LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), The Hollywood Reporter, New York Women In Film & Television, William Morris Agency and Women in Film Los Angeles Announce First Ever Winners of the LMN Student Filmmaker Competition
Winners' Films to be Screened at the 2007 Hamptons International Film
Festival and to Premiere on LMN and on LMN.TV
Judges Included Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Shuler Donner And Gale Anne Hurd
NEW YORK, Oct. 19 -- LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), The
Hollywood Reporter, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), the
William Morris Agency and Women In Film Los Angeles today announced the
winners of the first ever LMN Student Filmmaker Competition, a national
competition designed to encourage and discover the next generation of
The first prize winner, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders of New York City,
and the second prize winner, Jessica Marie Sutherland of Berea, Ohio, will
have their films screened during a reception, honoring them and other women
filmmakers, at the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival on Saturday,
October 20, from 2-4PM. Their films will premiere on LMN, the second most
popular women's network on basic cable, and will also be shown on LMN's
website, http://www.lmn.tv. Additionally, they will receive cash prizes (first
prize, $5,000, second prize $2,500) and have the opportunity to meet with
representatives of the William Morris Agency.
Said Louise Henry Bryson, Executive Vice President/General Manager,
LMN, "All of us, from LMN, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Women in Film &
Television, the William Morris Agency and Women In Film Los Angeles, are
thrilled to honor these two gifted young women who have produced such
outstanding and thoughtful films. Women's love for movies is what has made
LMN the #2 women's network on basic cable television, second only to
Lifetime, and we have such a great opportunity and responsibility to
leverage that position and platform to help open more doors for women
behind the camera. Through the LMN Student Filmmaker Competition, we want
to develop other filmmakers like Liliana and Jessica who will make
significant contributions to the creative community."
Greenfield-Sanders and Sutherland will also attend the 2007 Women in
Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and
Lifetime Networks on December 4.
Greenfield-Sanders' winning film "Anna" is about a peculiar young woman
who struggles to connect with the people she encounters in the East Village
of New York City. Her first film, "Ghosts of Grey Gardens," premiered at
the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005, has screened at the Museum of Modern Art
and made its television debut on PBS in 2006.
Sutherland is a Master's student at the University of Southern
California's School of Cinematic Arts. "Seven Turn," her first-ever film,
is based on Jessica's memory of her own seventh birthday party, the same
day her father died.
An elite panel of producers, directors, executives and actors from the
Hollywood community, including Lauren Shuler Donner, prolific producer of
hits such as the "X-Men" movies and "You've Got Mail"; Gale Anne Hurd,
producer of box office favorites like "The Terminator" movies; Mimi Leder,
veteran director of television series like "ER" and "L.A. Law"; actress and
producer Jennifer Lopez; and Catherine Olim, Managing Director of PMKHBH
Public Relations, assessed nearly 70 short films produced by female film
students from across the country. The contest was open to all female film
students, including executive producers, producers, writers,
cinematographers and editors.
In 2005, women comprised 17% of all directors, executive producers,
producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250
domestic grossing films. This is the same percentage of women employed in
these roles in 1998 (Source: "Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women in the
Top 250 Films of 2005" Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., School of Communication,
San Diego State University).
The 15th annual Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 17th
through 21st, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in
Southampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk. The Festival was founded to celebrate
independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of
international films and filmmakers to audiences.
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About New York Women in Film & Television (http://www.nywift.org)
New York Women in Film & Television is the preeminent entertainment
industry association for women in New York City. Dedicated to helping women
reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and new media,
and promoting equity for women in these industries, NYWIFT produces over
fifty innovative programs and special events each year. NYWIFT's 1,600
members are part of a network of 40 international women in film
organizations, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide.
About Women In Film Los Angeles (http://www.wif.org)
Women In Film Los Angeles is a non-profit organization dedicated to
helping women achieve their highest potential within the global
entertainment, communications, and media industries and to preserving the
legacy of the women within those industries.
Founded in 1973, Women In Film Los Angeles and its Women In Film
Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts,
educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access
to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in
support of this mission. For more information about Women In Film Los
Angeles and their programs, visit http://www.wif.org.
About the William Morris Agency (http://www.wma.com)
Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency is the leading talent and
literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly
Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai. The Agency represents
clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion
Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and
Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports
Marketing and Corporate Consulting.
SOURCE Lifetime Movie Network