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-The Lady Filmmakers Film Festival Begins In-Person starts today, September 20th, With Panels And Networking Opportunities During The Week Long Festival-

September 20, 2022- Beverly Hills, CA. -- Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, now in its 14th year, is excited to announce its 2022 festival takes place this week in person. The in-person film festival will kick-off tonight in Beverly Hills, CA at 208 Rodeo followed by five days of live screenings, panels and networking opportunities ending with Awards Celebration at Via Alloro. UNEXPECTED and GRINGA, THE MIRROR GAME, and LEVELING LINCOLN are films that will hold their LOS ANGELES theatrical premieres during the festival. BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE and DIVISION have their theatrical WORLD PREMIERES with Lady Filmmakers. Tickets to screenings and events are available to the public to purchase, with live events limiting capacity to help maintain social distancing.

Gringa is a heartwarming story of healing and second chances. There is a lot of work to do. Dad drinks too much and his daughter's self-esteem is in the toilet—along with most of what she eats thanks to her battle with bulimia. The film stars Judy Greer, Roselyn Sánchez, Steve Zahn, Gala Montes, and Jess Gabor.

UNEXPECTED is a comedy about Music critic Bob is out of a job, addicted to Zoloft, and trying to wrangle the menagerie of animals that his wife Amy has accumulated. Will adopting a baby cure their existential angst? Or should they just rescue another duck? Produced by Patricia Heaton and stars Joe Mazzello and Anna Camp.

This year's festival line up will include the West Coast premiere of the Documentary feature film LEVELING LINCOLN from director ARDEN LEWIS as well as WORLD PREMIERE of feature films BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE by director; KT CURRAN and DIVISION directed by JASON WINN, Grandes Horizanteles directed by Leslie Zemeckis and produced by Robert Zemeckis. The festival will also include panel discussions throughout the week including a Casting Directors session featuring Kerry Barden (Spotlight, I know What You Did Last Summer) Paul Weber (SPARTACUS, GODS OF THE ARENA) and Pam Dixon (MEMORY, MEDIEVAL), a Writers panel with Katie J Jones (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Shooter) Jeane Wong (ARROW, GRACELAND), a Directors panel with C. Fitz (QUEEN SUGAR, One Perfect Shot), and KAYLIN GEORGE (Commerical Director, Two Paper Nightingales ), a “elevator pitch” workshop sponsored by Virtual Pitchfest.

“We are excited about our line-up of films from around the world featuring the very best of independent film featuring diverse female talent on and behind-the-camera. We are grateful for the Covid-19 vaccine and delighted to have in-person social distanced events to share in the collective joy of cinema,” said festival founders Patricia DiSalvo Viayra and Mike Viayra. “We are excited to help spotlight the talented women filmmakers who are creating dynamic content for film lovers everywhere to enjoy.”

Now in its 14th year, the well-respected and top rated film festival in Film Freeway has always led the way in celebrating and honoring women filmmakers and the men who collaborate with them. Focusing on films with women in key roles such as Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer, and Editor, the festival has selected films from around the world not only for superior cinematic storytelling but also with diversity and inclusivity in mind.

Earlier last year, Lady Filmmakers introduced a new subscription-based streaming service on Film Festival Flix featuring full-length and short, live-action, documentary, and animated films with talent such as Glenn Close, Irma P Hall, Kyra Zagorsky, Julie Cobb, Joanna Cassidy, Larry Miller, Ray Abruzzo, Ricardo Chavira, Darby Stanfield, Molly C Quinn, Mindy Sterling, Concetta Tomei, and James Cromwell. The site continuously adds new content as well as monthly moderated panels, workshops. and events with filmmakers and industry professionals, as well as opportunities for up-and-coming filmmakers.



The annual Lady Filmmakers Festival has championed talented women filmmakers and storytellers, with past honorees such as Diablo Cody, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sharon Stone, Vivica A. Fox, Neema Barnette, Vicky Jenson, Joyce Cox, Risa Bramon Garcia, Pam Dixon, Lati Grobman, and Christa Campbell.

Celebrating women filmmakers and the men who collaborate with them, the festival showcases films from new filmmakers to seasoned professionals branching out into a new area of filmmaking. They have screened projects from Academy® Award winning actors and filmmakers to short films from elementary school student filmmakers and everything in between! A 5-star rated film festival and Top 20 best reviewed on Film Freeway, Lady Filmmakers is planning to hold their festival both in-person and virtually, this September. The competitive and fun-filled 5-day festival will take place in the heart of the film business. In addition, the festival has created a new category for films/music/art/scripts made in Isolation during the pandemic!

To qualify for the festival or to be on the streaming service, at least one woman must fill the role of Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer, or Editor. Lady Filmmakers Festival accepts features and shorts of all genres and lengths, including narratives, animation, documentaries, dance, experimental, LGBTQ+, webisodes, international, commercials and more. The festival’s screenwriting contest has been picking up steam too for short and feature film scripts.

“Official Selections” will be invited to highlight their project on the new Lady Filmmakers Channel.

To subscribe to the channel and see the line-up of panels and events plus films visit

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