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About
City Of Angels Women's Film Festival

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City of Angels Women’s Film Festival was launched successfully in 2019 with the goal of empowering and connecting women and those identifying as female in the film industry and showcasing extraordinary films made by women, both in Los Angeles and globally. City of Angels Women’s Film Festival is focused on honoring films that have been either directed, produced, written or include a cast driven by women or a combination of those elements. The screenplay category is open to submissions from both men and women. (Scripts written by men must feature a female protagonist.) COAWFF also honors and celebrates LGBTQ themed films and scripts. Student filmmakers are also encouraged to submit their work in competition. We will be hosting exciting panels with industry leaders and celebrity guests, networking events and a Red Carpet Gala Awards Night at Bella Blanca Event Center in North Hollywood. We will also host a virtual panel with top UK and international filmmakers prior to the official start of the festival. 

         Our Mission 

Our mission is to promote gender equality in the film industry and celebrate diverse women's stories by creating a platform for those stories to be shared and celebrated through the medium of film and written word. Our four-day festival brings filmmakers and writers together from around the world to connect, network and empower each other and learn more about the film industry by sharing experiences through screenings, panels and Q&A's. It is our hope that both working relationships and friendships will be sparked and emerge through participating in the festival, and both experienced and emerging filmmakers and writers will continue on this positive trend of change in film and beyond. As the festival continues to expand its mission, City of Angels Women's Film Festival is making strides to shine a light on films that create awareness for people with disabilities and environmental films that promote sustainability and conservation and encourage conversation on these important themes.

         LISA K. CROSATO
    Founder/Creative Director

 

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Lisa K. Crosato is an Actress, Writer and Producer, based in Los Angeles and originally from Vancouver, Canada. After acting in numerous independent films, Lisa turned to writing and producing to fuel her creativity. Her first written, produced and starred in film, KENMORE AVE was a hit at Cannes, where the organizers of the festival played the trailer in rotation continuously over their red carpet alongside major features and is currently distributed by Shorts TV. She produced a feature length documentary FROM the MIDST of PAIN, which has earned over eight awards and has recently received distribution. She was a producer and developed the screenplay for acclaimed director, Jean Pierre Bekolo’s film, LES SAIGNANTES which was shot in French and screened to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Silver Stallion Award. She was mentored by famed screenwriter, Mardik Martin (RAGING BULL, MEAN STREETS) while writing her first screenplay XXL which has won several awards and has recently been optioned. She has several projects in development including a crime thriller she wrote about infamous female serial killer, Sheila LaBarre which won Best Script and Exceptional Achievement Award in the Multi Dimension Film Festival. Lisa has recently joined the prestigious Akula Literary Partners which was originally created under the mentorship of Hollywood Icon- Writer- Director - the late Michael Cimino and currently under the mentorship of T. Rafael Cimino and Shainee Gabel. (https://akulalit.com/the-writers.html). She’s looking forward to working with Sally Kirkland on the upcoming award winning dark comedy A DAY IN THE VALLEY, which she also wrote. She has recently penned another edgy drama FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE which will be shot in both London and LA and will bring together an international cast. Lisa is passionate about female driven content, and she successfully founded City of Angels Women’s Film Festival in 2019 which showcases exceptional films and celebrates diverse stories made by women internationally. COAWFF has been mentioned in Forbes Magazine, featured in Variety, Deadline Hollywood and numerous other publications and attracted top talent who share their diverse stories from around the globe. City of Angels Women’s Film Festival is named as one of the TOP 100 BEST REVIEWED film festivals in the world, according to Film Freeway and the festival partnered with media giant Deadline Hollywood in 2023.

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            PAUL DUBOIS 
     International Producer  

 

Paul is a British Canadian Producer based in the UK specialising in short films. Over the past decade Paul has produced and worked closely with new and established filmmakers including the following award winning projects: DING-DING, NEXT? by Alexander McKenzie & India Plummer (Screen South/BBC Creatives), Alice Trueman’s JAS (Red Rock Production Award), Eleanor Dolan’s READY OR NOT (Screen South/C4 Random Acts, Best Micro Film, NRFF), Joshua Kerr’s FLY HOME (Super 8s Cannes & World 25 winner) and trans director/actor Jake Graf’s COCKTALE & XY (Iris Prize Nominee). His first documentary PEMON was commissioned by the BFI and the DocSociety (formerly BritDoc) is currently in post-production.Paul’s latest online series, the comedy self-help #HONESTY by Niall Bishop and Ruggero Dalla Santa will premiere in Feb. 2022. Paul was also the Co-Producer of the feature film DARK SIGNAL (Netflix USA, SKY Cinema & Kaleidoscope) by Edward Evers-Swindell with James Cosmos and Exec. Produced by Neill Marshall.

JENNA WESTFALL 
Media Team Member 

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Jenna is one of our media team coordinators, she helps with film/media editing for our social media marketing and is always on the lookout for sponsors! This year 2024, she will graduate from Quinnipiac University with her Master’s, studying Cinematic Production Management.  Jenna hopes to become a director and/or producer, combined with her passion of post-production one day. Her studies and experiences involve studying abroad to work for the Cannes Film Festival 2023, and worked for a production company in Los Angeles, California, 2023. Currently, she lives on the East Coast, and is also working for A&E Network as a PA. Jenna is a big advocate for female empowerment, inclusion, and fair representation within the film and T.V. industry. She is proud to be a part of women in film and T.V, while being a member of the City of Angel’s Media Team!  

   COURTNEY  McGINLEY
    Media Team Member

Courtney McGinley is a member of our East Coast Media Team! She creates content for TikTok and Instagram Reels. Graduating this Spring, she is a senior studying Broadcast Journalism with a focus on Entertainment Media at Penn State University. At Penn State, Courtney is an Anchor, Reporter, and Social Media Producer for the Centre County Report and an Entertainment Host and Producer for Nittany Talk. One of her favorite memories as a student is studying in Los Angeles for a semester. Her dream as a Red Carpet Correspondent and Host came to fruition as she interviewed numerous television stars, movie actors, and influencers on the iconic orange carpet at the 2023 Kids Choice Awards.With only a couple of months left of school, Courtney is excited to see what the future holds.

 
     JULITA LITKOWIEC     
    Media Team Member 

Hey y’all! I’m Julita, but you can call me J! I’m a new member of the social media team all the way from across the pond (aka the UK). During the day, I’m a college (aka junior and senior year of USA high school) Media and English teacher with a deep passion for all things creative. During the night, I’m a film geek. I was a Film and TV Production as well as a Radio Production student as a junior&senior; that’s where my videography, presenting, and editing skills came from. I’ve done some voluntary social media promotion work as an EU Careers Ambassador in my college (yes, the USA definition) years too. I get called a woman of many talents; I’m a passionate self-taught photographer, writer (of books, short stories, and even lyrics), and poet. I enjoy a good book and good music (I play the ukulele). Anyway, I don’t want to take too much of your time, so let me finish with this: I’m super excited about joining City of Angels. I love what our founder, Lisa K. Crosato has created here and what this festival stands for. I can’t wait to see what we can do together to empower female filmmakers and inspire them to share their work with the world.

      MARIA LAZARIDI
French Festival Liaison for Production France-US

Maria Lazaridi was born in Belgium and moved to the French Riviera, where she has resided for over 20 years. Maria is a well-respected entrepreneur and producer of high-end customized luxury events in the south of France including Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco. More recently Maria has focused on producing films with Hollywood actress and producer Lisa K.Crosato. Maria has also joined the team of City of Angels Women’s Film Festival as the international French representative and liaison for promoting film business between France and the US vis a vis City of Angels Women's Film Festival. Ms. Lazaridi also oversees European partnership and sponsorship opportunities for the Hollywood based festival and looks forward to bringing her expertise to City of Angels Women's Film Festial in 2024.

ANCHAL CHAND
Festival Consultant

 

Anchal currently serves as President of Rukus Avenue a 27 year old entertainment and lifestyle brand based in Los Angeles. She serves as the director for Rukus Avenue Radio, the world’s #1 South Asian radio and podcast network. Rukus Avenue radio has recently signed a distribution deal with iHEART radio, making it the first south asian platform to join the IHEART family, diversifying their listenership to a broader audience. 

In addition to her work across the range of Rukus Avenue initiatives, Anchal served as director for Rukus Avenue's 15 year partnership with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles with its mutual venture called Rhythm Village and currently serves on the board.  She is cofounder/creator of Good Luck Yogi LLC, a wellness brand and character dedicated to teaching children mindfulness. In addition Anchal sits on the advisory board of In A Perfect World, an organization dedicated to providing mentorship and education to underserved youth worldwide . She also serves as a US Ambassador for New Light India for the past 9 years, an NGO dedicated to offering comprehensive community development services to at-risk women and children in Kolkata India. Her personal passion in the space of social justice, Indigenous rights, and advocacy for children has driven her role in impacting social change and advancement  through the creative arts and media. 

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