In the 80 years of the Academy Awards, only three women have ever been nominated for Best Director (Lena Wertmuller/1975, Jane Campion/1993, Sofia Coppola/2003), and surprisingly, no woman has ever won that award. To spotlight the next generation of great women filmmakers who might one day walk away with an Oscar, Lifetime Movie Network and Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region along with The Hollywood Reporter, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), The Paley Center for Media, William Morris Agency and Women In Film Los Angeles are launching the second annual Every Woman’s Film Competition, presented by Lifetime Movie Network.
After the strong response to last year’s Lifetime Movie Network Student Filmmaker Competition, the 2008 contest has been expanded to all women interested in film—not just students.
In announcing the 2008 Competition, Louise Henry Bryson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lifetime Movie Network, said, “In 2006, women comprised 15 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.* Lifetime Movie Network—the only basic cable movie channel dedicated to women and the #2 network for women, second only to Lifetime—is working to change those statistics by offering the next generation of female filmmakers the chance to be discovered.”
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region will provide over $250,000 in promotional support to bring awareness of this competition to New Yorkers—home to thousands of talented local artists. Time Warner Cable will air a 30-second community message across dozens of cable networks as a call for entries, include information about the competition on its website, feature it in monthly e-newsletters and distribute promotional postcards at local area events and festivals.
“Time Warner Cable encourages all local area women to participate in Lifetime Movie Network’s second annual film competition. It provides the exclusive opportunity to have works created by talented female artists featured on cable television and at the Hamptons Film Festival this fall,” stated Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President, Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region. “We’re especially excited to partner with Lifetime Movie Network and provide substantial promotional support for this unique competition that celebrates and recognizes women.”
The Every Woman’s Film Competition entrants will produce short films three to five minutes in length to be judged by a “who’s who” of women in Hollywood. Angela Bassett, Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Shuler Donner, Gale Anne Hurd and Mimi Leder were among last year’s judges.
There will be a first place and second place winner, and three honorable mentions selected. In addition, the LMN.tv audience will have a chance to vote online for their favorite film which will determine the selection of a special LMN.tv Audience Winner. The judge-selected first place and second place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, to advance their film projects and exposure on Lifetime Movie Network and LMN.tv, as well as trips to both The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast and The Hamptons International Film Festival, where they will be featured guests. The three honorable mention recipients, as well as the favorite filmmaker chosen by the LMN.tv audience, will win $1000 each.
Contest information is available online at www.LMN.tv/filmcontest. The competition runs through July 8, 2008, and winners will be announced in October.
*Source: The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2006 By Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., School of Communication, San Diego State University, Copyright © 2007 All rights reserved.
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