This Saturday we were pleased to award a Digital Bolex rental package to the Best Film and Audience Award winners of the 4th annual Etheria Film Night, held at the Egyptian Theater in the heart of Hollywood.
Etheria is a film festival that showcases the best short sci-fi, horror, action, fantasy, and thriller films directed by women each year, and many of these films have already played at dozens of festivals like Sundance and Palm Springs. I was honored to be a judge at the festival, and Joe and I were both floored by the quality of the films selected this year.
Women filmmakers often face smaller budgets and tougher hurdles while launching their film careers, and as a result there are very few women who get the chance to direct genre films, whose stunts, car chases, special makeup, and spooky practical effects can be difficult to execute without access to resources, so Etheria is a much-needed festival whose mission we’re proud to support. As fans of independent cinema and new filmmakers, we were very glad to do what we could to help these women get their fantastic work into the public eye. It was especially exciting that the slate featured a film by Gigi Saul Guerrero, whose short DEAD CROSSING we saw at NFFTY in 2012.
Awards for 2014 went to AFI DWW graduate Sarah Doyle, audience award winner for her film YOU, ME, & HER (trailer below), and German director Julia Walter won Best Film for her calculated thriller JOB INTERVIEW. We were excited to sponsor the event alongside Birns & Sawyer, MovieMaker Magazine, and others interested in helping underrepresented filmmakers share their stories. Proceeds from the event benefited Reel Grrls, a Seattle-based organization that teachers girls and teens how to make films.