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POWFest provides a space where women can thrive as media makers—by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Festival events feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.  POWFest also provides space and support to strengthen the community of women in film.

POWFest has had the honor of hosting a variety of emerging filmmakers and accomplished directors, including Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley, and Catherine Hardwicke.

POWFest also produces the POWGirls Education Program, which offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing, and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at POWFest.

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with the Hollywood Theatre.