Leslie has been working with non-profit organizations and their senior management teams for more than 30 years, first as an attorney and then as the long-time head of BRIC, the Brooklyn arts institution. During her 13-year tenure, BRIC’s budget grew from $3.7M to $15.8M, and BRIC launched numerous new initiatives including BRIC TV, BRIC Lab, a renowned youth media education initiative, and BRIC Workspace, all of which are intended to invest in artists and media-makers.
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Meet the Panelists
We rely on a team of experts to review applications. If you submit for the role of writer, director, actor, or DP, a veteran in your field will assess your application and provide us with a score. We use those scores to make our final decisions about who to accept for which roles. If you are placed on a crew, you can rest assured that your fellow participants have been vetted and that you are working with a great team!
We first met Nicole during the inaugural Women’s Weekend Film Challenge, when she worked as a PA on the short film noir “That Very Evening.” Then, in September, she worked on the mystery short “And So It Is” as a writer and sound mixer! When she’s not working on the film challenge, she works in film as a writer, director and sound mixer. We’re so excited to have her on board!
Because we get so many awesome people applying to be screenwriters on our challenges, we enlist the help of past participants to read the submissions and make recommendations. Each application for a screenwriter postition is read by at least two panelists and then scored on a scale from 1 to 5. Tracy and Katrina then take those recommendations and make the final decisions and crew placements.
Out of 1,100 films in the last ten years, only 43 were directed by women.*
Help Change this
Women's Weekend Film Challenge improves the representation of women behind and in front of the camera by creating and supporting film crews with women in every role.
Prospective participants can apply via a short online form. They will rank up to four roles they are able to fulfill in order of interest. For example, one prospective participant might list cinematographer as her first choice, lighting as her second choice, and assistant camera as her third choice if she has experience in all of those roles. We will try to place her in the best role we see fit. If her first choice is writer and her second choice is script supervisor, we will try to place her in both of those roles.