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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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!

Screenwriting Panel

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.


March 1-10

Due to the high volume of applications, the window for applying runs from March 1 to March 10. Role assignments are announced by March 20.

RED Workshop

March 27, 7-10pm

A special workshop by RED for DPs, ACs, DITS, editors, assistant editors and producers to go over the equipment and workflow for the challenge.

Pre-Pro Meeting

March 30

All participants are expected to attend the pre-pro meeting to meet the team and discuss production. This will be in Brooklyn, a 2-hour slot between 12-5pm.

The Challenge

April 4-7

The challenge begins at 6 p.m.,  4/4, when all the teams are assigned a genre and a required prop. The completed film must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., 4/7.


April 18

We'll be screening all of the completed films at the Museum of Moving Image with an after party at George's. Free for participants.

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.

Before the challenge

Dates will be released closer to the event. Sign up on our email list to be the first to receive updates.

Apply for free.

Applications are reviewed by WWFC.

Roles are assigned and released.

Orientations for teaml leaders, writers and directors.

Pre-production meeting with the entire crew.

Equipment workshop with provided gear.

During the challenge

Next up: Feb. 20 - 23, 2020, in LA

NYC 2020 dates TBA.

WWFC draws a genre out of a hat for each crew on Thursday at 6 p.m. Crews are also given a prop they must incorporate.

Screenwriters write the screenplay on Thursday evening.


Filming happens on Friday and Saturday.

Post-production on Sunday.

Completed film must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

After the challenge

Dates will be released closer to the event. Sign up on our email list to be the first to receive updates.

Official screening and afterparty for completed films.

All films are added to IMDb.

Workshop for submitting films to festivals.

Access to database of participants.

Our films have been accepted into over 60 festivals. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for all the updates.

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Martha's Vineyard Film Festival

Sept. 3-8, 2019

Watch Pretty Dead on the beach at the next Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival!  

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Broad Humor Film Festival

August 29-Sept 1, 2019

Mila and Mimi Too, a film from the inagural challenge continues its festival run in LA!

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Official Latino Film and Arts Festival

July 9 2019

A great turn out for Pretty Dead which screened in the semi-finalist block.

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Queerly Short Film Festival

June 24, 2019

Daughters of Solonas, from the third NYC challenge, debuted .in this festival which showcased queer films and filmmakers.

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Indie Short Fest

May 15, 2019

Game Over, the horror film made during the second NYC film challenge, was accepted under the "best fantasy" category in this LA-based festival.

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HBO's Women in Comedy Festival

May 4, 2019

Past participants from all three challenges gathered to promote and support the future of the challenge. 

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