Our Mission

Cinema Femme is a platform for emerging underrepresented filmmakers, which includes women and non-binary people. To support these filmmakers, we showcase their short films, provide education through featured interviews, and offer mentorship with seasoned filmmakers. We are vocal about the need for change onscreen and behind the lens. We believe that together we can change the industry for the better.

Highlighting the Underrepresented in Film

We feel it’s important to highlight women and non-binary in film and to elevate their stories, their work, and what advice they have for our readers. Since we began in 2018, we’ve interviewed hundreds in film from all over the world, thanks to film festivals and international film media partnerships.

Some of our past interview subjects have included Lauren Greenfield, Hannah Beachler, Mary Harron, Deborah Kampmeier, Dawn Porter, Josephine Decker, Jennifer Reeder, Isabel Sandoval, Alice Waddington, and Penny Lane.

Short Film Festival

Short Block 3 Q&A for the 2020 Cinema Femme Short Film Fest, moderated by Alice Waddington

Our short film festival is an extension of our mission, and the people in film we feature (cinemafemme.com). We just finished our fourth installment of our festival taking place April 28 – May 1. The festival emphasizes gender diversity by elevating women and non-binary filmmakers by connecting them to seasoned industry members. The goal is for talented emerging filmmakers to have long-lasting, successful careers.

Twenty-three films had been selected. Four filmmakers behind four of the twenty-three films were awarded a six-month mentorship with a seasoned filmmaker. Mentors for our spring festival have been announced along with our selected filmmakers. Past mentors have been Deborah Kampmeier, Haroula Rose, Patricia Vidal Delgado, Laura Moss, Kate Hackett, and Cecilia Albertini. Our mentees have gone on to successful projects.

Included with the festival are our panel discussions about important and relevant topics in the industry. Q&As and panels were led by Karyn Kusama, Chaz Ebert, Alice Waddington, Lara Gallagher and Nora Poggi. Our Tribute series has featured Jennifer Reeder, Dawn Porter, Isabel Sandoval, and Kris Rey. This year Liz Cardenas was our tribute event, along with a tribute screening for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Our LIVE Q&A, Screenings, Film Discussion, and Panels

Every month we have LIVE events, screenings, filmmaker Q&A, film discussions, and panel discussions. You can find these LIVE events on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“Ships in the Night” Q&A

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“Once Upon A River” Q&A

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“Scream” Film Discussion

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Our International Media Partnerships

We are proud to be media partners with Cineuropa. We believe cinema can make our world feel more united, and as Cinema Femme is a platform for championing womxn in film, we also like to shine a light on the exciting work that is being done outside of the US. Through Cineuropa we are able to widen our network and showcase interviews with women in the European film industry.

More international media partnerships to be announced.

Our roots

Cinema Femme began in 2018 as a community of female cinephiles who wrote love letters to cinema and the womxn a part of cinema, accompanied by illustration. In 2019 our essays and illustrations were inspired by “Black Panther,” “Strong Island,” “A League of Their Own,” “Clueless,” and other films.

“A League of Their Own” cover, illustrated by Gabrielle Riscanevo
“Strong Island” cover, illustrated by Laurine Cornuéjols
“Comedy” cover, illustrated by Tavi Veraldi

Our Team