First-Time Female Filmmaker Contest Winners–NYC and LA

Women and Hollywood has selected the New York and Los Angeles winners and runners up of its First-Time Female Filmmaker Contest, an initiative designed to help build a pipeline of women directors.

Winner — NY

“ILE O Curta”
Directed by Vanessa Coscia

A transsexual child, with all the support of their parents, will face their grandmother’s and society’s prejudice to show their desire to be accepted for who they are.

Runner Up — NY

Directed by Brittany Fennell

“Q.U.E.E.N.” tells the story of a teenage girl with a troubled past who uses writing as her muse to say all the things she is too afraid to say. Through self-discovery and a little bit of courage, Imani faces her biggest fear at a rap battle.

“ILE O Curta” and “Q.U.E.E.N.” screened at Women and Hollywood’s 10th anniversary event in New York on October 17.

Winner — LA

“O Florescer Da Voz”
Directed by Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos

“O Florescer Da Voz” is a short documentary uncovering the story of Anastasia. A slave brought to Brazil from Africa. Exploring two modern day women becoming powerful references for the next generation of women. Using the voice as a tool for social transformation, and women’s empowerment.

Runner Up — LA

Directed by Angela Jude

“Prudence” is about a dishonorably discharged World War II nurse, stricken by grief and crippling dementia. Who seeks out her beloved to dance with one last time.

“O Florescer Da Voz” and “Prudence” will screen at the anniversary event in LA on October 25.

Note: The London winner and runner up will be announced at a later date.