POWFest 2008 - inaugural Portland Women's Film Festival


Sour Apple Productions, in partnership with Film Action Oregon, is proud to present the 2008 Portland Women’s Film Festival Schedule of Events. The mission of the Portland Women’s Film Festival is to showcase the very best contemporary international independent films made by women, promote and create opportunities for women working in all areas of the film industry, and educate the greater community through filmmaker panels and hands-on workshops.

Spanning May 15-18, and held at Portland, Oregon’s historic Hollywood Theatre, POW Fest will throw a rockin’ kick-off party at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, exhibit select women-made movies, moderate several exciting filmmaker panels, host an expo of women-owned and served businesses, offer a day-long screenwriting workshop, and present a variety of emPOWering Q&As with the numerous filmmakers who will be in attendance. In addition, the festival will spotlight a retrospective of the Guest of Honor, female indie director pioneer Allison Anders’, award-winning feature film work, including Gas Food Lodging (Co-Presented by Portland State University) and Border Radio (Presented by Video Vérité).

New niche festivals are always welcome news, since they provide additional screening opportunities for the niches they serve. Some people worry about being pigeonholed by such festivals, but I think it's silly to be concerned with that when it's difficult enough to play any festival. It's a gift to have such direct conduit to your audience -- if somone's providing you with the means to reach people who want to see work by women, why wouldn't you want to play there?

Visit the POWFest web site.

(Disclosure: POWFest is a B-Side partner festival.)