By Ryan Davis -
Last January, I found myself in filmmaker heaven. I was in a beautiful, top-of-the-line cinema, watching world-class short films, surrounded by bold and welcoming women and non-binary filmmakers and our allies.
What was this amazing event? It was the first-ever Coven Film Festival, held at the New People Cinema in San Francisco. And the best part: it will be back! Coven returns January 10-12, 2020, for three days of films and special events.
Coven was founded by filmmaker/producer Cameo Wood, filmmaker/actor Connie Jo Sechrist, and entrepreneur/Tanji CEO Melinda Fox, with the mission to amplify the fantastic work being done by women and non-binary filmmakers. The founders didn’t just want show the films, they wanted to put them in front of industry representatives and tastemakers who could truly boost the filmmakers’ careers.
The weekend included ample networking opportunities where I actually got to know other filmmakers and industry people — rather than just exchange a quick business card and move along. I was really able to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the filmmaking world, and hear the unique struggles that other women and non-binary creators faced.
The best part was that Coven was designed so you didn’t have to miss out on anything. You could watch ALL the films, go to ALL the panels, and not miss a single party. This made the festival feel almost like a sleepover party — except with top notch catering, classy sponsors, and a hip location.
I’ve already made arrangements to attend Coven this coming January. And if you are also a filmmaker, it’s not too late to submit! Read more and get involved at https://www.covenfilmfest.com.