BEVERLY HILLS, CA, March 23, 2021 /Neptune100/ — LA Femme International Film Festival (LAFIFF) the Premier Independent International Film Festival for WOMEN launches into the treacherous waters of the podcast community offering the truth of how to make it in Hollywood.

“Best in Fest” (BIF) is the first-ever podcast from a film festival worldwide that interviews women navigating through the festival circuit who have created shorts, films, documentaries, and screenplays. BIF also highlights interviews from industry professionals who have distributed or help secure funding for indie films. These professional and indie filmmakers talk about current practices and successes with securing distribution, pointers, and strategies for the indie filmmaking community worldwide with valuable insider information. BIF is available starting Tuesday, March 23, 2021; a weekly podcast telling the dirty little secrets Hollywood wants to keep hidden behind the curtains. Hear from women who have launched their careers within and using the system to their advantage.

Launching our debut podcast is Kristen Bedno, Vice President of Distribution and Marketing at Vision Films, a 20-year legacy distribution company in Los Angeles, CA. Bedno brings her expertise to describe exactly what distribution companies seek from filmmakers and giving precise details of what it is like working with a distribution partner.

About Kristen Bedno
Formally with Starz and Lionsgate, Bedno oversaw sales operations and international marketing and publicity strategies for the Worldwide Distribution group, launching Starz Original series such as Emmy® Award-winning “Black Sails”, “Power”, “The Girlfriend Experience”, (starring Golden Globe®-nominated actress Riley Keough), and “Ash vs Evil Dead” (created by legendary Director Sam Raimi).

Upcoming BIF podcast guests will include: Nicole Conn of Nicole Conn Films Global (NCFG) iconic LGBTQ+ film director, novelist, writer, and producer (“Little Man” and “Elena Undone” Starring: Necar Zadegan, Thunderbird Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks, and Sam Harris). Caytha Jentis, writer, director, and producer (“Bad Parents” Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri, Christopher Titus, and Kristen Johnston). Valerie McCaffrey, casting director, writer, director (CD for “Hard Candy” Starring Patrick Wilson, Elliot Page and Sandra Oh) and co-directed and co-produced a cancer documentary called “Cancer it’s in the System”, with Cindy Pruitt starring Melissa Etheridge and Trish Cyrus. Deborah Gilels, Founder of LA Media Consultants a PR/Media Consulting company which launched: Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy, the award-winning documentary the Chazz Palminteri- Andie MacDowell family drama “Mighty Fine” for Lionsgate.

Best In Fest podcast will launch on all the major sites: Apple Podcast, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and so many more.

In this world of over 9,000+ film festivals worldwide, LA Femme International Film Festival is doing it right with supporting great filmmakers and a platform of love and support that is just not offered at larger festivals. This one of a kind hi-end boutique film festival brings nurturing to the forefront offering more opportunities for networking than any other festival.

LAFIFF festival celebrates its 17th year of programing films Produced, Written, and Directed by Women of color worldwide. This year’s festival CALL FOR ENTRIES is open and in the Early Bird submission; all submission will be on going until August 12, 2021. https://filmfreeway.com/LaFemmeInternationalFilmFestival

LAFIFF 17th Annual Festival is October 14-17, 2021, with over 150+ films MADE BY WOMEN in categories such as film, documentary, shorts, animation, web series, commercial, and music videos. All events and screenings will be screened Virtually again this year with potentially on the ground events to support filmmakers and current COVID restrictions in California. Tickets will be available on or around September 1st to attend and see the amazing films WOMEN can create.

About Leslie LaPage
Leslie LaPage, Founder of LAFIFF, is a Woman of Color and has been a successful producer, writer, and director in the industry. But is has been LA Femme that has driven her and her vision to allow those in the industry to see the multitude of projects being created by women that have been neglected over the years. “We ARE the “Sundance” of Women Film Festivals worldwide with more worldwide premiers from more countries than most festivals. We are the powerhouse of creativity and a forerunner in the vision for festivals, programming, and the female indie filmmaker creators worldwide. If they are a women filmmaker, they know us, we know them.” Said Leslie LaPage.

Sponsors: (WGA) Writers Guild America West Women’s Committee, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Columbia College Hollywood.

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