HIGHLIGHTS: December 2022 Film Festival Showcase

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Long Form Short Film: True Believers At The Insurrection: Road To The Capitol
Best Short Form Short Film: WAVES
Best CInematography: AITO HINE
Best Sound & Music: UMBILICAL CORD
Best Performances: ZARDA

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

FIRST TO STAND, 81min., Canada, Documentary
Directed by Irene Lilienheim Angelico, Abbey Jack Neidik
First to Stand opens in the streets of Moscow with protesters chanting to bring Putin down and brings us to the streets of Iran, where women dare to wave their hijabs on sticks in the streets of Tehran. Against the Russian backdrop, past and present, First to Stand follows Irwin Cotler and his team of young activists at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre as they take on the cases and cause of political prisoners and human rights activists battling the world’s most repressive regimes.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

UMBILICAL CORD, 5min., China, Dance
Directed by Fan Mei
The thought of harmony shows great integration and inclusiveness, which is also reflected in the relations between people, between people and themselves, and between people and society.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

AITO HINE, 15min., French Polynesia, Experimental
Directed by Krysten RESNICK
On virgin lands devoid of any modern construction, we follow the character of a young girl as she begins a rite of passage within an army of aito hine, or women warriors.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

WAVES, 2min., Australia, Comedy
Directed by Katharina Keil
Two friends Sam and Ethel play a fun game to reconnect at their local beach.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

ZARDA, 17min., Pakistan, Drama
Directed by Zainab Hassan
In this slice of life/drama we peek into the life of a young Pakistani teenage girl Shella who comes from a conservative, lower middle-class family but dreams with an open heart. As she is slowly stepping out in the real world, she is fascinated by the ever-changing aesthetic of the modern life. One such occurrence accounts to her looking at a girl getting hair dyed pink, leaving her utterly mesmerized and longing for something like that for herself. Unfortunately, her cultural norms and lack of bodily autonomy renders it impossible until she is forced to realize and challenge these norms and find her own way out.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

True Believers At The Insurrection: Road To The Capitol, 20min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Sandi Ann Bachom
This is my first hand account of the two months after Trump lost the 2020 election, covering rallies leading up to the January 6th Capitol insurrection, and the events of that day.

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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