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ABOUT THE ANNUAL FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL

Hosted by the Women’s Resources Center of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, the Annual Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film to the festival. The Annual Feminist Film Festival is a grassroots event that utilizes art and alternative media to bring social issues into the fore. The goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. Now in its 2nd year, the festival strives to serve as a space for underrepresented artists and filmmakers—particularly women and people of color—to raise consciousness concerning issues related to gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality, as well as, the deconstruction of normalized categories of being. 

The University of Illinois Annual Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the campus Women’s Resources Center, in collaboration with a variety of campus units and departments. Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois are encouraged to get involved. For more information, contact the WRC Program Coordinator at 217.333.3137 or rstorm2@illinois.edu.  

A WORD ON FEMINIST FILM-MAKING

“A feminist film should challenge some kind of pre-set normative structure, it should include some sort of intersectional analysis about race, class, sexualities, gender, religion, etc., it should also include a critique of the power structures holding those categories in place, it should challenge the naming of categories, and putting people into a box that they do not fit in. A feminist film does not need to be made by a woman, but needs to include all of the above things.”
                                                                                                                            -Anna Feuerhelm, Feminist Film Studies, 2007 (http://bit.ly/i01Gmd)

“To me a feminist filmmaker is someone who creates a piece of work with the intention of drawing attention to an issue and or coming up with ways to fix it. I don't think one needs to call themself a feminist filmmaker in order for them to produce a feminist product. One of the key qualities of feminism is getting away from labels so if an artist doesn't like that title i feel it should not be imposed upon them, but we should still take their work seriously.”
                                                                                                                                         
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 "One thing that worries me, however, is the possibility that feminist art will forever remain an alternative – perhaps due the incredible force of patriarchy, or who knows, due to the fact that it would lose its beauty and meaning in the case of it infiltrating mainstream cinema – I like to hypothesize that both options are valid but I am afraid that theory may be forever trapped inside intellectual bubbles, which will go on to survive, all on their own, in remote islands inside college campuses all over the world."
                                                                                                                                               -Blogger, Cine de Las (http://cinedelas.wordpress.com)





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