Presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series

Big Apple Film Festival Women's Filmmaker Showcase is an exhibition and celebration of independent films by established and up and coming women filmmakers. It will be presented at the SVA Theatre in NYC. The series will include NYC premieres, filmmaker Q and A's, and a networking reception. The event is part of the Big Apple Film Festival’s new and exciting Year Round Screening Series.
​ The goal of this particular series is to promote and empower women filmmakers, and to foster and promote emerging talent. According to a study from the Center of the Study for Women in Film and Television, "Women accounted for 28% of all creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and directors of photography working on programs delivered via the various platforms last year." Additionally, according to a recent study from the Hollywood Reporter, "Women made up just 7 percent of all directors on the top 250 films, a 2 percent decline from 2015, according to San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film." Thus, through this series, the Big Apple Film Festival hopes to make a difference and recognize the importance of and the contributions of women filmmakers.

About our series PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR, Erica Lauren Rubin:

Erica has worked for the past year as a programmer and moderator for the Big Apple Film Festival. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, magna cum laude, Saint John’s University and is currently studying to become a Cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Erica, an artist herself, is a professional opera singer, performing throughout Europe and the US. As head of programming for the BAFF Women's Filmmaker Showcase, she is excited to work alongside emerging and established women filmmakers, seeking to exhibit and promote meaningful, dynamic and inspiring women-driven indie films.

Rules & Terms

1. Films of all genres will be considered, as long as they are directed by women filmmakers

2. This year's event will accept feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries and web series episodes.

3. Feature films and feature documentaries must be over 60 minutes and short films, short documentaries and web series episodes must be under 30 minutes.

4. All films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017