🌈 June is LGBTQ+ Pride month
photo by @Enyioma Enyioma Nwankwo
Gay pride month - and all those letters! What do they stand for? And why the +?
Esther Eng in Honolulu, HI 1949
What does any of this have to do with WIFSFBA? Well, WIFSFBA, another flavor of alphabet soup, was formed to further the opportunities for women in media, because women have been historically excluded from the industry. That’s not to say there haven’t been women playing an important role since the beginning. But the odds have been stacked against us. Only recently has attention to discrimination and harassment in the workplace really come to light, and so many women have come forward to speak out. But no mention of gender pioneers and sheroes would be complete without Esther Eng (1914 - 1970), a San Francisco-born filmmaker who worked as a director, writer, producer, and distributor. " In her creative and business endeavors, she was a woman pioneer who crossed the boundaries of race, language, culture, and gender," according to the Women Film Pioneers Project, where you can read more about Eng, the first Chinese-American lesbian film director.
👉🏾 Celebrate Juneteenth 👈🏾
What's Happening in the Bay Area
Image from Frameline46 website
Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Grant Completion Fund
The Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Grant Completion Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to emerging and established filmmakers and is a source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. The fund supports documentary, narrative, experimental, animated and episodic projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities. Films submitted should represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness. Submission Deadline: October
New Voices Filmmaker Grant
Submissions open: January 2023
Events and News
CALL FOR ENTRIES
SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM
As a part of our ongoing mission to empower, promote and celebrate women’s creative works, we are hosting a special event to raise awareness about local talent in the bay area and to help bring our projects to the forefront.
Members in the News
Member Film Screening at the New Parkway Theater
A Place to Breathe Poster