Lifetime Networks Announces The 2008 Every Woman's Film Competition Presented by Lifetime Movie Network in Partnership With The Hollywood Reporter, New York Women In Film & Television, The Paley Center for Media, William Morris Agency and Women In Film Los
Hollywood Judges And Lifetime Movie Network Viewers Will Select Winning
Films To Be Showcased On Lifetime Movie Network And LMN.tv And At The 2008
Hamptons International Film Festival
- Open Call to All Aspiring Women Filmmakers -
NEW YORK, April 7, 2008 -- 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 no woman has
ever won that award! To nurture the next generation of great women
filmmakers who might one day finally walk away with an Oscar, Lifetime
Movie Network, 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."
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
"This is one more way in which Lifetime is at the forefront of
inspiring women to express themselves and develop their talents," said
Elizabeth Guider, Editor, The Hollywood Reporter. "The Hollywood Reporter
is proud to be associated with this initiative."
"New York Women in Film & Television is committed to the goal of equity
for women in the film and television industries," said Terry Lawler,
Executive Director, NYWIFT. "Lifetime Movie Network's Every Woman's Film
Competition will recognize the young great new talents of the next decade
-- the women who will finally break the glass ceiling! We are looking
forward to working with Lifetime Movie Network on this wonderful project."
"Women In Film Los Angeles is thrilled to work with Lifetime Movie
Network and our illustrious partners in this important effort to empower
female directors," said Jane Fleming, President, Women In Film Los Angeles.
"It is through programs like the Every Woman's Film Competition that we can
improve the statistics and find the next creative leaders in
"At the Paley Center we're committed to recognizing and advancing the
achievements of women in all aspect of media as seen through our She Made
It initiative," said Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of The Paley Center
for Media. "So we are delighted to have another opportunity to support the
next generation of women filmmakers by partnering with Lifetime on the
Every Woman's Film Competition."
"We are thrilled to further women filmmakers by showcasing the winning
films of the Lifetime Movie Network's Every Woman's Film Contest for the
second year in a row at the 16th Annual Hamptons International Film
Festival," said Karen Arikian, Executive Director of the Hamptons
International Film Festival.
Contest information is available online at http://www.LMN.tv/filmcontest, and
an on-air spot encouraging women to enter the 2008 Every Woman's Film
Competition presented by Lifetime Movie Network ran during the
record-setting premiere of "The Capture of the Green River Killer," the
most-watched program in Lifetime Movie Network's 10-year history. Based on
the true story of the 20-year search for the most prolific serial killer in
United States history, "The Capture of the Green River Killer" stars Tom
Cavanagh, Amy Davidson and Sharon Lawrence.
The competition runs through June 15, 2008, and winners will be
announced in October. For more information please go to
*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,
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About The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com)
Now in its 77th year, The Hollywood Reporter covers the business of the
entertainment industry via a network of media outlets. They include the
print daily and weekly editions, the web site, various electronic-media
offerings and high-profile events such as the Key Art Awards and Women in
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About New York Women in Film & Television (http://www.nywift.org)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is the preeminent
entertainment industry association for women in New York City. Dedicated to
helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television
and new media, and promoting equity for women in these industries, NYWIFT
produces over fifty innovative programs and special events each year.
NYWIFT's 1,750 members are part of a network of forty international women
in film organizations, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide.
About The Paley Center for Media (http://www.paleycenter.org)
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles,
leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance
of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community
and media-interested public. At the center of its She Made It initiative is
a unique collection of television and radio programming created by women.
This landmark collection will provide a permanent record of the vital
contributions female television and radio creators and executives have made
to our culture. Over 1,500 hours of programming have been collected to
date, compiled both from the Paley Center's existing collection of more
than 140,000 programs and from new acquisitions. The She Made It archives
are available for viewing and listening at both Paley Center locations in
New York and Los Angeles. Public events highlighting the work of leading
women in the industry and an interactive website (http://www.shemadeit.org)
support this valuable collection.
About Women In Film Los Angeles (http://www.wif.org)
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women
achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment,
communications and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women
within those industries. Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In
Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts,
educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access
to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in
support of this mission.
About William Morris Agency (http://www.wma.com)
Founded in 1898, William Morris Agency (WMA) is the largest and most
diversified talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices
in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai.
The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment
industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal
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Media, and Video Games.