TFA Presents the DoXX Spotlight: Celebrating Women Documentary Filmmakers
This International Women's Day, TFA is proud to announce a new women-driven, documentary competition - the DoXX Spotlight - debuting at the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October. We look forward to this showcase bringing much warranted attention to women filmmakers from around the globe.
The Women's Media Center notes that over the last 10 years, only about 20% of behind-the-camera Oscar nominations (directing, writing, editing, etc) have gone to women. When examining the highest-grossing films since 2007, only 4% of the top 1,000 were directed by women.
Every year, many of Tallgrass Film Festival's most timely and challenging films have been made by women, particularly in the realm of documentary filmmaking. These filmmakers have taken oft tough subject matter and strong voices and have made films that tell essential stories from thoughtful perspectives.
Eligible films will be documentary features directed by a woman, (male/female co-directing teams are not eligible) and will not have any traditional distribution deal (theatrical or VOD) at the time of the festival. Films are not bound by budget or country of origin.
Finalists will be selected by the Tallgrass Film Festival Programming Committee and will then be reviewed by a 3-woman jury of industry professionals including Beth Barrett, Artisitic Director, Seattle International Film Festival; Maisie Crow, Director, JACKSON (2016 Tallgrass Film Festival); and Debra Zimmerman, Excutive Director, Women Make Movies.
The top film, as selected by the jury, will screen as part of an evening spotlight during the festival with a reception, Q&A and special honors, to be announced. All finalists will be screened in regular competition at the festival, as well.
Submit your films online at Film Freeway or Withoutabox. Early bird submission deadline is March 15th. If you have already submitted your film and meet the eligiblity requirements, you will be automatically entered into competition.