Call for Feminist Fest 2015 live

Confidential fanatics! We apologize for the Calendar-only discourse that has barely littered the main feed on C-U Blogfidential during these past few weeks. We found ourselves suddenly back in the print media business and can happily report C-U Confidential issue 8 is on the way! More news about that seminal number will be shared later this month but, for now, we’d like to point out another recurring film project to which you can submit your work even if you are an undergraduate or graduate student. Hit the jump to read a Call for Entries to the next Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival at Eastern Illinois University in March; also click this link to revisit the illustrious Z’s article on the previous CIFFF to get a good idea of what Professor Robin Murray and her team present over in Charleston each spring.

~ Jason Pankoke


From November 21, 2014:



CHARLESTON, IL (November 21, 2014) – Filmmakers are invited to submit entries for the 2015 Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival (CIFFF) to be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on March 23-25, 2015. The theme of this year’s festival is “Coming of Age Sexuality.”

The CIFFF Committee and the Women’s Studies Program at EIU are looking for films of high artistic quality that satisfy at least two of the following criteria: films created with an emphasis on gender and/or social justice issues; films that link local and global issues; films created by people underrepresented in the media – women, people of color, queer/transgendered people, people with disabilities – and films made by people from the central Illinois area.

While there is an emphasis on local filmmakers, honors have previously been awarded to directors in Illinois, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Canada, Iran, Australia, India, and the Philippines. Subjects have included art therapy and how it can heal victims of gender-based violence, an artist who found her calling when she returned to her childhood home in Cambodia, and the diverse history of women’s political activism around the world.

“The Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival welcomes submissions from students and aspiring filmmakers in both documentary and fictional film categories,” said CIFFF committee chair Robin Murray.

Submissions should be short films of no more than 30 minutes in length. There is no submission fee for the film festival. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. The films will be screened on March 24, 2015.

Filmmakers can submit to the film festival in one of three ways:

On-line through FilmFreeway at;

Upload a video to Vimeo, Dropbox, or YouTube and e-mail Murray at rlmurray [at] eiu [dot] edu with a link to the film;

Mail a DVD of the film to Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, Women’s Studies Program, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Robin Murray.

The DVD should be labeled with a name, address, e-mail address, and title of the film. After sending the film, an acknowledgment should be e-mailed to Murray.

Submissions sent via e-mail or standard mail should also include a cover letter that explains how the filmmaker or film fits the criteria listed above and a two- to three-sentence synopsis. CIFFF takes place each year in March during Women’s History Awareness Month (WHAM). The WHAM schedule at EIU also includes the Women’s Studies Annual Awards Ceremony, a keynote presentation by author, activist, professor, and recording artist Elaine Richardson, a.k.a. “Dr. E,” a living history performance, and a concert of women’s music, among other events. This year’s theme for WHAM is “Gender and Sexuality.”

Now in its eighth year, the film festival promotes the mission of the EIU Women’s Studies Program, which is to promote an understanding of how issues related to gender, age, race, economic status, sexual identity, and nationality affect women’s lives and the communities in which they live. In order to promote an equitable and sensitive environment for all persons, Women’s Studies also responds to issues affecting women on the EIU campus and in the local community.

Additionally, the CIFFF Committee invites local organizations or members of the community to host a film screening and/or discussion. Those interested in doing so may contact Murray for more information or to share ideas.

To learn more about the CIFFF, visit the film studies minor page at EIU on-line or its dedicated Web site.


Robin Murray
Chair, Department of English, EIU
rlmurray [at] eiu [dot] edu

Sarah Miller
Department of English, EIU
smiller [at] eiu [dot] edu

(217) 581-2428


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