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Courage & defiance

Who is going to be interested in your little stories ?  Who will fund the movie ?  Why don't you get a job ?    We want you to do this , and then do that.   We must all work hard to put your brother to school.   All big budget movies have male heroes;  we do not think you should cast a woman as the lead.    Are you holding the boom mic correctly ?  


Approximately 15% of the films submissions to PUFF are by women filmmakers.  Only 5% is from women from the Middle East & Asia.  We want to encourage more of you !  Yes, you can !  


Women filmmakers who currently lives in the Middle East and South East Asia will be exempt from our submission fees.  PUFF will be most delighted to assist with any technical aspects of the post production phase of your projects and any travelling arrangement to the festival.  


If any women filmmaker has any initiatives that will further the opportunities of women around the world, PUFF would be interested to participate in any way we could.  Please contact us. 



Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media


The Institute is uniquely positioned to spotlight gender inequalities at every media and entertainment company through cutting-edge research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs. Our mission is to work within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media.



New York Women in Film and Television’s Resource List

Contains articles, statistics and links to important reports on the status of women.

The Guerrilla Girls 

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women film makers and arts professionals who fight discrimination. They produce art posters, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in the art world and culture at large. 

"The Woman Behind the Camera" Ann Lewinson

This article talks about the biases society imposes on women thus limiting their career in the film industry.


Early NYU film students were told that women could not make feature films. These confessions along with chilling statitics from the Celluloid Ceiling tell the current status of women behind the camera.

"Status of Contemporary Women Filmmakers" Dr. Katrien Jacobs

This article gives an in-depth analysis of international filmmaking and the ideologies that restrict women filmmakers. The effects of globalization and American corporations have made the emergence of women into the industry more difficult. 

University of Berkeley 

University of Berkeley’s bibliography of books and articles concerning women in the industry.


WomenArts works to empower an international community of women artists and allies by sharing news about inspiring arts projects and funding opportunities, and by facilitating the annual world-wide Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) celebrations in March and April.

Women's Media Center

Women’s Media Center produces original features on important issues by women experts and journalists. Reports and commentaries provide progressive women’s perspectives on both headline stories and timely events ignored or misrepresented in the mainstream media.

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