New York Feedback Festival Testimonial – May 18 2020

Filmmaker Léwuga Benson (TIME TO LEAVE)

It felt like I had butterflies in my stomach. I was overwhelmed with glee and happiness that they were assessing and thinking critically about my film. I felt humbled by their analysis and appreciation of the work I had made. I was also struck by how spot on their assumptions about the film was. They demonstrated a level of filmic sophistication that was not only impressive but fun to watch.

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Author: femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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