BENEFITING: ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILMMAKERS
EVENT DATE: Mar 24, 2012
Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival Symposium is an all day event that consists of filmmaking workshops and seminars which empower women of diverse backgrounds generally not represented in other major festivals by providing resources that enables them to make culturally diverse contributions to the Los Angeles community through film.
Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., School of Communications, San Diego State University, conducted a study on films presented at the top 25 film festivals in the U.S. (June 2008-May 2009) titled “Independent Women: Behind-the-Scenes Representation in Festival Films,” which included the following findings:
Only 22% of films screened at the top 25 festivals were directed by women.
Women accounted for 19% of writers working on films screened at the top festivals.
Only 22% of the films screened at the top 25 festivals were executive produced by women.
Women comprised 23% of editors working on films presented at the top 25 festivals.
To help further our mission in conjunction with our annual festival, we produce filmmaking seminars and workshops that are led by accomplished industry leaders in the areas of finance distribution entertainment law and marketing to help women obtain the resources needed to successfully make and sell their films.