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  • SWIFF Shines a Spotlight on the Best Female Filmmakers Worldwide

    Sydney Women’s International Film Festival is a film festival for women by women, where excellence in female filmmaking is celebrated. Offering networking opportunities and the chance to view some of the greatest films coming from female filmmakers across the world. Join in celebrating female filmmaking excellence at the Sydney Women's International Film Festival Online from November 25th - 28th, 2022 (AEST). FEATURING Official Selection Films On Demand Q&A's with the Filmmakers Informative Talks Networking Sessions Interactive Experiences and more GUEST SPEAKERS Karen Trang Digital Culture Join an informative session with Vietnamese Producer, Designer and Digital Culture Specialist Karen Trang to discuss the history of digital art and discover the importance of digital and generational communities and what they can do for your filmmaking projects Hanna Griffiths Production & Distribution Learn from award-winning Australian Producer Hanna Griffiths, selected for SPA Ones To Watch. Her experience includes working with Disney, Paramount Studios, RSA Films, Untitled Entertainment and more. Plan how to produce your film, secure worldwide distribution and find out what distributors are looking for. Chiara Gizzi Protecting Your Energy Get inspired with a motivational session by online sensation, Australian Director, Producer, and Actor Chiara Gizzi whose new inspirational Fearless Soul Youtube series is breaking the internet. Learn how to protect your feminine energy in this male-dominated industry. Be inspired and motivated. For the full lineup of films With such a terrible loss of international women's rights these past 12 months there has never been a more important time for women in film to network, support one another and celebrate female filmmaking excellence in our 22nd century - Clare McCann (Festival Director) Clare McCann is an award-winning Actor and filmmaker specialising in Direction, Writing, Production, Design, Movement, Music and Popular Culture. Clare studied a BA in Dramatic Arts and Theatre Making, as well as Certificates in Production, Cinematography, Music Theatre and News Media. Clare has studied at AADA and AFTRS and worked as a Drama, Voice and Movement Tutor at NIDA and was the campaign representative for Save The Roxy Theatre. Clare is known for her break-out lead role as Cherry on Foxtel’s Astra award-winning series Blog Party which she then joined the writing team of before creating Foxtel’s What You Want series. Clare’s first fully written, produced, directed and designed short film, Mirror Girl, was a finalist in the Sci-Fi Film Festival where she was also nominated for Best Performance. Clare was the Creative Director at The Star (casino) where she launched TAO Group's Marquee Sydney, the Dom Perignon Masquerade Ball, the Belvedere Winter Ball, and the Mad Hatter’s Ball to name a few. During her time at The Star Clare also worked Creative Directing commercials, music videos and marketing campaigns with companies such as Coca-Cola. Benefited, her feature film writing, producing and directorial debut, premiered at Sydney Indie Film Festival and was also an official selection for the 2021 AACTA’s and 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival and has won a collection of 11 international awards. Benefited is currently streaming on Prime, Tubi and Fetch TV. SWIFF Online Nov 25th-28th AEST Tickets Available NOW Blinded by Rainbows® new stratospheres of storytelling blindedbyrainbows #swiff #blindedbyrainbows #femalefilmmakers #womeninfilm #hannagriffiths #claremccann #filmfreeway #filmocracy

  • Find Your Greatness at Portland Presented by Comcast

    Find Your Greatness revisits the international campaign that advanced the London, Olympics. Shinning a spotlight on the female perspective, with new attitudes for new times. The advert features two female leads whose who are not professional athletes, there are no boys watching them, they are two women playing for fun, playing for themselves. The commonality is not focused on winning a competition but on how you play, using character as fuel to measure greatness by Hanna Griffiths for Blinded by Rainbows. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary and named One of the coolest film festivals in the world - by MovieMaker Magazine The 2022 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast takes place in person at Lloyd Center from October 11 - November 27, 2022. This year’s festival is packed with movie marathons, panels with mental health professionals and criminal detectives, hundreds of independent film screenings, director’s chats, networking events as well as educational workshops and panels. The Portland Film Festival is accessible from around the world online at portlandfilm.org, and Comcast subscribers with an X1 voice remote or Flex streaming device will have easy and free access to a collection of films. We started the festival 10 years ago to bring diverse independent voices together in Portland, I’m so proud and grateful for our volunteers and our partnership with Comcast that have helped grow it into one of Oregon’s largest film festivals. Independent voices are extremely vital to our culture and are in more need of support than ever. We’re excited to be back in person by building out a cool, accessible experience at Lloyd Center while still leveraging our virtual platform and Comcast’s cutting-edge technology to share this year’s collection of compelling stories with people locally and around the globe. - said Josh Leake, Portland Film Festival’s Founder and Executive Director The 2022 Portland Film Festival will feature stories by and about women, the Asian community, the Black community, the Indigenous community, the Latin community, the LGBQTIA+ community, the Muslim community, people with disabilities, veterans, and athletes, among many other important and compelling stories. It’s important that we represent diversity and independent voices on screen and behind the camera at our festival, as an Afro-Indigenous programmer, my goal is to share a collection of diverse voices through our festival and bring more awareness to the importance of diversity in the film industry. The people that tell and shape the story behind the camera are just as important as those that portray the characters on screen. This year we expanded our tracks even more to include films about advocacy and activism, mental health, sports and more. - said Joe Stevens, Portland Film Festival’s Director of Programming Tickets & passes for the Portland Film Festival Currently, all films and events will be in person as well as accessible virtually at portlandfilm.org. Virtual tickets give viewers seven days to watch the movie with a 72-hour screening window for $15. The film can be watched as many times as you want during the screening window. In-person ticket prices range from matinee screenings for $7 before 5 pm, $15 for all movies from 5 until 10 pm, then $15 for our “Date Night” special for two tickets after 10 pm using discount code “DATE NIGHT,” to $450 for a VIP pass, $299 for an all-access pass, $249 for seniors and students, $149 for the industry. Movie marathon tickets are $59-99 with a limited commemorative T-shirt. Comcast subscribers across the nation will have free access to a collection of films by simply saying “Portland Film Festival” into their X1 or Flex voice remote during the festival. About Presenting Sponsor Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming, with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. About the Portland Film Festival Founded in 2012, The Portland Film Festival is one of Oregon’s largest film festivals and was named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine. It is a non-profit, year-round organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences by celebrating the power of a good story. The Festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities for the public. Supporting sponsors in addition to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, Comcast, including Lloyd Center, Koerner Camera Systems, Gearhead Production Rentals, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, City of Portland Film Office, Boys & Girls Club of Portland, Ryan Artists, SAG-AFTRA, Portland Mortgage and Pepsi, among many others. Blinded by Rainbows® blindedbyrainbows #PORTLAND #PDX #PDXNOW #PORTLANDFILMFESTIVAL #FINDYOURGREATNESS #HANNAGRIFFITHS #NIKE #BLINDEDBYRAINBOWS #COMCAST

  • Hanna Griffiths Interview Stack Magazine

    Highlights from Hanna's interview with Stack's Gill Pringle. Working for a prominent LA production company where she discovered unexpected joy in working behind the scenes, learning the craft of film production from the ground up. I think it's important for females to see that they can make their own movies. They can write a script about girls in lead roles and it can sell worldwide. A young female writer-director can now get something made - Hanna Griffiths Read the full interview on stack.com Blinded by Rainbows® new stratospheres of storytelling blindedbyrainbows #blindedbyrainbows #hannagriffiths #stackmagazine #jbhifi #newreleases #film #femalefilmmakers

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  • Hanna Griffiths

    Film SPA Ones To Watch Hanna Griffiths makes Ones To Watch Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Class of 2022 list FEATURED POST New stratospheres of storytelling Enter your email Subscribe Individual call times may vary. Film Festivals SWIFF Shines a Spotlight on the Best Female Filmmakers Worldwide Learn from award-winning Australian Producer Hanna Griffiths, at Sydney Women’s International Film Festival Film SPA Ones To Watch Hanna Griffiths makes Ones To Watch Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Class of 2022 list Film Festivals Find Your Greatness at Portland Presented by Comcast Find Your Greatness, has been selected for the Portland Film Festival, presented by Comcast. By supporting independent voices Portland Film Film Based on Iconic Tweets Shot on Kodak 16mm film, Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner ACS conjured up a hellishly colorful confection for director Janicza Bravo’s Television In Pursuit of Nostalgia HBO Max's raw, controversial, and wildly successful YA drama, Euphoria. Switching the show's acquisition format to an all-film format Interviews Hanna Griffiths Interview Stack Magazine Working for a prominent LA production company where she discovered unexpected joy in working behind the scenes, learning the craft of film Books Picture Book of American Culture Annie Leibovitz Sumo is now available. Drawing on more than 40 years of work, for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s conceptual portraits Film Festivals Industrial Strength Compassion in Clean Discover the trailer for CLEAN, a documentary about Sandra Pankhurst. Selected for SXSW 2022 Read the story at Hollywood Reporter Interviews Women in Film Amplify Black Women’s Voices Hanna has partnered with Autumn Breon, the mastermind behind (Don’t) Use Me, the first iteration of the Frieze Art Fair located in Interviews Interview with Film Ink Magazine Hanna Griffiths has worn many hats, as she’s navigated her way through Australia’s entertainment industry and into the strange ever-shifting Interviews International Women’s Day Get the girl gang together to celebrate International Women's Day. The holiday, calls for gender parity around the world. Awards Academy Awards Deadline Contenders An exclusive event, designed to give AMPAS, BAFTA and Guild Members an overview of this year’s Awards Season Films. Film Festivals Play New Girls Club In the Play-New retelling, from the female perspective, Nike is revisiting the international campaign that advanced the London, Olympics. News Having a Mentor is Paramount The prestigious studio Paramount Pictures closed down the Studio and opened its gates to the families of Hollywood Pal. The studio hosted a Film Festivals Hanna Joins MIFF Judging Panel For years, the Montreal Independent Film Festival has tapped into the full spectrum of the filmmaking world. The festival hosts Oscar winner More Posts ABOUT Hanna Griffiths is known for championing high-integrity artists across multiple creative and production roles. Read More INSTAGRAM TELEVISION Shantaram , based on the novel of the same name by Australian writer Gregory David Roberts. A fugitive Lin Ford looks to get lost in chaotic 1980s Bombay, alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid trouble but falls for an enigmatic woman and must choose between freedom and love and the complications that come with it. Produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television Studios and distributed by Apple TV . Read more . CINEMA From director Phyllis Nagy's CALL JANE is a gripping and engrossing dramatisation of a pivotal, but largely ignored, chapter in history. Captured on Kodak 16mm film stocks, by DP Greta Zozula . It's Chicago, 1968, when the city and the nation are on the brink of social and political upheaval. Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a suburban housewife, leads a perfectly ordinary life with her husband and daughter. But when pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she has to navigate beyond the all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Read more. BOOK CLUB Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering Is a modern lustful thrilling novel about that one person who still haunts you. ​ Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating. Read more BLINDED BY RAINBOWS Blinded by Rainbows is an entertainment company cultivating new stratospheres of storytelling. Find out more about Blinded by Rainbows here. ​

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    About Hanna Griffiths is an international award-winning actor, producer and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. Best known for championing high-integrity artists across multiple creative and production roles. Recognized by Women in Film Los Angeles as the "Breakout Producer" of 2021, and by Pinewood Studios London as a "Best Female Filmmaker" of 2022. Hanna shepherded independent films AMERICAN CHERRY and THE SINNERS to successful completion by first-time female feature directors, picking up numerous accolades, including the Cannes, Jury Prize award for "Best Picture" and "Best YA Drama" at the Berlin Film Festival. ​ In celebration of International Women's Day, The Hollywood Reporter featured Hanna as one of "Twelve Women" to watch for her work with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios, RSA Films, Untitled Entertainment, Foxtel and more, on film and television projects promoting equity, empowerment and diverse expression. ​ Known for acting roles on highly-acclaimed Australian television shows UNDERBELLY and RUSH, Hanna recently won "Best Picture" and "Best Supporting Actress" awards at the Sydney Womens International Film Festival for AMERICAN CHERRY, shot on Kodak film by the new-renaissance cinematographer Gus Bendinelli, directed by Marcella Crytrynowicz. ​ Hanna began acting as a teenager in theatre productions and starred with Olivia Newton-John in a series of Nintendo television commercials which led to a life-long mentorship. Hanna worked alongside the beloved late entertainer-advocate at the Liv Aid foundation and at the ONJ Cancer Research Foundation. ​ Under the banner of entertainment company Blinded by Rainbows , Hanna has acquired the rights to adapt award-winning novels and extraordinary life stories, and is developing film and television projects offering key opportunities for First Australians and visionary artists to cultivate new stratospheres of storytelling. Ever-awed by exquisite craft, Hanna is enamored with formats, lenses and vintage filters as she searches for unique and diverse image-makers whose tales she will share on this website. ​ Not one to shy away from challenges, the girl who rode to national prominence in the Garyowen dressage competition has now taken up the medieval art of mounted archery - accurately shooting a bow and arrow from a galloping horse with no hands on the reins. ​ Stay tuned! Life is a chromatic ride. ​ By R. Huston (w.g.a) Awards Portland, Nominee (2022) Rolling Ideas, Honorable (2022) Vimeo Awards, Winner (2022) Travel Fest, Nominee (2022) Lift-off Pinewood London, Nominee (2022) LA Cinematography Awards, Winner (2022) Malibu Film, Nominee, (2022) SWIFF Awards, Winner (2021) Dallas Movie Awards, Winner (2021) Universal Film, Winner (2021) Austin International, Winner (2021) Fayetteville Film, Winner (2021) London New Wave, Winner (2021) Boston Independent, Nominee (2021) LA Independent, Winner (2021) Toronto Independent, Winner (2021) Cannes International Cinema, Winner (2021) Hollywood Golden Age, Winner (2021) Los Angeles Women in Film, Winner (2021) The Cut Film Series, Nominee (2021) LA Indies, Winner (2021) New York Cinematography Awards, Winner (2021) Miami Indie Film Awards, Winner (2021) Toronto International Women in Film, Winner (2021) Berlin International, Winner (2021) Chicago Film Awards, Winner (2021) Montreal Independent, Honorable (2021) TMFF, Winner (2021) Summit Creative, Nominee (2021) Lift-off Pinewood, Nominee (2020) Newark International, Winner (2021) Toronto Women in Film, Nominee (2020) Canadian Diversity, Nominee, (2020) Heartland International, Nominee (2020) Edmonton Internation, Nominee (2020) Dumbo, Nominee (2020) Toronto Independent, Winner (2020) Leo Awards, Nominee (2020) Catalina International, Winner (2020) Canadian Cinematography Awards, Winner (2020) Fantaspoa International, Nominee (2020) Fright Fest, Nominee (2020) Women in Horror, Nominee (2020) Toronto Spring of Horror & Fantasy, Nominee (2020) Mammoth, Nominee (2020) Los Angeles Cinematography Awards, Winner (2019) for more awards HERE

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