Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago….and now FINALLY New York City. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) Manhattan, NY
Director BIO: Ema Poposka (THE LIVING SEA)
Ema Poposka is a high school student in Hong Kong. Born in North Macedonia in 2008, she moved to Hong Kong with her family when she was three years old. Ema is an award-winning young photographer and has appeared in TV programmes, studied screenwriting with HKYAF, acting with Faust International Youth Theatre, and musical theatre with Face Academy. Ema’s passion for protecting the sea and sea creatures developed since early age as she loves spending time near the sea, surfing, sailing and diving. The Living Sea is Ema’s first film.
I believe that storytelling is a way to develop empathy for the environment and give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves.
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.