Scottsdale hosts Worldwide Women’s Film Fest in February

Worldwide Women’s Film Fest will screen films in Scottsdale in February. (submitted graphic)

About 122 feature films, documentaries, short films and music videos from 21 countries will be featured in Scottsdale.

Features from countries including Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, France, Croatia, Netherlands, Canada and United States will be screened in the second Worldwide Women’s Film Festival, Feb. 8-10, returning to the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.

Celebrating women filmmakers, festival co-founders Kim A. Huenecke and Eva Louis of Phoenix selected films with a woman in at least one key creative role of writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor and composer to be shown and judged from United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, India, South Africa, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago for the festival, according to a press release.

About two-dozen awards will be given, including Best Feature, Best Short, Best
Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short, Best Horror, Best Thriller/Action, Best Original Music, with audience awards and more, the release said.

“We’re really excited to team up this year with The Bridge Initiative, a nonprofit organization that celebrates professional female theatre artists and promotes gender parity across all theatrical disciplines,” Ms. Huenecke said in a prepared statement. “They will give cash prizes for the top films passing the Bechdel Test, which must have two female characters speaking to one another about something other than a man.”

Ms. Huenecke, a local actor and women’s organization volunteer, wanted to support and promote women in film. She helped create the festival in 2016, the release stated.

With Ms. Louis, a producer, writer and actor and president of Chronic Behavior LLC, a promotion and marketing company, the two enlisted local and regional businesses and film community members to help with the festival.

Volunteers are also welcomed to assist in various areas, the release added.

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