Founded in 2013, Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) is a festival and conference gathering leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to foster social responsibility and create opportunities for women and diverse emerging artists. This Nov. 12-14th, the 3 showcase submissions from 21 selected international finalists. The event will be filmed for a 30 minute special on Fashion One, an international TV network with 120MM reached viewership. WFF is endorsed by UNESCO’s International Council for Film, Television & Audiovisual Communication for its artistic and socially minded programming.
Best Webseries Winners will be submitted to Ovation, a WFF Official Media Partner. Liz Janneman, Ovation’s EVP of Network Strategy, will provide feedback to webseries winners. Best Fashion Films will be aired on Fashion One. Sony, WFF’s Official Software Partner, will also offer prizes to winning filmmakers. WFF opens on Nov. 12th with a red carpet reception at Seaport Studio on 19 Fulton Street in the Seaport District, downtown Manhattan, NYC. Honorary Hosts include: Supermodels Emme, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Trish Goff and Maye Musk; Anna Sui; Phillip Bloch; Stephen Burrows; Ralph Rucci; Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Coumba Toure – Founder Advanced Development for Africa and Global Advisor to Global Fashion 4 Development (GF4D); Ambassador Henry MacDonald, United Nations He for She Spokesperson; Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, Advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly; Gloria Starr Kins, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Society & Diplomatic Review, United Nations Correspondent; and Amir Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships. A limited number of tickets will be available by tax-deductible donation.
Additionally, WFF will present the following films: #BodyBeaUtiful, a special preview of a documentary by Emme, the 1st curvy supermodel; The Women’s List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer by Vlad Yudin. The screenings will be followed by discussions with filmmakers. A select number of seats will be offered free to students from the High School of Fashion Industries, The Cinema School, Ghetto Film School and non-profits such as United Colors of Fashion, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx, Reel Works, Scenarios USA, and Mayles Documentary Center on a first come first serve basis.
Special panels include Start-up Women: Women Paving New Paths in Film and New Media with Susan Margolin, President of Docurama and Special Acquisitions, Cinedigm; Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder of Chicken and Egg Productions and Gamechanger Films; Monica Elias, Founder of Elias World Media and branded content expert; and moderator Kibi Anderson, Senior Manager of Business Strategy and Operations at ABC News Digital and an Emmy Award Winning independent film producer. Women Coming of Age: A Sharing of Life Experiences – features a discussion on finding self-confidence and empowerment with growing maturity with legendary supermodels Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Trish Goff and Maye Musk mother of American entrepreneur Elon Musk. Art & Commerce: Finding Balance presented by Spirit & Flesh Magazine explores how artists can maintain artistic integrity while WFF will also launch its SHE WEBFest and online festival featuring webseries, films and panels on November 5th on www.womenfashfilm.com. The online audience will be able to join special social media events and Twitter chats on @womenfashfilm. Online panelists include: Laura Michalchyshyn – President, Sundance Productions; Stephanie Sharis – EVP, Snagfilms; Liz Janneman – EVP, Ovation; Patricia Field – Oscar nominated costume designer of Sex and the City; Robert Verdi – Celebrity Stylist, Roxanne Lowitt – renown celebrity and fashion photographer; Carla Hall – Celebrity Chef & Star of ABC’s The Chew; and Andre Leon Talley – legendary Vogue editor.
“WFF aims to give voice and open opportunities to women and diverse artists,” states Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, WFF Founder and former Interactive TV equity research analyst, “This year, we’ll be bringing part of our programming online to reach audiences globally. With rapidly changing technology, I can’t think of a more critical and exciting time for women to reach new boundaries.” For more information, tickets, and registration for the online festival, visit: www.womenfashfilm.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 50 Day Pass purchasers for the Nov. 14th film screenings and panels at Symphony Space will be entered into a drawing to attend the Red Carpet reception on Nov. 12th. Donations are tax deductible according to US law.