August News

WIFSFBA Meet Up at Cinequest

Sunday Aug 21 starting at 5pm

WIFSFBA is hosting an in-person meetup at the Cinequest Beer/Wine/Water Garden located in the stunning new Unzipped Pavilion across from the California Theater at 350 S. 1st St. at 5:00 p.m. WIFSFBA members and their +1 guests can enjoy free drinks and appetizers while networking and meeting each other! Afterward, join us for WIFSFBA-sponsored screening of The Allnighter, right across the street! 

This is our first in-person event this year, so please RSVP and come out to this outdoor gathering. Even though it’s free to members (+1), we ask that you RSVP by Friday Aug. 19. 

The Allnighter (2022) When an astrophysics student’s priceless research is stolen, he strikes a deal with a girl in a local pawn shop in order to get it back.

WIFSFBA presents the world premiere of 

The Allnighter 

Sunday August 21 at 6:45 pm

At 6:45 pm WIFSFBA will present the world premiere of Aimee Graham’s feature film, The Allnighter. As the sponsor of the movie, WIFSFBA begins a tradition of community partnership with the Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival, a beloved and long-running landmark event in San Jose. After the movie, join us for a Q & A with director Aimee Graham in conversation with WIFSFBA board president Tasha Nesbitt.

Free Tickets while they last! Instructions below. ⬇️

Read more about the film and on Facebook.

Note: These are two separate events -- come to one or both! 

When: 21 Aug 2022, 5 PM meet-up begins, 6:45 PM The Allnighter screening 

Where: Meet up at the Unzipped Pavilion 350 S. 1st St., 

Film screening across the street at the California Theater, 345 S. 1st St., San Jose 

How to reserve your Free Ticket

Tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. To get your ticket, email with Allnighter in the subject line. Once you get the free code, follow these instructions (select the arrow at right to access instructions):

Discounted tickets for friends and family

Purchase as many tickets as you like for 50% off ($7 instead of $14 full price) for your friends and family. Please use the promo code WIFSFBA, for a $7 ticket (50% off) for The Allnighter on 8/21/22.

Some General info about Cinequest:

The beloved In-person Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival is back, August 16-29 in San Jose and Campbell, serving Bay Area audiences and global artists and innovators with a stunning lineup including: 200 new films (100 of which are World and U.S Premieres) from 55 countries with 350 presenting artists, Award Events with Jim Gaffigan and Alison Brie, many big movies with stars like Will Poulter, Amanda Seyfried, Corey Stoll, and Gemma Arterton, plus community gatherings, lounges, and beer/wine garden. It’s much more than a movie at the Cinequest summertime experience.

Upcoming Events

Short Film Showcase 

This presentation of short films is a celebration of the talent within our community. There are two parts to the showcase: 7 days between September 15th and September 21st for viewing all the films and voting for your favorite film. Then, on September 22nd we'll host a Q&A with the filmmakers and announce an audience award winner and a runner up! 
Register now to participate.

Register by September 15, when the films will be made available. You will receive an email with private links, filmmaker bios, and film descriptions. You will have 7 days to watch the films and vote on your favorite. 

Attend the Q & A and awards ceremony on September 22 at 7pm  (included as part of registration)

WIFSBA members are free and non-members are $5. 

For questions, please contact the WIFSFBA at

The Line-up

A Dress for Rachel

Written and Directed by Ally May

A week after a school shooting, a grieving mother must find a burial dress for her daughter.

The Last Picture

Written and Directed by Ally May

When two strangers come into her diner, a waitress suspects things are not as they appear and she learns to regret her inaction.

Old Speller

Directed and produced by Kathleen Antonia Tarr

Based on Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow and Bay Area local Marvin K. White's poem of the same name, "Old Speller" is a comedic take on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

Heartbeart on the Strings

Directed and Produced by Nan Su

A teen violinist named Adonis realizes his deep emotions for his neighbor Gemma after he thinks something unexpected happened to her.

Carved in Time

Directed and produced by Nan Su

A young Chinese brick carver works assiduously to protect the unique crafts of traditional Chinese brick carving.

The Little Masters

Directed and Produced by Nan Su

A group of Asian American children and teenagers participate in different activities with the Boy Scouts of America in San Francisco.

Pearl in the Window

Written and Directed by Nil Unerdem

When her caregiver goes missing, an isolated, irritable old woman goes on a journey to find her, embracing her need for connection on the way.

I am Normal

Directed by Olia Oparina

In a drama inspired by The Rosenhan experiment, a woman fakes the symptoms of a mentally unstable patient to get into a mental institution for a secret psychiatric experiment. 

 I Am Normal is presented in Memory of the filmmakers’ dear friend and talented cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who passed away on set last year in a firearm accident.


Creative Director Carolyn Scott 

Find out what is in California wine. Toxic pesticides like glyphosate and neonicotinoids are putting species like monarch butterflies and bees at risk of extinction – and without these critical pollinators, our food system is at risk.

🎞   Script Incubator

Pitch Panel Practice

What a Success! 

Over 30 people signed up to hear our panelists provide insider tips on how writers can be more effective in a pitch session, in our July Practice Pitch session.

Look forward to October’s Pro Pitch session, when we arrange a panel of producers and other industry professionals for writers to pitch to. We will be announcing the event soon, so polish off those pitches and start practicing!

WIFSFBA’s Pro Pitch Panel still has room for potential producers and buyers to join the panel. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please reach out to Carol or Nil at and we’ll do the rest! 

Hosted by the WIFSFBA Script Incubator.

Conversations & Connections

We’re excited to host our fall Conversations & Connections on a topic that’s seen so much change in recent years - The State of Post-Production: How We Work, Where We Work.

Coming in October, this panel of industry professionals will be moderated by WIFSFBA member Kristin Tieche. 

The field of post-production has transformed – from the tools we use, to where we work, to how we connect with our community, our clients, and our collaborators. Kristin will moderate an engaging conversation about where the industry is heading from a panel of professionals from all backgrounds (from assistant editor, to editor, to director of post-production), spanning different industries (TV, documentary, corporate). Whether you’re a seasoned post professional or just starting out, you are bound to come away with some new insight.

We’ll announce the date shortly - stay tuned!

Manijeh Fata Appointed New Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Office 

Manijeh Fata was our guest speaker at the last Conversations & Connections. We are delighted that Mayor Breed has appointed her to the top job at the Film Office. Fata has worked with the SFFO since 2015. In fact, she co-authored the conditions for filming under Covid-19, which resulted in San Francisco being the first California city to issue a permit for filming during the pandemic! Born and raised in the Bay Area, she holds two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Congratulations Manijeh!

What's Happening in the Bay Area

Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival 2022

August 16-29

California Theatre

345 S. 1st Street

San Jose, CA

Sundown Cinema – SF’s Outdoor Movie Night in the Park

August 19thEncanto

6:00pm - 10:00pm

India Basin Shoreline Park

Hunters Point Blvd and Hawes Street

San Francisco, CA


San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival - CINEMASF

Sunday August 21st

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Balboa Theatre

3630 Balboa Street

San Francisco, CA

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema

Begins September 9

For the 19th season, audiences are invited to free screenings of locally produced films by seasoned and well-known filmmakers, as well as promising new ones.

Screenings are in Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Learn more at the BHOC website.

 Grants Corner

The LOREEN ARBUS DISABILITY AWARENESS GRANT is awarded to a US-based female filmmaker “for a film on physical or developmental disability issues”. The grant is made through New York Women in Film and Television and totals $7,500. It is intended to assist in the production of a work-in-progress and can be of any length or genre.

Submissions now open

Deadline:  November 26


Each year, Film Independent recognizes exceptional emerging film talent with three Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants that carry unrestricted cash prizes of $25,000. Potential grant recipients are nominated by committee.

For more information, please email

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