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WIFTI Board of Directors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION INTERNATIONAL�S (WIFTI)
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN�S DAY 2006
TO PREMIERE ON EIGHTEEN CITIES IN FIVE COUNTRIES.
(New York, NY - February
Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) is proud to announce the
simultaneous launch of its first annual
Short Film Showcase on Wednesday, March 8 � International Women�s Day 2006 � across eighteen screens in five countries within its network of member Chapters.
For one night only - from Los Angeles, USA to Auckland, New Zealand - WIFTI Chapters worldwide will present an outstanding collection of short films by some of today�s best female filmmakers. The 2006 Showcase is comprised of seven award-winning short films, selected by WIFTI�s international Board of Directors, from finalist shorts from the WOW International Festival in Australia and the NYWIFT/Hamptons International Film Festival�s To The Point: Women Telling Tales Through Media event.
Women�s Day commemorates achievements, acts of courage and determination by ordinary
women. What better way for WIFTI members and the
public to celebrate than with a screening of original, accomplished international short films by and about modern women,� comments Paulina B. Abarca, Showcase Producer and WIFTI�s Chair of Programming.
The seven films comprising the 2006 WIFT International Short Film Showcase are:
KYLIE GOLDSTEIN, ALL AMERICAN / 3 minutes
Director: Eva Saks � USA
/ 13 minutes
Director: Vicki Sugars � AUSTRALIA
THE CLIFFS / 15 minutes
Director: Lisa M. Perry � USA
M�NAGE � TROIS / 15 min
Director: Kimberly M. Wetherell - USA
SCIENCE OF LOVE / 14 min
Director/Writer: Joyce Draganosky � USA
/ 23 minutes
Director: Andrea Arnold � United Kingdom
SUM / 8min, 3 secs
Director: Eva Colmers - Canada
Each WIFT Chapter may also add outstanding regional films of their choosing to WIFTI�s 91-minute Showcase.
Together, the seven short films have garnered over fifty international awards including a 2005 Academy Award, a Jury Award for International Filmmaking: Sundance International Film Festival and the Grand Prix The Golden Dragon at the International Short Film Festival, Poland for Andrea Arnold�s WASP; a Best Foreign Film Award at the 2005 Cr�teil International Film Festival, for Vicki Sugars� MOUSTACHE; and an IFP Audience Choice Award: Columbia University Film Festival for Joyce Draganosky�s THE SCIENCE OF LOVE.
��These films showcase the talents of directors at different stages of their career. Each has a unique strength, each displays inspired craftsmanship,� said Abarca from Montreal. �Couple them with the ingenuity of our Chapters to present welcoming, highly stimulating events, and you have the makings of a truly fabulous evening.�
WIFTI Chapters Participating in the Showcase and Screening Location:
Women in Film & Television, Alberta, Canada
Calgary: Mount Royal College
Edmonton: Shaw Theatre, NAIT Campus, 106 Street & Princess Elizabeth Avenue
Women in Film, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Women in Film & Television NSW, Australia
Sydney: Theatrette, Parliament House, Macquarie St.
Guest of Honour: Dr. Meredith Burgmann MLC T: 61(2) 9230.2301
Bay Area Women in Film & Television, San Francisco, California, USA
San Francisco: Variety Club Screening Room, Hobart Building, 582 Market Street
Women in Film, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Women in Film, Dallas, Texas, USA
Dallas: The Studio Movie Grill in Addision, 5405 Beltline Rd. Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Glass - T: 972-992-6684
Women in Film & Video, Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC: Gala Hispanic Theatre-Tivoli, DC3333 14th Street, NW. www.dciff.org
Women in Film & Television, Houston, Texas, USA
Women in Film & Television, Kingston, Jamaica
Women in Film, Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles: The Little Kodak Theatre, 6700 Santa Monica Blvd. T: 310-657-5144.
Femmes de cin�ma de la t�l�vision et des nouveaux m�dias - Montreal, Canada
Montreal: Astral M�dia Screening Room: 2100 Ste-Catherine W. 2nd Floor. T: 514.482.9496
Women in Film & Video, New England, USA
Brookline: Coolidge Corner Theatre. T: 781.788.6607
Women in Film, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe: The Film Center, St.Michael�s Village West � Special Guest: Shirley Maclaine - www.nmwif.com
New York Women in Film, New York City, New York, USA*
New York City:� HBO Theatre, 1100 Avenue of the Americas T: 212/679-0870 /[email protected]
*NYWIFT will present the Showcase on March 22.
Women in Film & Television, Auckland, New Zealand
Rialto Cinemas Broadway, Newmarket� T: 378 7271 or [email protected]
Women in Film & Television, Toronto, Canada
Toronto: NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St. (at Richmond). T: 416-322.3430
Women in Film & Video, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The 2006 Short Film Showcase is made possible through the invaluable collaboration and assistance of: New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), The Hamptons International Film Festival: TO THE POINT: Women Telling Stories through Media event, the WOW International Film Festival in Australia and;
Femmes de cin�ma de la t�l�vision et des nouveaux m�dias � Montr�al
WIFTI is a global network comprised of over 35 Women In Film and Television chapters worldwide and more than 10,000 members.� All are dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media.� To accomplish this goal, WIFTI provides networking and learning opportunities, scholarships, a film finishing fund, a presence at major worldwide film festivals, as well as offering help and encouragement to women who aspire to work in the film and TV industries. www.wifti.org