The Women & Fashion FilmFest™ (WFF) is an annual film festival and conference which unites leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to support and empower women and girls. The 5-day event will kick off on June 3, 2014 with a Red Carpet Opening Benefit hosted by Celebrity Stylist Phillip Bloch at Gold Bar on 289 Broome Street in New York City. Starting at 6:00 p.m., New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEC) Director Eric Johnson, leader of many of New York City’s fashion initiatives, will deliver a welcoming address followed by the main event which will feature top designers along with supermodels, filmmakers and celebrities walking the red carpet to celebrate fashion and film. Governor William Paterson, Catherine Malandrino, Stephen Burrows, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Nigel Barker, Supermodels Pat Cleveland, Sessilee Lopez, Grace Bol, Nykhor Paul and Candace Huffine are among the Honorary Hosts at this star-studded benefit which will honor Sara Ziff, Founder of the Model Alliance, and present her with the first WFF Inspiration & Visionary Award. Phi Unit – Your Little Sister’s Favorite DJ and Co-Founder of Building Beats, a non-profit that fundraises for DJ and music education for kids, will spin at the event. Tickets for the Red Carpet Benefit are available for purchase at www.womenfashfilm.com.
The Conference: WFF is partnering with LIM College which will serve as the festival’s main venue and will house panel discussions with luminaries in fashion, film, television, magazines, and beauty; screenings of films made by both established filmmakers and high school and college students; workshops for girls, and a fashion show that will feature original designs from students. A full schedule is available at www.womenfashfilm.com
Among this year’s confirmed participants are former Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, filmmaker James Belzer (The Tents), who will offer an advance preview screening of his latest documentary, Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion -- which examines the loss and subsequent re-invigoration of domestic apparel production in the U.S. -- Sundance Productions President Lauren Michalychshyn, Vimeo President Dae Mellencamp, Fashion Director of US Weekly Sasha Charnin Morrison, and Ovation Executive VP, Network Strategy Liz Janneman, who will discuss The Fashion Fund.
“Since our inaugural festival last year, we've gained much momentum in building awareness of our platform to empower women and girls. In addition to our stellar lineup of panels and screenings, I am especially excited about our new Girls Film Festival and the Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway, which is aimed at inspiring girls and giving them the chance to express their creativity and develop their skills and talents,” says WFF Founder and Executive Director Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, who was recently named U.S. Chair of MARITAGE International, a United Nations affiliated platform focused on empowering women and addressing poverty by creating employment opportunities for women artisans and artists.
Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “LIM College is delighted to serve as the main venue for the Women & Fashion FilmFest. We have been preparing students for successful careers in the business of fashion since 1939, so naturally we wholeheartedly support WFF’s mission as they create opportunities for, and support the professional ambitions of, girls and young women.”
For updates and a complete schedule of festival events, locations, times and participants, and to purchase tickets, visit www.womenfashfilm.com. You can also follow WFF's social handles for event updates at facebook.com/WomenFashionFilmFest and on twitter @womenfashfilm. Join the conversation with these hash tags: #WFF14 #womenfashfilm.