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EMPOWERING SISTERS INCLUSION FORUM

A SEAT AT THE TABLE: EMPOWERMENT

HWFI educational panels and forums bring together female filmmakers and academics from around the world taking on topics that impact women globally and women in the arts, creating an international space of creative inclusion and empowerment. Topics include sex, race, gender, gender identity and LGBTQ in film TV and media. 


Forums include conversations on the under representation of women of color in film. Our panels examine Latinx in film culture, Black women in film then and now, and the struggle for visibility of Asian women in film and TV. 


Our forums take on fighting sexism and racism in our industry, working for global and environmental justice through the arts and balancing the gender pay scales. We examine how our roles as artists inform perceptions, ideas, the socio-political spectrum and the world around us.

Power Women Panel: Talking Sex Race And Gender in Film & Latinx in Film Photo: Christopher Hoppe

GLOBAL SISTERS PROGRAM

INTERNATIONAL FORUM

The Global Sisters Program showcases a selection of new films both narrative films and documentaries by female filmmakers from around the world.  Bringing together women in the arts from around the world offers all of us a greater understanding of our global community. Through the sharing of ideas and artistic works, we are able to broaden our perspectives and inspire each other. Our programs offer an opportunity for our global sisters to show their films here in Hollywood, the home of cinema.

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INTO THE FUTURE: SHOWCASING YOUNG FILMMAKERS

INFORMING THE FUTURE

Our Into The Future Program showcases innovative works by students and new filmmakers from around the world. We offer young filmmakers a platform to express their ideas through film and we encourage them to take artistic risks. We feel it is crucial that young people know they have value. We encourage them to think outside the box, be themselves, be original and to focus on the community and our global society.

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THE WORLD THROUGH THE LENS DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

SEEKING TRUTH THROUGH THE LENS

Viewing  history, world events, our global society, environmental and social justice issues through the lens of filmmakers from around the world.  We showcase and support documentary projects focusing on historical and biographical stories about women and projects with a focus on social justice, climate change, conservation, LGBTQ, sex, race and gender and gender equality topics. Seeking truth through the lens is at the heart of documentary filmmaking.

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NARRATIVE FEATURE & SHORT FILM PROGRAM

STORYTELLING

Showcasing and providing platforms for feature and short films written and directed by veteran and emerging female filmmakers. This program highlights the art of storytelling and the artists behind the camera including writers, directors, producers, the art of cinematography, lighting design, production design, costume design and the great makeup artists. We are now offering fiscal sponsorships to help filmmakers with financing exciting and innovative new projects in all film formats and genres and new media projects.


Our panels are focused on conversations that cover a broad spectrum of the creative process in film, TV, music videos, journalism and new media. Panels include the topics of  writing, directing, producing, acting, casting, financing, distribution, cinematography, costume design, production design, legal issues and the struggles and inspiration of the creative process.

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WOMEN IN THE ARTS: FILM & MUSIC

THE WIDER SCOPE: THE ART OF ART

Film is music in images. We have expanded our music program  to add more live performances. Music and film are two parts of a whole. Supporting and providing platforms for all genres of films media and music by female artists from around the world make all of us richer.  Taking our cue from the art world, we now have a Musical Artist-in-Residence Program. We have also added a program for poets, our Social Justice Spoken Word Program, to give a greater voice to the important global issues of our times.  Women in music face the same struggles as women in film. Together we can make each other stronger and inspire each other to greater artistic heights.

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