The COVEN Film Festival, committed to highlighting the voices of women and non-binary filmmakers from the Bay Area and across the world, is proud to announce its second annual festival. The festival takes place January 10-12, 2020 at the historic Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District and will feature 16 short and 3 feature-length films from 10 countries.
Join us for 3 days of films, panels, Q&As with filmmakers and excellent networking opportunities.
Opening Night Film:
What Lies West - directed by Jessica Ellis. California Premiere. When new college graduate Nicolette takes a summer job babysitting sheltered teen Chloe, the two must overcome a wide personality gap to set off on a summer adventure that will change both their lives. Filmed in Sonoma County, this is the first feature film by filmmaker Jessica Ellis, a graduate of the UCLA and the American Film Institute. Together with her writing partner Nick Sinnot, Jessica’s scripts have won the Creative World Awards and have been identified as one of the Top 50 Scripts in the Nicholl Fellowship.
Closing Night Film:
Accept the Call - directed by Eunice Lao. California Premiere. Twenty-five years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota, his worst fear is realized when his 19-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the eyes of a father striving to understand why his young son would leave his American life behind to attempt to join a terrorist organization in a foreign country, Accept the Call explores racism and prejudice against immigrants, the rise of targeted recruitment by radicalized groups, and the struggles of Muslim youth growing up in the US today. This intimate film captures the story of this father and son attempting to mend their relationship after breaking each other’s hearts. A former broadcast journalist, Eunice Lau has a penchant for telling social justice stories. Her film Through the Fire was filmed in Somalia and nominated for best short documentary at AMPAS Student Academy in 2013. Her works have appeared on the Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera English, and Channel News Asia.