Celebrating its 13th year, the annual Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival offers a platform where women artists can showcase their work and tell their stories. Presented by the Alliance of Women Filmmakers at LA Live Regal Cinemas, the festival was a weekend not to be missed.
This year’s Women’s International Film Festival also happened to fall on the 10th annual International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day which was co-founded by FF2’s own Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner. Both the festival and SWAN Day share the same mission, to celebrate the achievements of women artists.
The FF2 Media Los Angeles team spent our SWAN Day watching the festival’s carefully curated shorts program, which boasted numerous strong contenders all diverse in their content.
Check out some stand out films from the shorts program below!
Lost Girls written and directed by Julia Verdin comes from the United Kingdom and deals with the heavy truths surrounding the very real horrors of young girls forced into sex trafficking.
The Next Step
The Next Step comes from first time filmmaker Rachel Medeiros. The short is based on her familial experiences and tackles the realities of living with a disability through the lens of childhood wonder.
C.I.T. written and directed by Cara Consilvio sets itself in the equine world. It tells the story of two best friends whose lives are thrown into upheaval when one is forced to keep a life-altering secret from the other.
Still recovering years later from their difficult breakup, two women unknowingly see the same therapist. Signing Out directed by Dana Brawer and written and starred in by Adriana Leonard and Jenna Michno, outlines the heartbreak that comes with falling in and out of love.
Read our full review of Signing Out here!
Top Photo: Q&A Panel with the filmmakers after the screening.
Middle Photo: A still from Signing Out.
Bottom Photo: FF2 Media’s Executive Editor Jessica Perry with director Dana Brawer.