2019 Awards

Directed by: Daina Oniunas-Pusić

Directed by: Clare Maceda

From: Please Translate

Directed: Are We Good Parents?

Directed by: Cidney Hue

Directed: Maybe

Directed by: Sarah K. Reimers

Directed by: Barbara Vekarić

Directed by: Kailey & Sam Spear

Red Carpet & Awards Ceremony


2019 Films 

Bluestocking Shorts Program

PG: some material may not be suitable for children

Come On In


Directed by: Jody Lauren Miller

Running Time: 6 min 47 sec

Beverly is an upbeat woman hell-bent on having a meaningful relationship. But as she talks on the phone with an unknown caller, we slowly learn that Beverly isn’t all that she seems.



Directed by: Clarissa Lam & Olivia Dorrance

Running Time: 7 min 18 sec

Euphoria makes everything feel better, but what if you want to feel what's real?

Nora Ephron Goes to Prison


Directed by: Hannah Elless

Running Time: 8 min 8 sec

Friendship transcends fantasy in this musicalized love letter to Nora Ephron and New York City.

Rhonna & Donna


Directed by: Daina Oniunas-Pusić

Running Time: 15 min 45 sec

Rhonna and Donna are conjoined twin teenage sisters who are having their biggest fight to date. Donna is playing Juliet in their school's production of Romeo and Juliet while Rhonna wants nothing to do with it...



Directed by: Clare Maceda

Running Time: 12 min 3 sec

A young girl deals with her grief with the help of a new friend.

One Small Step


Directed by: Aqsa Altaf

Running Time: 13 min 18 sec

A 9-year-old girl attempts to juggle the responsibilities of school and her younger siblings after her mother goes missing.

We are proud to partner with Bluestocking Film Series to present a block featuring films from the acclaimed series, as well as some local films that adhere to the Bluestocking ethos, that requires films to feature a female protagonist and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

Emerging Filmmakers Panel

Michelle Kantor


Executive Director, Cinefemme

Moderated by

Courtney Sheehan


Film Programmer & Consultant

Bola Ogun



Manon de Reeper


Founder & Chief Editor, Film Inquiry

Melinda Fox


Founder & CEO, Tanji

Ryan Ann Davis


Co-Founder & Principal, Smarthouse Creative

Cidney Hue



Building Community & Taking Action

The systemic change we need for womxn working in film can only be achieved through collective effort and action for the next generation of talent and industry leadership. We can all do our part! Join professionals from across the industry for a thoughtful discussion about creating meaningful impact and sustainability for womxn in film.

• Live social media coverage will be provided by Bitch Talk

Communiqué Shorts Program

Contains violence and offensive language

A Day


Directed by: Danielle Karagannis

Running Time: 14 min 56 sec

A Day follows an endearing child, Kit, who goes about her typical routine amongst a rapidly changing Hollywood.

Please Translate


Directed by: Kelsy Lua

Running Time: 6 min 5 sec

Language divides but eventually bridges the relationship between a mother (Wang Yu) and her daughter (Mei Lan). A film about sacrifice, hardships, and ultimately a mother's love.

The Last Walk


Directed by: Anna Hoover

Running Time: 13 min 57 sec

A woman journeys out into the vast and unforgiving wilderness in search of her sister who has been exiled for a negligent act that resulted in tragedy.

A Sari for Pallavi


Directed by: Kate Chamuris

Running Time: 10 min

When Traditional Thini gets into a fight with her cousin Promiscuous Pallavi over what to wear to an Indian wedding, a hilarious culture clash unravels.

Are We Good Parents?


Directed by: Bola Ogun

Running Time: 8 min 58 sec

Lauren and Bill question their preconceived notions of their 14-year-old daughter's sexuality and their openness as parents.

The Lost Sound


Directed by: Steffie Yee

Running Time: 1 min 46 sec

a woman looks at the matrilineal inheritance of linguistic tones in her family, mourning the parts of languages that become extinct through semantic evolution.

A Love Letter for the End of the World


Directed by: Alexi Scheiber

Running Time: 3 min 57 sec

A film which grapples with the question of how to live fully on a dying Earth.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

How do we communicate our most complicated emotions, our desires, and our fears? These films leave us wondering about our interactions with the world around us.

Body(Guard) Shorts Program

Contains full nudity, violence, and some sexual situations

Mouth of Truth


Directed by: Barbara Vekarić

Running Time: 18 min 12 sec

A listening ear is also a running mouth.



Directed by: Kat Cole

Running Time: 9 min 56 sec

After an unexpected encounter in Waikiki, a young girl explores her sexuality in secret, causing new rifts between her and her religious Filipino family.

ME 3.769


Directed by: Elaine Del Valle

Running Time: 9 min

A pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.



Directed by: Foster Wilson

Running Time: 8 min 38 sec

Armed with an electric mixer, a Mysterious Woman gives Naked Man the battering of his life, but the sexy interrogation brings up feelings that are hard to swallow.



Directed by: Kailey & Sam Spear

Running Time: 14 min 3 sec

After a violent incident between an AI nanny and her employer, an investigative team must determine what caused the attack.


Stories about our bodies—how we perceive them, how they change, and how we protect them.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.

Etheria Shorts Program

Contains full nudity, violence, and some sexual situations

The Agency


Directed by: Mac Montero

Running Time: 10 min

The Agency is the best place to purchase a husband, and Mrs. Hold thought it would be fun to head down and get a new one today.



Directed by: Catherine Fordham

Running Time: 5 min 40 sec

A young woman’s fiercest self takes over to fight for her life when’s she attacked.

The Last Vacation


Directed by: Ryan Ann Davis

Running Time: 1 min 12 sec

An old slideshow reveals the dark evidence of a beach vacation that took a turn for the worse.



Directed by: Cidney Hue

Running Time: 7 min 45 sec

In the near future, a woman must make a life-changing decision after a mind-bending procedure.

Lady M


Directed by: Tammy Riley-Smith

Running Time: 11 min 47 sec

Hell hath no fury like an older woman scorned.

Atomic Spot


Directed by: Stéphanie Cabdevila

Running Time: 15 min

Left for dead after the A307 plane crash on their nuclear plant, the workers of a small coastal city have undergone a series of mutations.



Directed by: Sarah K. Reimers

Running Time: 10 min 41 sec

A mysterious & violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.

We are proud to partner with Etheria Film Night to present a block featuring films from the acclaimed series, as well as local genre films that will thrill and fill you with wonder.

Followed by

a 15-minute Q&A with the filmmakers.


The 2019 Team

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Co-Founder & Festival Director

Cameo Wood

Cameo Wood is a San Francisco-based director, screenwriter, and producer. She wrote and directed the short film Real Artists, which is currently featured on Seed&Spark, iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay, has won 38 awards and has been screened at over 200 film festivals. She produced and co-directed episodes of The Alternative Guide to Secret Beijing, featured on Atlas Obscura. Her first film, Dukha in Summer, premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival and was nominated for best short at five others. Cameo is a member of Cinefemme, Women in Film, Alliance of Women Directors, Film Independent, WomenNMedia, and the co-founder of the SF chapter of Dinner with Dames. She was a speaker of the 2018 Camp Reel Stories' Girls Day Workshop.

More at: www.cameowood.com

Co-Founder & Producer

Connie Jo Sechrist

Connie Jo Sechrist, aka CJ, is a bi-coastal actress/producer with over ten years of experience in Theatre, Television and Film. Connie Jo is best know for her work in drama, action, and sci-fi genre films and as a recurring TV host for a public-access television station: KCTH Comcast 27. She has produced over seven short films, three web series, and landed roles in award-winning independent films such as Bandito, God Hates Zombies, Anonymous, The Astronaut, and Real Artists. In addition to her talents, Connie Jo continues to establish herself in many collaborative independent film groups around the world as a leader and mentor to other aspiring filmmakers.

More at: www.ConnieJoSechrist.com

Co-Founder & Producer

Melinda Fox

Melinda Fox is an experienced organizer who served as fundraising executive for The Humane Society of the United States, including forming their political arm, and as Vice President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition before joining a startup in business development for the world’s fastest growing social action platform—Change.org. Boards roles have included the International Girls Rock Camp Alliance, and Reel Grrls, the first media arts center in the U.S. training girls in media production. She’s now Co-Founder & CEO of Tanji—the first movie-ticketing app connecting audiences to women-centric content in theaters and online.


More at https://tanji.mobi/beta​

Festival Designer

Matt Evans

Matt began sculpting, painting, and drawing when he was four years old. He's a classically-trained fine artist who spent 15 years at Apple Computer as a UI designer, working on award-winning software like iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and many others. He first teamed up with Cameo on her award-winning short film, Real Artists. As production designer he was responsible for the look of everything from props to sci-fi computer displays and creepy A.I. characters. Matt is excited to be part of COVEN and its mission to celebrate the voice of women in film. Though Matt isn't female, he did spend most of his childhood pretending to be Wonder Woman.

More at www.grafikmythos.com

Special Events Coordinator

Nicole Burke

For over 15 years Nicole worked at Restaurants in New York (Del Posto) and San Francisco (Quince, Gary Danko, Nopalito). She was a line cook, waiter, office manager, and expeditor, just to name a few. She also graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC.

Festival Intern

Elisha Aflalo

Elisha Aflalo is a filmmaker and student at Bennington College. Elisha's work is focused on experimenting with traditional narrative forms, abstract video art, and finding interesting and unique ways of combining the two.


Sylvia Minehan

Festival Intern

Sylvia is a filmmaking student from Boston, Massachusetts. Her focus is on writing and directing and her work centers around shining light on world issues along with conceptual ideas of identity and relationships. In her work, Sylvia hopes to encourage people to question themselves, their actions, and their environments, while also invoking empathy and understanding.

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Festival Judge

Ryan Lynch

Ryan Lynch is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer. Her recent projects include UTurn, a VR pilot about gender discrimination in tech she wrote and directed, which has played in numerous festivals, including SF International, Mill Valley FF, and UN Women Global Voices. She created the comedy web series, SanFranLand, which garnered nine awards, including Best Screenwriting from Miami Web Fest and Best Directing from LA Web Fest. SanFranLand is distributed by Canal OTT, Amazon, and Roku. Ryan’s upcoming projects include Hump, a feature animated film she’s co-producing with former Pixar director, Rob Gibbs (Mater’s Tall Tales) and The Perfect Cover, a feature she is writing and directing that is based on the true-life story of her uncle, a famed combat cameraman turned CIA operative during the Iran-Contra Affair. Ryan has an MFA in Film Directing and worked in the Story and Development departments at Pixar Animation Studios for over ten years on films such as Toy Story That Time Forgot, Brave, and Ratatouille.

More at www.ryanelynch.com

Festival Judge

Liz McBee

Liz McBee has been working in film production for over 25 years. She stepped out of film school and onto the dusty, West-Texas set of Merchant and Ivory’s Ballad of the Sad Café as a lowly PA (she actually once was tasked with transporting Vanessa Redgrave’s urine 35 miles for analysis). Moving from her hometown of ATX to NYC, she cut her filmic chops producing independent features, documentaries, and commercials in the Big Apple. In 1993 the San Francisco Bay Area beckoned and after relocating, her directorial debut (a short documentary film), Javelina, A Desert Stew, had an award-winning premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Since then, she has produced innumerable commercials, marketing campaigns, and TV segments for clients such as Martha Stewart Living, Levis, Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, YMCA of San Francisco, Open Door Legal, Teradata, Cisco, Kaiser Permanente, and Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Inspired by her love of creating community and fostering artistry, she opened loop360films, a start-to-finish film production company dedicated to showcasing individuals and organizations that make a difference in their communities. In recent years she has enjoyed curating and working as the events planner for the homegrown Albany (CA) Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on her feature documentary, Burning the Village, a glimpse into postpartum depression, as well as in development for her first feature narrative, Surrender. Liz splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, Texas.

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Festival Judge

Olga Nunes

Olga Nunes is the co-director of the upcoming documentary Temple of Art, made with her co-director Allan Amato. The film follows over 50 artists' creative process and philosophies, asking each of them the question, “why do you make art?” The artists and musicians include: Grant Morrison, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Barron Storey, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Olga Nunes, David Mack, Dave McKean and others, each sharing their stories of their creations, influences, and philosophies. To make it happen, Allan and Olga formed Good Bully Collective, a ragtag consort of two stink-eyed misfits hell-bent on crow-barring open the hearts of every aspiring artist everywhere, whether they like it or not. Together they brought the idea to Kickstarter and succeeded in raising eighty thousand dollars to propel the film. The film is currently in post-production at Good Bully Collective headquarters in downtown Los Angeles and is slated for release in 2019. 

More at https://templeofart.net/

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Festival Judge

Monique Dismuke

Bay Area born and raised, Monique Dismuke is an American writer, actor, producer, and director. Monique, the second child of Berkeley's first black fire captain, discovered at an early age that acting, singing, and writing were where her passions lie, so she began to endlessly pursue them. ​Fruitvale Station​, the movie that chronicles Oscar Grant's last days leading up to his death on New Years was her first big screen appearance. With her acting versatility and powerful presence, she has no difficulty finding work on numerous television productions like the ID Channel show I (Almost) Got Away With It, 50 Ways to Lose Your Lover (hosted by Wendy Williams), the Netflix original web series Girl Boss, and Thirteen Reasons Why

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Festival Judge

Toni Tru

Currently, Toni is creating and launching her first show, Look Up HerStory. The show is a women’s history centered travel show. In each episode she’ll visit a city and highlight the incredible women of its past who stood up and stood out against the pressures of their time to achieve the unimaginable. Toni honed her production skills by working for many years as a producer/director, camera op, editor, and location sound recordist for various production companies and organizations. Toni’s most rewarding work has been with fine artist, Kelly Sullivan, and her global art collaboration with adolescent girls, Mighty Fingers Facing Change.

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