New dates announced for the National Lampoon's Girlz Rule Script Contest
The National Lampoon Company presents the NATIONAL LAMPOON’S GIRLZ RULE SCRIPT CONTEST (“NLGR Script Contest”) launched in association with Women in Film & Television US (“WIFT US”). This partnership seeks to provide women scriptwriters - LGBTQ+, women of color (Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latino), all religions, professional or amateur status, any race, ethnicity, country of origin, native language, political orientation, or sexual preference - with an opportunity to submit their scripts and be part of the GIRLZ RULE feature film series to be produced by National Lampoon. (#GirlzRule)
NLGR Script Contest seeks comedies and parodies of every kind that appeal to a wide audience. The scripts NL GIRLZ RULE seeks are intelligent, with cutting-edge wit, combined with some satire. National Lampoon has an illustrious history in the comedy genre beginning with its first film produced in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, one of the most successful comedies ever.
Carol Bidault de l’Isle (“Daliland”) and Jerry Daigle ("Love, Wedding, Marriage" and "Odd Thomas") are set to produce the films. They along with Nancy McBride, WIFT US President will also participate in the review and determine the finalists.
National Lampoon and its NL GIRLZ RULE, LLC will sponsor the submissions process. Submissions will be free, at no cost to the writer, and will be accepted from November 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
Winners will be notified by April 30, 2024 and announced at the Cannes Film Festival 2024.
To submit and to learn terms and conditions of the NLGR Script Contest, please visit this website. Entrants must be active members in good standing a WIFT-US member organization. WIFVNE members are members of WIFT-US.
Straight to your inboxes! Here's the October 2023 edition of the WIFVNE Wire. Recaps on recent festivals and events, plus photos and news about WIFVNE members and future events and film festivals.
The New England Voice Over Summit, held October 14-15 in Waltham, MA, was a wonderful weekend of artists sharing their techniques and talents. it was a cerebration of creativity as attended empowered each other to try new things.
WIFVNE President Emerita Alecia Orsini was on hand --or rather, on voice? -- for NEVO, and provided these photos. Networking Wednesday host -- Erica Brookhyser also attended NEVO, sharing her voice.
Hot off the digital press! Here's the September 2023 edition of the WIFVNE Wire. Inside, updates on upcoming events, film festivals, and WIFVNE members.
WIFVNE congratulates all of the participants of the New Haven 48 Hour Film Project (HFP). The shooting weekend was July 28-30th, and the screening event tool place on August 5 at the Bijou Theatre.
WIFVNE is a proud sponsor of the New Haven 48HFP. The winner of the Woman of the 48 Award, sponsored by WIFVNE, receives $100 from WIFVNE and a one-year WIFVNE Individual membership. The Woman of the 48 Award is intended to recognize a behind-the-scenes female/female-identifying member of the crew, whether Super Hero on Set, serving in multiple roles, or shining in her position for the team.
The winner of the 2023 Woman of the 48 Award is Mary Spaulding from team Wandering Karma for "A Fine Bromance." Her team writes: “Throughout our 48Hrs Mary Spaulding was a picture of calm and laughter. She remained steadfastly buoyant and focused on solutions rather than what was going pear shaped. She never complained or faltered, wearing several hats, scripty, assistant editor, co-writer. (We) heard her bursts of laughter watching the actors rehearse the brand new script she and (team member) Amanda Cabral delivered in less than an hour and that reminded everyone of why we love to do this. When the film was finally in the can, she rushed it over to the editor and worked with him to deliver it on time. She did all the graphics that ended up in the film and supervised the assembly. Because of her unwavering light, incredible versatility, high morale and professionalism Wandering Karma nominates Mary Spaulding for the WIFVNE Award."
photo credit Photo Ellektrik
WIFVNE members attended in their show of support at the SAG-AFTRA New England Rally, held at the Boston Common on Wednesday, August 9.
Headlines about the event appeared in local news outlets such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston.com, WBUR (where SAG-AFTRA New England Local President and WIFVNE Member Andrea Lyman is quoted, and SAG-AFTRA New England Executive Director and WIFVNE Member Jessica Maher is pictured). ICYMI, US Senator Elizabeth Warren was in attendance.
Do you have photos from the event? Let WIFVNE know: tag @wifvne
WIFVNE Board Member Nerissa Scott Williams with U. S. Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren.
WIFVNE member Alyson Muzila (left) with WIFVNE Board Member Jaci Kjernander at the SAG-AFTRA New England rally.
From left to right: WIFVNE member Alyson Muzila, Kim Niemi, WIFVNE member Jami Tennille, Rene Zara (NY resident!), Callie Beaulieu, and WIFVNE Board member Jaci Kjernander.
Special thanks to WIFVNE Member Maria Battaglia for sharing her video of the rally.
WIFVNE stands in solidarity with our members and friends in the Writers Guild of America as they as they seek a sustainable livelihood and just compensation for their work.
Visit www.sagaftrastrike.org for the latest information and on how to lend your support.
WIFVNE members on the set of Fenwick, shot at the historic Whitin-Lasell Manor in Whitinsville, MA.
Left to right: Jacob Christiansen, Alexander Lisoukov, Gracie Vicente, Elisa Garcia, Jaci Kjernander, Alyson Muzila, Joe Bell, Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid, and Beth Ricci.
Fenwick was written and directed by WIFVNE board member Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid and produced by WIFVNE board member Jaci Kjernander.
Rachel had this to say about the location: "Remember when [WIFVNE organized] the locations event [in March 2022]. My thought was 'this is perfect for one of my screenplays!' And it totally was! And Whitin-Lasell Manor is also completely haunted by the way...we have some crazy stories."
WIFVNE congratulates all of the participants of the Boston 48 Hour Film Project (HFP). The shooting weekend was May 5-7, and the Best Of event tool place on June 12 at the Crystal Ballroom in Somerville.
WIFVNE is a proud sponsor of the Boston 48HFP. This year, WIFVNE Board Member Rachel Thomas-Medwid announced the winner of the Woman of the 48 Award, sponsored by WIFVNE. The winner receives $100 from WIFVNE and the winner and runner-up receive a one-year WIFVNE Individual membership.
The Woman of the 48 Award is intended to recognize a behind-the-scenes female/female-identifying member of the crew, whether Super Hero on Set, serving in multiple roles, or shining in her position for the team.
The winner of the 2023 Woman of the 48 Award is Kelsey Leach from tram Show Me the Amenities for "(Ex)pionage" (Mistaken Identity Film). Her team writes: “[S]he wore many hats on the crew. She was the head writer; she was the continuity keeper; she was a producer; she helped with editing; she kept everyone's spirits up, and she also gave some really great notes to the actors…This was her first 48, and she joined a team of people that had worked together multiple times before and she immediately fit right in and never shied away from sharing her thoughts.… We actually met her during the Women in Film networking event a few months ago (so thank you for that).”
The runner-up of the 2023 Woman of the 48 Award is Alex Crouse from team Friendly Filmmaker for "Dibs on Mars" (Musical/Vacation Film). Her team writes: “Alex was an absolute POWERHOUSE over the course of the weekend, wearing multiple hats, exhibiting boundless energy and enthusiasm, and simultaneously delivering a solid contribution to the team while also trying several new things… The entire weekend, while folks got tired and nerves started to fray, Alex was a rock. A fun collaborator, a gifted actor, a talented editor, and a brave soul who was there to kick ass and have fun doing it.”
Photos provided by the Boston 48HFP and the filming teams.
WIFVNE co-presented the in-person screening of THE STEWARDS, a short film by WIFVNE member Hannah Eaton, in Newport, Rhode Island on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
Other WIFNVE members that were part of the cast and crew were present for a fun networking evening, celebrating the completion of this proof of concept. The film will now go onto film festivals, and begin efforts to develop and fund the story into a bigger series. You can learn more and see behind-the-scenes pictures of the film on Hannah's website.
Pictured above from left to right: Mike Sun, Carley Byers, Hunter Anderson, Eva Okrent, Maxine Muster, Hannah Eaton
WIFVNE members who worked on THE STEWARDS include:
Photo provided by Hannah Eaton
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