The grassroots women-in-film initiative Ladies’s Weekend Movie Problem (WWFC) is about to host its fifth version right this moment, August 11, by August 14 in New York Metropolis. The problem will see 180 skilled filmmakers becoming a member of forces to create six quick movies.
Based in 2017 by Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre, the initiative goals to deal with the dearth of ladies and non-binary folks behind the digicam and on display screen by a wide range of applications. In addition to its signature movie problem, an inaugural pilot accelerator program was additionally launched final yr.
In line with a press launch, this weekend will see the problem return for the primary time for the reason that Coronavirus pandemic shut down movie productions throughout the globe in 2020.
This yr’s 180 individuals are assigned to 6 groups created by WWFC, who will every have to jot down, shoot, and edit a movie in simply 84 hours — at midday right this moment, August 11, organizers chosen a style for every crew, and introduced a prop that every one movies should incorporate. Scripts are to be written right this moment, filmed on Friday and Saturday, after which the individuals can have till Sunday, August 14, at 11:59 p.m. to submit their accomplished shorts.
Stated Sayre, “our neighborhood was actually hungry for this chance after COVID shut down manufacturing. That is our first in-person program after the pandemic hit, and the record-breaking variety of submissions we acquired confirmed how a lot curiosity there’s in networking with a various group of ladies and non-binary filmmakers.” Practically 600 folks utilized to fill each position of manufacturing this yr.
An alumna of the 2019 problem as an actor, Kareema Bee utilized once more following a optimistic expertise the primary time. Now a producer in command of one of many groups, Bee stated: “The Ladies’s Weekend Movie Problem helped me to stretch artistically and discover neighborhood with different artists. I’m trying ahead to main an unbelievable forged and crew this yr to get to the end line with a brief movie.”
The finished movies will get pleasure from a premiere screening hosted by WWFC in late August, offering the individuals a chance for additional networking.
“This can be a distinctive alternative for our filmmakers to not solely exponentially develop their networks and construct their portfolios, but additionally to see their work on display screen simply weeks after they created it,” defined Medoff. “At our screenings, our individuals greet one another like outdated mates. Whenever you work ‘within the trenches’ with a crew on such a good deadline, it creates such a long-lasting bond.”