Hedgebrook Filmmakers Showcase 2023 [Hybrid]

In-Person at NWFF: May 19–20, 2023
Online: May 20 – June 2, 2023
In-Person at WICA: June 3, 2023

More in-person schedule details below!


$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Members / WICA Members / Hedgebrook Alumni


$5–25 Sliding Scale


For 35 years, Hedgebrook has lifted up the voices of women authoring change on the page, on the screen, and on the stage. If you love films written, directed and/or produced by talented women with a passion for visual storytelling, you won’t want to miss this event!

This year, the Hedgebrook Filmmakers’ Showcase features a selection of shorts and features, both documentary and fiction, from independent films to the making of a Hollywood hit, with a filmmaker discussion following each film. Expand your mind through their storytelling, and learn what inspired them to create and share these films. Grab your favorite snack, gather your favorite people, and come support the four featured filmmakers!

You can watch in person at NWFF on opening day, May 19, or closing night at WICA on June 3, or virtually from May 20 – June 2. People aged 13+ are all welcome to enjoy the showcase.

Presented in partnership with the CineStory Foundation, Northwest Film Forum and Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Poster designed by Jen Will-Thapa.

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⚠️ COVID-19 policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Daily Schedule:

MAY 19

7:30pm | Doors open for opening night mingling in the NWFF lobby
7:50pm | Hedgebrook welcome
8pm | Short film program

  • Award-winning writer (Pixar’s Inside Out) + Hedgebrook alum Meg LeFauve speaks on writing + emotion (15 min)
  • Tapping Into Our Future (10 min)
  • Bertie the Brilliant (25 min)

8:50pm | 10-minute intermission

  • 9pm Mama Wahunzi (57 min)
  • 10pm Pre-recorded writers’ panel (20 min)

MAY 20

8pm | Short film program + prerecorded writers’ panel

Films in the showcase:

Tapping Into Our Future, Tapping Into Our Past: Ayodele Casel

Choreographer/dancer Ayodele Casel (named one of the top breakout stars of the year by The New York Times just before the pandemic) creates work inspired by the history of Black tap dancers who came before her. This film is part of the Half the History series on under-told stories of diverse women in US history.

(Jennifer Burton, US, 10 min)

Trailer >

Bertie the Brilliant

A young boy takes on chores and small jobs around his neighborhood to raise money for a ticket to a magic show; but when his grandmother loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.

(Gabriela Garcia Medina, US, 2022, 25 min, in English & Spanish with English subtitles)

Trailer >

Mama Wahunzi (Women Blacksmiths)

From Africa, a story of strength. This documentary presents a moving tale of perseverance, hope and triumph during difficult times. See Sharifa, Fatuma and Peninah bravely battle the odds of disability by taking control of their means for mobility. It is a sensitive view into the lives of these courageous women and skillfully deals with issues the disabled have to face – how they overcome challenges, and how the beauty and strength of the human spirit continues to persevere against all odds.

(Lawan Jirasuradej, 2002, 57 min, in English & Swahili with English subtitles)

Inside Out

If you’ve seen Inside Out, the 2015 Academy Award-winning animated Pixar hit, you know the journey told through the perspective of 11-year old Riley’s emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Join award-winning writer, and Hedgebrook alum, Meg LeFauve for a brief chat on the emotions of being a writer, and how those emotions are critical to doing the work. If you haven’t seen Inside Out, pull up a comfy chair and get to it!

(20 min)

About Hedgebrook:


Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, Radical Craft Retreats, and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.

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