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Eti’s Athena (2017)

New FF2 Contributor Eti Or reports on her time at the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, hosted by Barnard College in Manhattan  from 2/9/17 thru 2/12/17. AFF’18 dates are 2/22/18 thru 2/25/18. We hope to see YOU there next year 🙂

I flew from Tel Aviv to New York recently to help my grandmother for a few months.… read more.

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Allstate increases grant for Siskel Film Center

The Allstate Corporation has given the Gene Siskel Film Center a $10,000 grant for their annual Black Harvest Film Festival, a $5,000 increase from last year. This is the third year that Allstate has given the film center and 2017 marks the BHFF’s 23rd year. The grant will focus on the festival’s Youth Filmmaker Program, which allows students from middle and high school who are passionate about film to be connected with professional filmmakers.read more.

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

makeoscargold17

Dear Cinephiles: It’s time to think about short lists for the 89th annual OscarBowl on February 26, 2017.

Backlash from the 2016 Oscar snubs sparked our merit-based Make Oscars Gold campaign, a combination of #OscarsSoWhite (lack of minorities) and #StopBlueOscar (lack of women). If Oscar wants to be “gold” = merit-based, then everyone should have an equal chance of success.read more.

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ALWAYS SHINE

images-4Takals’s film Always Shine successfully utilizes the best elements of several genres, excellent sound design, to produce a final product that is all at once horrifying and beautiful. The story is simple: two young actresses whose friendship has been tainted by one woman’s success and the other’s lack of success.… read more.

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FYC ’17: Jan Lisa Huttner

Dear AMPAS: FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner asks you to consider these fourteen films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016) for Oscar nominations next month.

(Note that this list is dated 12/1/16 & will be updated after 12/31/16.)

Jan’s Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (Yes!read more.

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FYC ’17: Brigid Presecky

FF2 Managing Editor Brigid Presecky asks you to consider these six films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016). Note that this list was created in November & will be updated after December 31, 2016.

My Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (2)

My Favorite Documentary Films of 2016 (2)

My Favorite Foreign Language Films of 2016 (2)

  • Long Way North (Writers Claire Paoletti
    and Patricia Valeix)
  • Nakom (Director Kelly Daniela Norris)

Photo: Jack of the Red Hearts

Photo Credit: Sundial Pictures… read more.

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