrifices his meal for his mother and his little sister. Whatever happens he remains happy. He has his own dreams. Becoming an Collector is one such dream (IAS Officer).The film says Happiness lies on small things despite poverty and struggles. There is something called HOPE which gives us happiness and confidence.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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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