Known for her passion to bring women directors, producers and writers to the forefront of the film industry, WIFF Founder Yvonne McCormack-Lyons is excited about introducing her festival to the home of film, music and entertainment, New York City. The festival boasts over 50 films that are made by women, for women and those who love women. Most may or may not know, particularly in the #metoo revolution, that women make up less than 20 percent of film producers, [big and small screen] and even more disconcerting, less than 5 percent of film directors of which minority women are less than 3 percent [big and small screen].
Of the 50 films screening, more than 15 films are international, including Bachelor Girls (INDIA), A Girl of No Importance (ITALY), Anatomy of Violence (CANADA-INDIA)
More than 10 of this year's selection are written, directed or produced by black filmmakers. Of note, in his first lead role in a feature film is none other than Bryshire Gray, aka Yazz, (Empire's Hakeem Lyon) starring in a special screening for WIFF's closing film, CANAL STREET. Walking the red carpet for this film is Mykelti Williamson (Bubba-Forrest Gump, Yandy Smith – Love & Hip Hop and Juani Feliz). A film that is timely in its subject matter about the way young African-American males are treated in our justice system.
A More Perfect Union (http://wiff2018.com/