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Directed by Women: a worldwide film viewing party

  • 11 Aug 2015
  • 02 Sep 2015
  • Global

Let's invite the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate WOMEN FILM DIRECTORS & their films!

Join the worldwide film viewing party September 1 - 15, 2015.

Now's the time to make plans in your community. Directed by Women will consist of events large and small all around the world... in a 15 day exuberant celebration. 

Everyone is welcome to participate and to co-create events. No prior experience is necessary, however, if you ARE already actively engaged in supporting women filmmakers, THANK YOU so much. You are so very welcome to bring your work creatively into the celebration. Let's work together to make Directed by Women a fantastic affirmation of everything you've been contributing to the flourishing of women filmmakers and their work.

HERE ARE SOME POSSIBLE WAYS TO ENGAGE... 

SOLO CELEBRATION
Dedicate yourself to spending time at least once between September 1st & 15th in 2015 watching one or more woman directed film/tv show/web series/home movie/etc. 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT/HOUSE PARTY
Gather family and friends together at your place for a fun filled evening (or day) of film viewing & make sure you choose films directed by women. 

GOING BIGGER: GATHERING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Attend or organize a Directed by Women event in your area. Consider the possibility that you are called to bring people together for film screenings, guest filmmaker visits (in person or via skype/google hangout,etc) or other related activities in your community. You'll need to arrange screening rights. We'll be sharing information to help you sort out the details for this in your part of the world. 

COMMUNITY SCREENINGS
Possible places to hold screenings: libraries, community centers, classrooms, conference rooms, outdoors, etc etc etc. Be on the lookout for existing groups that have a natural relationship with the kinds of films you'd like to celebrate. Invite those groups to weave their activities together with your Directed by Women celebration. No need to start from scratch. Women make films on a wide range of topics. See if there's a good match... and co-create. Great way to strengthen community.

CINEMA SCREENINGS
If you run a cinema, how many women directed films can you program during that 15 day period? New films or films from any time in film history. Women have been making films almost from the very beginning of cinema.

If you're a cinema lover, connect with programmers at your local movie theaters: multiplex, local independent cinema, or microcinema. Invite them to work with you to bring this worldwide film viewing party to their venue. They'll have expertise with the mechanics of arranging screening rights and organizing film formats, but they might not know about all the incredible women filmmakers working now and in the past. You'll be able to help them with that, because at Directed by Women we'll be actively helping you find out about wonderful films and how to locate them. 

FESTIVALS/SYMPOSIA/CONFERENCES
Of course... you could go big... very big... that would be great and coordinate celebrations with multiple screenings and other events. Let's think about possibilities.

ONLINE
Lots of options here.. everything from individuals setting up their own channels to show off the women made films and web content they like the most to programmers of major streaming sites choosing to highlight films @[null:@[null:#DirectedbyWomen]]. 

INVITING FILMMAKERS TO THE PARTY
No matter what level of celebration you choose to organize or participate in, consider how you can include the women whose work we are celebrating. 

OFFERING THANKS
Whether you engage Directed by Women celebration streaming a short film on your handheld or pull off a multi-day film festival for thousands to enjoy, remember to offer thanks in public for the films you've engaged... and recognize that you are a valuable part of the global film community. Help make this an incredible celebration.

WOMEN FILMMAKERS
If you are a woman filmmaker, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Your work means so much to us. Help us celebrate with you by stepping up to share about yourself as a film artist. Please help Directed by Women celebration organizers find out how to screen/stream your work legally. 

It is a joy and a privilege to celebrate with you all....

EVERYONE... LET'S PLAN A HUGE PARTY
Don't wait for permission. Be bold. Create events in your area (or online). And let us know about them. Invite your friends who love film to dive in and engage. Everyone who wishes to celebrate women filmmakers is very welcome to join us. 

Thank you for helping to dream a more beautiful, creative, robust, appreciative, inclusive, celebratory film world into being.

munay,
Barbara Ann O'Leary 
Directed by Women Catalyst...


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