Casting Networks® is proud to sponsor the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge (WWFC), which is returning to New York City this summer to create six new short films. Now in its fifth year, the grassroots initiative was founded to address the lack of women and non-binary filmmakers in the entertainment industry.
WWFC, founded by Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre, has held four film challenges since 2017, including three in NYC and one in LA. To date, more than 700 female and nonbinary participants have produced 30 short films that have been screened at more than 90 film festivals. This is the first film challenge the organization has hosted since the pandemic shut down productions nationwide.
“We are so excited to once again be hosting the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge to provide a diverse group of talented filmmakers with the opportunity to tell their stories on screen,” Sayre said. “Many creative relationships have been fostered through our four previous challenges, and the results — 30 expertly crafted short films — prove there is no shortage of skilled women in every role of production.”
There is no cost to participate, and the organization provides high-quality equipment and workshops. The organizers are expecting more than 1,000 applicants for the 2022 challenge. Ultimately, about 200 challenge participants will be selected and assigned to teams that will write, shoot and edit a short film all in a single weekend. Participants meet their teammates for the first time at a pre-production meeting shortly before the challenge begins. Genres and props to incorporate are assigned randomly for each team which then has August 11-14 to create a film from writing a script to submitting a finished product. Finished films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals ranging from casting directors to cinematographers.
“While progress has been made to combat gender imbalance in the film industry, more work must be done to achieve equity,” Medoff said. “Participants will finish the weekend not only with a highly professional short film but also with a broad network of motivated, talented women.”
The films produced will be screened in late August in Manhattan, providing participants with the opportunity to celebrate and network with others in the film industry.
For more information, visit womensweekendfilmchallenge.com.
Women’s Weekend Film Challenge:
Experienced, New York-based filmmakers in every role of production from gaffers and sound mixers to writers and actors are invited to apply now through June 27, 2022.
- When: 8/11-8/14
- Where: New York City
- Application deadline: 6/27
- Apply Here: womensweekendfilmchallenge.com