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Deadline to enter Worldwide Women’s Film Festival in Scottsdale is fast approaching

Nearly 100 films already have been submitted to the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival being held in Scottsdale this coming February, and the deadline to enter a short or full-length feature is rapidly approaching.

The nonprofit festival began in 2018 with the unique vision of Kim Huenecke, board of directors president, who wanted to spotlight women in the film industry and said films submitted must feature women in one key role of filmmaking such as writer, producer, director, cinematographer, special effects or film score creation.

“That’s very important because let’s face it, women filmmakers don’t get the funding like male filmmakers do," Huenecke said.

Huenecke also said over 85% of the submissions are short films.

“[They] are a lot cheaper to make than a feature and sometimes what happens is the filmmaker will make a short film, then it’s like, ‘OK ,this ain’t too bad,’ and they’ll extend the story out," said Huenecke.

The deadline for regular price submissions is Oct. 31. Films are judged for the most part by filmmakers in the industry, though there is an audience choice component as well.

The top prize for best cinematography is a free one-year Panavision camera rental valued at $60,000.  

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.