Cinema Femme Short Film Festival February Showcase | Awards
Sunday February 28, 2021  | 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / Announcements by February 2021 Mentor Kate Hackett and Cinema Femme Festival Director Rebecca Martin

Emmy-winning editor and filmmaker Kate Hackett announces the recipient of Womxn to Womxn in Film mentorship award, along with other award announcements. LIVE on our YouTube channel.

Kate Hackett – February 2021 Film Festival Showcase Mentor

Kate Hackett is an Emmy winning editor, known for her editing work on the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary series “Cheer” and “Last Chance U”.

She has also edited multiple feature films, including the Sundance premiere “Half The Picture”, which investigated systemic discrimination in the film industry by interviewing notable directors including Ava DuVernay, Penelope Spheeris and Gina Prince-Bythewood. She was the 2018 Sundance Institute Sally Menke Editing Fellow.

As a director, her art films for large-scale concerts have been exhibited nationally and internationally. These projects include the multimedia concert “Portals”, featuring violinist Tim Fain, which was the premiere of Philip Glass’s “Partita For Solo Violin”.

Her short film “Oleander”, which she wrote and directed, stars Emily Robinson (“Transparent”), Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”) and Jennifer Lafleur (“Room 104”). It premiered at HollyShorts Film Festival and won Best Director, Short Film at The Method Fest Film Festival.

A conversation with filmmaker Dawn Porter

Friday, February 26, 2021  | 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST

Join us for our rescheduled discussion as we talk to documentarian and mental health/social justice advocate Dawn Porter. Rebecca Martin, founder of Cinema Femme, will discuss with Dawn the highlights of her career as well as the relevance and powerful impact of her films.

Spotlight Q&A: MÉBÉT
Sunday February 21, 2021  | 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / Moderated by Oluwaseun Babalola (“SOJU”)

Oluwaseun Babalola (“SOJU”) will moderate a discussion with the team behind MÉBÉT.

WATCH February 1 – 28:

Summary: Aged 14, Njillan is pulled out of school and forced into marriage by her father, despite her mother’s protests. She loses a scholarship opportunity and settles into marriage with Sengan, becomes pregnant and succumbs to complications at delivery. From her grave, she narrates her story to her son, Modi.

February Showcase Films Filmmaker Q&A
Saturday, February 20th, 2021  | 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / Moderated by Patricia Vidal Delgado

Patricia Vidal Delgado (“La Leyenda Negra”) will moderate a discussion with the filmmakers behind “Cloud Gazing”, “A Morning, A Mother & A Boy”, “Monkey Bars”, “Prom Time!”, and “Letter to My Mother”

WATCH February 1 – 28:

“Cloud Gazing” – a film by Dianne Diep. After her umpteenth move in NYC, a woman and her best friend embark on a journey through imagination to a place of child-like wonder.

“A Morning, A Mother & A Boy” a film by Katrine Weber. An everyday drama portraying one morning in the life of a mother and her 4 year old son who does not want to go to kindergarten. A story about motherhood and its dilemmas.

“Monkey Bars” a film by Jacqueline Xerri.When fourteen-year-old Maggie and her two best friends hang out with older guys they meet on Facebook, a crush on a complicated boy unravels into a twisted trance fueled by Four Lokos and naive infatuation.

“Prom Time!” a film by Jessica Liu. Upon overhearing her teen daughters recount their dating experiences while getting ready on prom night, Judy accidentally drugs herself with Chinese herbal medicine spiraling her into a gaudy sexual fantasy with the class hunk.

“Letter to My Mother” a film by Amin Maher. “A heartfelt letter to tell the mother the most painful of secrets. Amina, who in 2002 was the small protagonist of Ten by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood.” Written by 35th Lovers Film Festival

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