Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP is proud to have been named general counsel for The Women’s Film Festival. This year’s event was held March 16th – 19th at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts,  Perelman Theater. 

“There’s a need for a festival that affords women of any background the chance to be showcased in a truly empowering light.”

In 2014, two strangers chatted about film in the bathroom of a West Philly restaurant.  Phuong Nguyen, a veteran of the Asian American Film Festival, and Layne Marie Williams, a University of the Arts grad, exchanged business cards and went their separate ways.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Over the course of the following months, Nguyen and Williams constructed a powerhouse team of pioneering women and front-footed male allies.  Thus, the Women’s Film Project was born.  We aim to create artistic platforms for the presentation of work by and about women, our marquee event being the annual Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA.  The festival draws audience members from all over the region, as well as filmmakers, poets, activists, inventors, actors, designers, and artists of every discipline who embrace the power of female expression.  The Women’s Film Project encourages and supports women of all backgrounds to embrace leading roles in front of and behind the camera.