Conversations & Connections
Virtual Mixer

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Calling all Women in Film, Television,
and everything Digital Media...

You are invited to join Women In Film San Francisco Bay Area for an evening of Conversations & Connections.

Learn, share and network with others with formal and informal networking opportunities, 30-min forums and discussions. Enjoy a LIVE music performance that will surely spark up the event for a warm and entertaining evening.

Cost to attend: $5
A link to the event and password will be emailed to you
24 hrs before the event.

*All attendees will receive a coupon for a 50% discount on our $60 1-year membership.


At 6:30pm, there will be a live music performance from Autumn Jones. She'll set the tone for a lively, fun discussion between members of our community, industry and career prospects. Log in early so you don't miss out!


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and mingle with other Bay Area women who work in film and media. We will include a Filmmaker Exchange and information on how to get involved and the benefits of a WIFSFBA membership, including ways in which it can support your career.


There will be several mini-forum breakout sessions, focused on Casting, Directing, Media Mentorship, Producing, Screenwriting & Cinematography. The mini-forum sessions will be facilitated by members of the WIFSFBA community who live in the Bay Area and have extensive experience working in the industry. Each 30-minute session will be informative, with a Q&A, sharing and a chance to network.


Giving & Getting Authentic Auditions

This session is targeted for actors but suitable for everyone involved in casting, Mary Cutler will provide you with a few exercises on how to be your authentic self and channel those nerves to work for you, not against you!

Mary Cutler is an actor and a former traffic radio reporter. She has taught both acting and casting at Camp Reel stories in Oakland. A member of the Monday Night Players with Shari Carlson, she currently also attends improv classes with Second City.

The Value of Media Mentorship

If you’re a MENTOR in our business looking to give back, or a MENTEE looking for long-term guidance, please join this discussion to find out how to build this all-important creative relationship into something that benefits both parties.

Diane Walsh has been a TV producer in L.A. for 20 years, and received an Emmy nomination for Hallmark Hall of Fame's "A Place For Annie," starring Sissy Spacek. She served as Director of Programming for the Family Channel, taught writing at UCLA and AFI, and recently retired as Dir. of the Writing for Film/TV Program at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. Diane’s also been a film/TV script consultant for over 30 years.

From Page to Screen (Incubator Program)

This session will introduce WIFSFBA’s Script Incubator program, a forum for screenwriters to achieve their writing goals, from page to screen. This group will be designed for those wanting the collective power (and deadlines) of a critique group to complete their projects. Whether you're preparing for contest submissions, industry meetings, or a self-financed indie journey, the WIFSFBA Incubator Program will provide you with the structure, community, and inspiration to help you see your film, television, or digital streaming media project completed.

Carol Lee Hall has been a scriptwriter for 17 years and formed her own film production company, Blue Carp Productions LLC to produce some of her own projects. Her family crime dramedy, Ryan’s Treasure Hunt was optioned by Roslin Pictures. Carol’s passion is to write and produce films that portray positive and important images of women and Asians. Her project in development is The Angry Angels of Chinatown, a historical drama feature inspired by true events about the fight against human trafficking in 1911 San Francisco.

Communicating Your Vision

Whatever your genre - comedy, drama, or documentary, Rubio's methods will help you to communicate your vision; deepen relationships with your cast and crew; and connect with your Director of Photography.

Julie Rubio is an award-winning film producer, writer, director, and actor. She is the Director of Business for Women in Film SF Bay Area. Rubio launched East Meets West Productions in 2002 and her films have been featured in many domestic and international festivals. Rubio is best known for her film East Side Sushi. East Side Sushi has domestic and international distribution through Samuel Goldwyn Company, Sony Home, HBO North America, and Netflix. Rubio wrote, directed, and produced the feature film Too Perfect, distributed domestically through Amazon Prime and internationally through Osiris Entertainment. She wrote, directed, and produced the feature film Six Sex Scenes and a Murder, distributed through Apple TV. Julie Rubio is excited to bring her story to the screen as the writer, producer, and director of the definitive documentary, Tamara, about the artist Tamara de Lempicka.

Keeping It Together From Start To Finish

Tasha Nesbitt will share her pre-production checklist. One of the most important aspects of film production, a well-made checklist will improve efficiency, decrease costs, and reduce post-production time.

Tasha Nesbitt is a producer, director and writer who, for the past decade, has worked on documentary, narrative and historic video projects, web series, commercial ads, music videos and instructional videos. As Tasha's production company (Tasha.Media) continues to be impacted by Covid, she has stepped into a new role as Head of Content and Growth Marketing at, a start-up company whose cutting edge, A.I. 'in-video search technology & video marketing tools allow brands to leverage user-generated video content and enhance commerce.

Being a Collaborative Cinematographer

This general discussion will explore what it's like to be a DP and the path to becoming one. Jes will also share how to best collaborate with directors and talent and the top 5 things every DP should know.

Jes Gallegos is an award-winning cinematographer specializing in cinéma vérité, beautifully lit interviews + scene-work, and has an eye for crafting intimate stories by and for diverse communities. She has traveled on assignments across various continents capturing content that has played at many top film festivals around the world and appeared on numerous networks like HBO, Netflix, National Geographic, VICE, as well as and many Fortune 500 companies like Dropbox, Facebook, and Amazon.

WIF "Chat"
Conversations & Connections Virtual Lounge

Prefer to just lounge and chat informally? Join us at the virtual WIF Chat where you can hang out, meet others in the WIFSFBA community, share stories and network.

Amy Harrison, Secretary for WIFSFBA, will be hosting the chat room. Amy is a San Francisco-based filmmaker of scripted and unscripted films. She is passionate about socially relevant storytelling featuring strong female protagonists and underrepresented communities. Her work has screened at venues such as New York’s Film Forum, L.A. Film Festival, London’s BBC Short Film Festival, Slamdance, Museum of Modern Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and more.

Autumn Jones
Musical Guest

Don't be late! You don't want to miss the soulful R&B performer, Autumn Jones. Autumn creates an expression of her life experiences as told through her stories in each of her songs. She has had success performing in Boston at venues such as City Winery, Ryles Jazz Club, Midway Cafe & Hard Rock Cafe.

Performance brought to you by

Conversations & Connections is presented by
the WIFSBA Programming Committee & Board of Directors

Robyn Bykofsfky




Nada Djordjevich




Board of Directors • 2019 - 2020 • Top Row (Left to right): Carol Lee Hall Treasurer, Marlene Winell Guest, Julie Rubio Director of Business, Amy Harrison Secretary. Bottom Row (Left to right): Kenya Davis Vice-President, Tasha Nesbitt President, Nada Djordjevich Board Member.

Board of Directors • 2020 - 2021 • Top Row (Left to right): Amy Harrison Secretary, Tasha Nesbitt President, Carol Lee Hall Treasurer. Bottom Row (Left to right): Julie Rubio Director of Business, Diane Walsh Board Member, Nada Djordjevich Board Member, Kristin Tieche Board Member.


Women In Film San Francisco Bay Area (WIFSFBA - Pronounced 'wif-sfbay') is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that actively provides networking, educational, and social opportunities for over 1,000 women film, TV, and digital media makers in the San Francisco Bay Area.


We empower, promote and celebrate women's creative work! Our mission is to provide critical support on creative works, WIFSFBA seeks to deliver useful solutions, build a strong community, and further the craft for women working at all levels in film, television, and digital media in the San Francisco Bay Area.


We work with individual film, television, and media makers as well as local organizations and businesses to help women to connect, create, and be inspired.


WIFSFBA members are a part of a greater community of national and international women working in the screen arts and entertainment. For benefits and membership information click here.

We empower, promote and celebrate women's creative work

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