December News

Thank You to our WIFSFBA Community

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As 2022 comes to an end, we want to thank our Women in Film community for supporting each other through some tough times this year, and for helping elevate the voices of all women and marginalized gender filmmakers in the Bay Area. Big congratulations to all those filmmakers who had something to say, and said it with a film, documentary, video, or TV program they shared with the world! 

It is our honor every year for our organization to serve hundreds of women in the Bay Area providing them opportunities for education, exhibition and community building through monthly programs. This marks our third year as a nonprofit and a contributing member of the local arts family. We have recently set new goals, aiming to expand our active membership and to deepen our programming initiatives bringing more significant resources to women in the Bay Area engaged in the film and media industries.

Thanks to your loyal online participation in our monthly media panels, workshops, screenings and social events, our Mission to ‘Empower, Promote and Celebrate Women’s Creative Work’ is alive, well and thriving with a WIFSFBA community that has swelled to 90 members. We were delighted to finally connect with some of those members at our first in-person mixer at the Cinequest Film Festival during the summer -- be on the lookout for more in-person opportunities next year.

We are also grateful for the many volunteers, event organizers, WIFchat subscribers, Community Partners, and members who have helped us build the truly supportive film family we now have and will continue to nurture into the future. Women in Film San Francisco Bay Area creates and fosters community by providing an intentionally welcoming and safe environment where all feel valued and cared for, and where all are given opportunity to form meaningful connections with one another. We foster a climate of purposeful inclusion of all. We cherish the diversity of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

Those in the LGBTQIAP+ community who identify as women, they/them and/or non-binary are invited to support, join and create with Women In Film. For men, or those identifying as men, interested in supporting our organization, please contact us about our "Friend of WIFSFBA'' membership.

If you're not a member and want to join our community, click here for more info:

Whether you are just launching your professional career or are an established professional in the field, Women in Film San Francisco Bay Area (WIFSFBA) is an invaluable social and professional network.

Lastly, if you missed Giving Tuesday, a day to “unleash the power of radical generosity around the world,” as you contemplate gifts in the coming weeks, we encourage you to consider WIFSFBA for your donation.  For more information and to donate, follow these links: Donate to WIFSFBA. Your contribution makes it all possible. Without you, there is no 'us'. Thank you! 

Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season, 

WIFSFBA Board of Directors

Plan Like a Boss - Wrap Up

Thanks to all who joined us on 11/16/22 for Plan Like a Boss!

Thank you to the speakers Amanda Secen & Meghan Kahler, financial planners representing Northwestern Mutual - a financial services company founded in 1857 that is regarded as a trusted advisor in the financial services industry.

Youtube link for recorded Zoom event: 

Plan Like a Boss Youtube Video


As our organization continues to grow members, our organizational structure adjusts to match that growth. At our October Board meeting, JULIE RUBIO was elected Vice President, AMI ZINS became our first Board Chair, and DIANE WALSH will serve as Vice Board Chair.  Congrats Julie, Ami, and Diane! 

Upcoming Events

A Wonder Winter Social!

Date: Thursday Dec 8, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Wonder Online Platform


Join Women In Film San Francisco Bay Area for a Wonder Winter Social - for members only! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with other Bay Area women who work in film and media. Are you an editor or cinematographer? Find a writer or director to collaborate with on your next project. Seek out others who do what you do to connect with and share references, contacts, etc.

The format will be casual and fun on, an experimental platform that promises an informal and unexpected experience!  We will also be doing some giveaways. Wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater! Hope to see you there!

About Wonder is a virtual space where you can connect with others in a more spontaneous and fluid way. Move around freely between groups.


To Use Wonder:

Once you log in you will be prompted to add your photo. Then, move your avatar around with your mouse. To join a conversation circle, click and hold on the circle to join the group. To leave a conversation, click to move away. Check it out here: Wonder

*Wonder is designed for use on desktop and laptop computers and currently doesn’t work on phones or tablets. Learn more about supported devices and browsers here.

A reminder link will be sent one day before the event. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Script Incubator Pitch-A-Pro Event!

What's Happening in the Bay Area


December 1-18, 2022

Check out a ton of great new indie, horror, science fiction, fantasy and genre films from around the world and around The Bay!  Another Hole in the Head provides a unique vehicle for Independent cinema -- screenings and performances will take place at the historic ROXIE Cinema, 4 STAR Theater and STAGE WERKS in San Francisco.  It will take place On Demand on Eventive and live on Zoom for those who can’t attend the live screenings. 

MORE INFO: Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

Jewish Film Institute Presents: Pitch + Kvell 2022

We are proud to partner with the Jewish Film Institute for Pitch + Kvell, a special online event where JFI's 2022 Filmmakers in Residence “pitch” their projects to some of the film industry's foremost experts for feedback and advice. Don't miss this chance to learn about a crucial part of the film development process as this year's stellar class of JFI Residents share their works-in-progress with a panel of film industry luminaries. Pitch + Kvell will take place online Tuesday, December 13 at 3:30pm PT and is free to attend via Zoom with RSVP.

Important Links:

Pitch + Kvell Registration Page

Facebook Event Page

Call For Submissions

The Brklyn Film Festival

Submission Period: November 30, 2022 - March 13, 2023

BFF is a festival for and by independent filmmakers. The organizers bring to this annual event 25 years of festival experience. BFF accepts submissions in six categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

MORE INFO: Brooklyn Film Festival - FilmFreeway

ATX TV Pitch Competition

Deadline: January 29, 2023

“We believe that anyone anywhere has the potential to write the next great scripted TV series! 

We created The Pitch Competition as a platform for you, the undiscovered burgeoning TV Writer, to get your idea and script in front of some of TV’s greatest showrunners and executives all while forming a community of support with other writers and leading industry members along the way. 

We work closely with our panelists, alums, advisory board members, and competition partners, to fulfill our mission of giving you the opportunity, tools, and resources to get you to the next stage of your writing career, whatever that may be!

We may open the door, but it’s your ideas and talent that keep you in the room!”

MORE INFO: ATX TV Pitch Competition

18th Annual SF International Festival of Short Films

Deadline: April 10, 2023

“SF Shorts explores a wide mix of genres and cultures without circumscribing them into niches. We accept all types of short films, which for us includes music videos. Our festival prides itself on its range. It's our mission to present the widest possible scope of content. Go to our website to view the 2022 season’s diverse range of films, many of which continue to screen there.”



Deadline: January 26, 2023

The COVEN Film Festival is hosting a COVEN Film Challenge -- a new short film program that provides funding and support to emerging women and non-binary filmmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area to write and film a narrative short film. Indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC makers are also encouraged to submit. Over the course of a few months, filmmakers will be asked to pitch, write, produce, shoot and complete a 3-5 minute short film.  The COVEN Film Challenge will provide resources and in-kind support for filmmakers to complete their short film. 

MORE INFO: Coven Film Fest

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition

Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

“From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.”

Here are the deadlines for the screenplay competition:

MORE INFO: Scriptapalooza

 Grants Corner

Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

Rolling Submissions

The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.

MORE INFO: Sloan Distribution Grant Information


Filmmaking Grants

Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with the themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.

SPRING Deadline:  January 1, 2023

MORE INFO: Filmmakers Without Borders

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