6th Annual Down to the Wire 24-Hour Film Race (2017)

$500 Award for Outstanding Female-led Team*

Sponsored by Female Filmmakers of Wichita

*Outstanding Female-led Team is defined as a team led by both a female director and female producer (may be the same person).


Although women make up more than half of the population in America (and dominate ticket sales, audience, and attendance), females are still underrepresented both in front of and behind, the camera.

Of 2016 films, women comprised only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, 24% of producers, 17% of editors and 5% of cinematographers. It’s not much better for women in independent film. Only 25% of films at major independent festivals had female directors, and 72% of those working in key behind-the-scenes roles were men, while only 28% were female. In the top 100 grossing films of 2015, females comprised only 22% of protagonists. Diversity among all female characters fared even worse, with 76% White, 13% Black, 4% Latina, 3% Asian, 2% “other worldly” and 2% other. We still have a long way to go for equal representation in film.


The stories told on screen are extremely influential in shaping our society and how we as individuals view our role in it. When women are not equal partners both in the storytelling and interpretation on screen, films reflect a very narrow worldview. Female Filmmakers of Wichita is proud to sponsor this award recognizing the Outstanding Female-led Team in the Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush Down to the Wire 24-Hour Film Race as part of our mission to support and empower female filmmakers. This is one small way we hope to contribute toward achieving gender parity in filmmaking.


About Female Filmmakers of Wichita:
Female Filmmakers of Wichita (FemFilmICT) is a group of female filmmakers of all experience levels based in Wichita, Kan. The mission of FemFilmICT is to provide a positive, supportive environment that empowers women seeking to find and express their voice, telling their unique stories through filmmaking. The group serves as an additional resource for sharing knowledge, networking, supporting, encouraging and promoting women in all aspects of filmmaking.



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