Cinema Femme Short Film Festival 8/6/20 – 8/9/20

Cinema Femme magazine is launching our first online short-film festival, pairing with our womxn to womxn in film mentorship program! Over the past year and a half we have featured over 100 female filmmaker interviews, as well as interviews with producers, festival directors, film researchers, production designers, and more. Hearing their stories and watching their films, it only made sense that we would create an online film festival embracing the spirit of Cinema Femme, womxn supporting womxn in the industry. Like with our interviews, our goal is to bring awareness to some amazing work by female filmmakers and to disrupt the industry. Cinema Femme is the voice of the female film experience.

Cinema Femme is proud to be screening 20 short films by female identifying filmmakers from all over the world August 6 – 9, 2020. Our festival is about elevating these filmmakers’ work and their voices. We are proud to be sponsored by and to partner with Mezcla Media Collective, a hub that lifts up over 500 women and non-binary filmmakers of color in Chicago. Top winners of the festival will be matched with a seasoned and accomplished female identifying filmmaker for a six-month mentorship. Along with the short films, there will be virtual Q&As with the filmmakers and panel discussions on various topics.

Watch films, attend free virtual events, and buy tickets/passes on our Seed&Spark festival page.


Festival Virtual Event Schedule

Short Block 1 Q&A – 8/6/20 (5 PM PT / 8 PM ET) – 1 hour
Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 1, moderated by documentary filmmaker Colette Ghunim (Founder of Mezcla Media Collective). Featured for the Q&A are Dani Wieder (“Cool for Five Seconds”), Andi Morrow (“Pusher”), Nathalie Villarpando (“Mi Alma”), Brittany Reeber (“The Cheap Seats”), and Regina Banali (“In the Blood”).
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Creative Distribution Panel – 8/7/20 (8 AM PT / 11 AM ET) – 1 hour
Nora Poggi, French journalist, filmmaker and impact producer will moderate a panel discussion film distribution. The panel will also be featured on the Creative Distribution podcast, which Nora hosts. Panelists include Adele Free Pham (“Nailed It”), Maria Judice (Founder of Indigo Impact), and Liz Manashil (Senior Manager, Impact Distribution at Picture Motion).
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The Distribution Down Low – 8/7/20 (9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET) – 1 hour
Distribution is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood topics for independent creators. Join us as we break down the current landscape of distribution for independent film and TV, including the economics of different avenues to take, the right questions to ask potential partners, and what needs to be done from pre-production through post-production to set yourself up for success.
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Short Block 2 Q&A – 8/7/20 (5 PM PT / 8 PM ET) – 1 hour
Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 2, moderated by filmmaker Lara Gallagher (“Clementine”). Featured for the Q&A are Lori Shockley (“Corked”), Erin Brockhouse (“Tension”), Veronica Miles (“Bess”), Kristine Morgan (“The Revelation”), and Sam Herath (“Mia”).
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Short Block 3 Q&A – 8/8/20 (12 PM PT / 3 PM ET) – 1 hour
Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 3, moderated by filmmaker Alice Waddington (“Paradise Hills”). Featured for the Q&A are Luana Di Pasquale (“Keep Mum”), Weronika Maria Szalas (“Curiouser and Curiouser”), Xiwen Miao (“Me & Myself”), Carolina Di Lazzaro and Giorgio Ghiotti (“FENICE | Running for Life”), and Christiana Laine (“Petal Push”).
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Cinema Femme Tribute Award – 8/8/20 (3 PM PT / 6 PM ET) – 1 hour
Q&A with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder (“Knives and Skin”, “Signature Move”), who will receive the 2020 Cinema Femme Tribute Award for being an exciting and inspirational filmmaker. Moderated by Cinema Femme magazine Managing Editor and Cinema Femme Short Film Festival Director, Rebecca Martin.
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Black Female Filmmaker Renaissance Panel – 8/8/20 (5 PM PT / 8 PM ET) – 1 hour
The panel will discuss the powerful cinematic stories by Black female filmmakers in 2019 and 2020, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chaz Ebert, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Feature panelists include filmmakers Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Miss Juneteenth”), Ashley O’Shay (“Unapologetic”), Numa Perrier (“Jezebel”), Christine Swanson (“The Clark Sisters”), and Sandrel Nicole Young (“Training Wheels”).
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Short Block 4 Q&A – 8/9/20 (12 PM PT / 3 PM ET) – 1 hour
Q&A with the directors of the selected films from Short Block 4, moderated by filmmaker Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”, “Jennifer’s Body”, and “Destroyer”). Featured for the Q&A are Gabriela Ortega (“Papi”), Claudia Lee (“Clan”), Desireé Moore (“Over and Under and Through”), Victoria Malinjod (“Don’t Burst My Bubble”), and Jorja Hudson (“Withdrawals”).
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Cinema Femme Short Film Fest Awards – 8/9/20 (3 PM PT / 6 PM ET) – 1/2 hour
Mentors of the 2020 Cinema Femme Womxn to Womxn in Film Mentorship program will announce the four winners of the festival, who will be matched with a seasoned and accomplished female identifying filmmaker for a six-month mentorship.

Meet the Mentors of our 2020 Womxn to Womxn in Film Mentorship Program, the Judges of the 2020 Festival, and Festival Director

Deborah Kampmeier, Mentor

Cherish the Day — Ep.106 –TBD — Photo by Steven Baffo/2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

Deborah Kampmeier is an award-winning filmmaker. Her first feature “Virgin,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss and the John Cassavetes Award. Her second feature, “Hounddog,” starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Deborah’s third feature, “SPLit,” won Best of Show at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival and was nominated for the Independent Vision Best Film at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival. Kampmeier made her television directorial debut on Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” in 2019 and followed immediately with two episodes of DuVernay’s new series “Cherish the Day.” Her fourth feature “Tape,” starring Isabelle Fuhrman had it’s online VIRTUAL release March 26th 2020 and will be available on Amazon and iTunes June 2020. Deborah is prepping her next feature “Dirt Rhapsody,” as well as her limited series “Pilgrim”s Wilderness.”

Patricia Vidal Delgado, Mentor and 2020 Festival Judge

Patricia Vidal Delgado is the writer and director of short films ‘Bué Sabi’, ‘Isa’, ‘Ico’, ’88’, ‘The Hood’ and ‘Caroline’. Her work has screened at both national and international film festivals including the Raindance Film Festival, Crown Heights Film Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival and the IndieLisboa International Film Festival. Delgado’s films have garnered a total of 8 wins and 32 nominations. ‘La Leyenda Negra’, her feature film debut, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category. As of March 2020, Patricia is a Sundance Institute FilmTwo Fellow and is represented by the talent agency Luber Roklin.

Laura Moss, Mentor and 2020 Festival Judge

Picture of Laura Moss on the set of Yomeddine, photo cred: Eythan Maidhof

Laura Moss is a filmmaker from New York City. They were named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, as well as an IFP Emerging Storyteller.

They directed the pilot of the sci-fi/comedy series, ‘neurotica’ (starring Karen Gillan and Jon Bass), which premiered April 2019 at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Director for a Comedy Pilot at Seriesfest.

Their short, ‘Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987) premiered at SXSW 2018. Their previous short, ‘Fry Day’, screened at SXSW and Tribeca in 2017. ‘Fry Day’ has since screened at over 50 international festivals and won 19 awards, including the top shorts prizes at Melbourne, Miami, New Hampshire and Hollyshorts. It is currently available on the Criterion Channel.

This January, Laura and their writing partner, Brendan O’Brien were fellows at the 2020 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, developing their horror feature ‘birth/rebirth’, an all-female redux of the Frankenstein myth. Laura is a 2020 Sundance Directors Lab fellow.

Haroula Rose, Mentor and 2020 Festival Judge

Haroula Rose is a filmmaker and musician from Chicago. Her feature film debut “Once Upon A River” will be released in 2020 by Film Movement. She has been supported by WarnerMedia’s Project 150, Warner Brothers Directors Workshop, Tribeca All Access, and Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. She is the writer and director of many short films as well, a pilot that premiered at Tribeca, and has also produced various projects including “Fruitvale Station”, “Permanent”, “Heaven Adores You”, and more. She studied at the University of Chicago, USC and was a Fulbright Fellow in Madrid. As a musician she has released music and toured since 2009, with her third studio album coming in 2020 also. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and is in pre-production on her second feature film.

Matt Fagerholm, Film Critic, Judge for 2020 Film Festival

Matt Fagerholm is an Assistant Editor at and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He spent four years writing film reviews and interviews for and has contributed to a variety of publications including Time Out Chicago, The A.V. Club and Magill’s Cinema Annual. His writing/editing experience includes serving as Assistant A&E Editor at the Columbia Chronicle and a full-time writer at the Woodstock Independent. He is a monthly guest on Vocalo radio’s The Morning AMp program, and is also the founder of Indie Outlook, a blog and podcast featuring exclusive interviews with some of the most exciting voices in modern independent filmmaking.

Rebecca Martin, Festival Director and Founder of Cinema Femme

Rebecca Martin, Managing Editor of Cinema Femme magazine, founded her publication in 2018 because she wanted to create a platform for female voices in the film community. She has hosted film screenings in Chicago and most recently covered the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.