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Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne Among 2014 Women In Film Honorees

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 10:52am PDT

womeninfilm__130429172832-200x100Women In Film has announced recipients of the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards honoring exemplary women in the entertainment industry. Cate Blanchett will receive the 2014 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television goes to Kerry Washington; Rose Byrne will be honored with the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award; Jennifer Lee will receive the 2014 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award; and Eva Longoria will be honored with the 2014 Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award. The Crystal + Lucy Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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Sundance: Director Rory Kennedy Slams “Sexist” Hollywood At Women In Film Panel

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 1:19pm PST

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608“We live in a sexist world and Hollywood is at the heart of it,” said Rory Kennedy today at the Sundance Film Festival’s annual Women In Film panel. “The financing structure of Hollywood films is also part of the urlproblem,” added fellow panelist Valerie Veatch, the director/producer of the HBO Docs film Love Child. “Women not playing nine rounds of golf stops us from having access to the money, to the hedge funds and the other financing,” she added.

Dear White People producer Effie Brown, producer Lori Cheatle of HBO’s Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, Web Junkie co-director/producer Hilla Medalia, Rich Hills co-director/producer Tracy Droz Tragos, joined Veatch and Kennedy on the panel Sunday. The daughter of Robert Kennedy, the director/producer’s Last Days in Vietnam docu debuted at the festival on January 17. This is WIF’s eighth annual panel at Sundance.

Related: Women In 2013 Movies: Study Finds “Gender Inertia” Behind The Scenes

Today’s panel comes less than a week after San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film released its annual Celluloid Ceiling Report. Read More »

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Women In Film Awards 28th Annual Film Finishing Fund Grants

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT

Seven filmmakers were awarded finishing funds today from the Women In Film Foundation’s annual grant program, which is in its 28th year. 113 feature length narrative, docu, and short films were submitted this year for consideration under the program’s criteria of being films by, for, or about women. Past recipients Freeheld, a 2007 short, and 1994 docu Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision went on to nab Oscars. Cash grants and in-kind production services went to these 2013 winning projects: Read More »

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Laura Linney On Gender Inequality In Film Business: ‘It’s Unhealthy”

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 10:12am PDT

Laura Linney last night received the The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at Women in Film LA’s annual Crystal+Lucy awards gala at the Beverly Hilton. A three-time Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy winner, she was introduced by producer-director Alan Poul and gave an acceptance speech that one Deadline insider at the event called “the best I’ve heard in years”. Said Linney: “Rarely do you have a scene with other women, very few women are on the crew, and what few female executives arrive tend to keep to themselves. … This is a problem”. Here’s the full transcript:

Thank you Alan for that exceedingly kind introduction. And thank you to the board of trustees of Woman in Film, not only for this honor, but for all of the work that you do to encourage and improve the landscape for women in our pursuit of both art and commerce within this entertainment industry.

My relationship to film and television started, by Hollywood standards, relatively late in my life. I was born into the theatre which claimed my heart since childhood. I loved film, I loved going to films, I loved SEEING people think and react: I marveled at the acting skills and choices that were made and cinematic storytelling, but it was a world that intimated me greatly and one which felt foreign and very far away.

But life is full of many surprises, and after my days at Juilliard, my very wise agent, the late Brian Riordan, ever so slowly encouraged me to dip my toe in the film waters. I resisted, but he prevailed. I was a day player on a few films which was fun, did a commercial or two, and then was cast in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, which changed my connection to camera work and indeed, changed my life. I will never forget the day that the penny dropped. We were filming in a grocery store, and Parker Posey and I were traveling with our grocery carts, with great energy, from the frozen food aisle to the vegetables. I rarely had had so much fun, and it was on that day that I realized that there would have to be room in my life for two loves…..and I gave myself permission to be a film/theatre bigamist.

As I spent more and more time on sets, a few surprising and alien patterns began to emerge. An enormous amount of time and energy went into conversations about the color of my hair. Producers, all male, would shake their heads in dismay, and send me back to the colorist with some idea of what they wanted with their very specific and helpful straight man vocabulary of “MORE” blonde or “LESS” blonde. ( I always thought they were trying to re-create a color from some old flame). It became absurd and predicable and a complete waste of time…..I have been more shades of blonde then you can possibly imagine. And it is a miracle that I have a strand left in my head.

Unlike in the theatre, I soon realized that for the most part I was surrounded by men. A lot of really wonderful men as well as some not so wonderful ones. As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists. Rarely do you have a scene with other women, very few women are on the crew, and what few female executives arrive tend to keep to themselves. You have fewer and fewer women to turn to for help or advice, and information is not easily shared.

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2013 Women In Film Honorees Include Laura Linney, Hailee Steinfeld, Sofia Coppola

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 10:32am PDT

Women In Film has announced recipients of the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards honoring exemplary women in the entertainment industry. Laura Linney will receive the 2013 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television goes to The Women of Mad Men: Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare, and Kiernan Shipka; Hailee Steinfeld will receive the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award; Sofia Coppola will be honored with the 2013 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award and Rachel Morrison will receive the 2013 Kodak Vision Award. George Lucas has been named winner of the 2013 Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award. The Crystal + Lucy Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Women In Film Taking Applications For Finishing Fund Grants

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 9:18am PST
Mike Fleming

Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2013 Film Finishing Fund grants, it was announced today by FFF Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone. The application period continues until April 29, 2013, and the winners will be announced in October, 2013. Since its inception 28 years ago, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 170 films from all over the world.

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Women Dominate Early Competition Films As Marion Cotillard Hits The Festival For The First Time: Cannes

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 6:10pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Controversy? What controversy? Some journalists and bloggers, including at least one who isn’t even here, are saying there is a controversy in Cannes this year over the fact that no women directors are represented in the official selection. That may be true — there were four last year — but anyone who has sat through the first four competition films as I have must realize that, so far at least, women are the dominating factor in all of them. And from what I have been tipped about the remaining films it is just the beginning. Women may not be behind the camera this year but they are very prominent in front of it. They are also prominent on the jury making up nearly half. When asked about the lack of women directors this year, Oscar winning juror Andrea Arnold said she would never want one of her movies considered for a berth just because it was directed by a woman. Nevertheless women are a very visible force in the films seen to date. And there is the image of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe on the festival’s poster everywhere you go here.

In Wednesday night’s opener Moonrise Kingdom, young newcomer Kara Hayward practically carries the movie (with co-star Jared Gilman) which also features female heavyweights Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. In the Egyptian film After The Battle that premiered in Thursday’s late slot, women dominated the action as the film deals … Read More »

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Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund Grants Seek Submissions

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 11:56am PST

The Women in Film’s Film Finishing Fund, which awards grants of up to $15,000 to filmmakers making projects by, for and about women, is seeking submissions for the 2012 cycle. Applicants should hurry, since the entry process began in January — though it was only announced today — and closes May 18. The in-kind grants cover such post-production needs as online editing, closed captioning, color correcting and more. Now in its 27th year, the Women in Film’s Film Finishing Fund has awarded more than $2 million in funds to help complete 170 films. Among those are the 2008 documentary short Oscar winner Freeheld, and the 1994 Oscar-winning documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.

Los Angeles, CA – March 7, 2012 – The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind donations. The in-kind grants may include post services, such as online editing, sound mixing, color correction, closed captioning, in addition to others. The new grant cycle is currently open and WIFF FFF is accepting submissions. Filmmakers who are eligible may find more information and apply through:

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2011 Women In Film Honorees Include Annette Bening, Katie Holmes

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 9:19am PDT

Los Angeles, CA (April 5, 2011) – Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA) has chosen to honor some of the most creative, dynamic and forceful women in the entertainment industry, those who excel and lead by example. This year’s prestigious Crystal + Lucy Awards®, a gala fundraising dinner in support of WIF LA’s many educational and philanthropic programs, will take place on Thursday, June 16 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Announced today by the new President of WIF LA, Cathy Schulman, the honorees are:

2011 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – ANNETTE BENING

2011 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – NINA TASSLER

Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future®” 2011 – KATIE HOLMES

2011 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® – PAMELA FRYMAN

2011 Kodak Vision Award – REED MORANO

“I’m proud to announce the honorees for the 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards,” said Schulman. “Each of these women has made a genuine impact. Collectively, as leaders in every aspect of their lives, professionally and philanthropically, they stand as shining examples to men and women throughout the entertainment industry that achieving everything is possible.”

Iris Grossman, President Emeritus, WIF LA, returns this year as Chair of the Awards; Jane Fleming, President Emeritus, WIF LA will co-chair. Event Eleven will produce the evening.

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Women In Film Appoints Cathy Schulman President

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 5:58pm PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles….Today outgoing President of Women In Film, Jane Fleming announced that Academy Award winning producer, Cathy Schulman, has been elected the new President, with her three-year term beginning officially on January 1, 2011.

“I am thrilled to announce that Cathy Schulman will take over as the next President of Women In Film,” says Fleming. “I can think of no one better to take the reins of Women In Film as the organization grows in scope and impact to meet the challenges of the 21st century. She is a proven leader, producer and visionary as well as a committed teacher, philanthropist and mentor. Moreover, her production experience in film and television, both scripted and documentary, gives her a unique insight into the diverse needs of the women the organization serves. I have no doubt that Cathy and this extraordinary new group of Board members will take Women In Film to great heights. I look forward to working by their side to implement Cathy’s mandate.”

“I am excited to follow in the footsteps of the wonderful Jane Fleming and the other great women who have acted as President of Women In Film,” says Schulman. “We have assembled a tremendous Board, and we must continue to define our mandate so that the needs of women in entertainment are met. Equally, we need to ensure women act collectively to make positive change for both men and women working in this ever-changing landscape, invest in next generation thinking

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