Fashion News Extra: Women & Fashion FilmFest

WOMENFASHOK, you think another film festival, blah, blah, blah!! And that is perhaps an appropriate response with so many film festivals in New York City. New York City is host to some of the biggest and most diverse film festivals in the world. From the renowned Tribeca Film Festival to New York Film Festival to the sometime spicy Latino Film Festival to the always-spooky New York City Horror Festival, New York City is a hotbed of creative ideas, concepts and perspectives seen through the lens of mainstream and independent films, film shorts and documentaries.

So you ask why another film festival? Well, I will tell you why. In the fertile landscape, New York City, that hosts so many film festivals, surprisingly there has never been a festival that celebrates, highlights and gives voice to women in fashion and cinema.

The Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) is part film festival and part conference that gathers leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to support women. WFF is integrated with a new UNITED NATIONS initiative MARITAGE, focusing on empowering women and creating opportunities for women artisans and artists.


From June 3-7 will hosts films and panel discussions as encompassing and diverse as James Belzer’s “Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion,” to Sara Ziff’s “Tangled Thread,” to panel discussion on Diversity in Fashion and Media hosted by Audrey Smaltz to Can You Make It in NYC?-a panel discussion on resources available to emerging designers in NYC.  From actress Heather Matarazzo to supermodel Pat Cleveland to former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley to celebrity stylist Philip Bloch to Tony-nominated actress and singer Vivian Reed, and many others, there will be an array of top fashion and entertainment industry professionals hosting WFF events and on panels.

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