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Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and advancing the professional development and achievement of women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. PWIFT is committed to creating economic and social stimulus for its members and the community at large by helping emerging artists and established professional members reach their full potential, and by attracting new jobs, investment and production to the creative economy in the Philadelphia area.




Join Philadelphia Film Society and Philadelphia Women in Film and Television as they come together to present a Community Screening in honor of Women’s History Month


Wednesday, March 23, 2022


1412 Chestnut Street

Philadephia, PA 19102

Screening Starts at 7:00 pm

Marketplace in the lobby opens at 6:00 pm

Tickets are free for the Community Screening – reserve yours here!


A trailblazer in the television industry, Lucille Ball pioneered the presence of women on screen. We honor her journey with a screening of LUCY AND DESI (2022), a documentary film by Amy Poehler. Prior to the screening, a women’s marketplace will be held at the Philadelphia Film Center’s lobby with women-identifying artists and business owners who will showcase their services and products.


Please note that the Philadelphia Film Society requires masking as well as proof of completion of COVID vaccinations for all patrons and staff at the Philadelphia Film Center.




Hello PWIFT Family –
We’re excited to announce some leadership changes to the PWIFT Board. Suzanne Landau, our tireless leader and long-time President has decided to step down and pass the baton.  The Executive Board has elected Hillary Hanak-Newman as PWIFT’s next President.

Hillary, a Philadelphia-based Director of Photography and Video Content Producer at Aramark, was previously Secretary of the Executive Board.  Hillary is a proven leader in the Philadelphia film industry and the international world of 360 Virtual Reality.  In addition to her filmmaking expertise, she brings her passion, enthusiasm and creativity to the position.

We want to thank Suzanne for her dedication and unending motivation and stewardship of PWIFT for the past 12 years.  Suzanne, one of the founding members, has been instrumental in growing PWIFT from a burgeoning organization to an effective non-profit supporting female film and content makers through grants, education and mentorship.  Suzanne will remain on the PWIFT Board as a Member at Large.

We are pleased that Dafna Yachin, PWIFT Vice President, will remain on the Executive Board through 2022 and then transition to the position of Board Member at Large. We thank Dafna for her tireless efforts during her tenure. Dafna’s immense contributions include securing grants, creating and moderating some of our most successful events and workshops along with sharing her invaluable counsel and leadership.

PWIFT welcomes four new Board Members:

Simone Holland (Membership) – Independent filmmaker and co-owner at Tetra Creative
Alfreda “Fre” Howard (Membership) – Professional makeup artist/Faces by Fre, LLC
Jenna Lam (Programming) – Creative Producer
Kelly Murray (Secretary/Communications) – Independent filmmaker and Marketing Director at Trail Creek Outfitters

Some role changes are also in the works for the rest of our Board.  Betsy Braun is now the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee and Phuong Nguyen is Co-Chair of the Programming committee.

A special thanks to Maureen Schultz who has completed her Board term.  We thank her for her leadership and service. During her tenure, she developed and produced many events that helped to educate our members and the PWIFT community.

We also offer our unending appreciation to Diane Walsh, our long-time Secretary who relocated to California last year.  Diane kept PWIFT running behind the scenes. While she has moved on to new endeavors, she continues to offer her welcomed counsel whenever needed.

We are already hard at work planning some exciting events and educational opportunities for our membership.  Stay tuned for our new newsletter.  And if you haven’t renewed your membership or know someone who would like to join PWIFT, click or send them this link below.




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