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Hawaii's Film Industry is Helping More Women Make Films

Updated on July 4, 2017

In today's film industry, most female directors don't get as much attention as male directors. While names like J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, and Steven Spielberg are all very familiar to us, Jane Campion and Katheryn Bigelow are much less familiar, despite these ladies being Oscar-winning film directors themselves. Even Angelina Jolie is more known for her acting than for directing films like Unbroken.

But Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking (HWF) is out to change all that. Founded in 2011 by Vera Zambonelli, HWF's goal is to help girls and women create films and find places for them in the movie industry. Zambonelli says that getting more women behind the camera is great for fighting gender inequality because having more women behind the camera will change the stories and the characters portrayed in front of the camera.

HWF is currently based in Kaimuki and holds film and work in progress screenings, monthly gatherings, and educational programs for girls.

HWF has both intensive week-long summer camps which has basic and advanced classes in filmmaking and animation, as well as an afterschool program in the spring called Making Media that Matters.

Films made by the students can be viewed throughout the year, including at the Hawaii International Film Festival. HWF also sponsors the Women of the Pacific Film Festival, which takes place in October.

With HWF's efforts, there are more and more high quality movies for us to view and perhaps female directors will become household names like many male directors already are.


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