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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 PWIFT on International Women’s Day for a screening of the internationally acclaimed film:


Co-Presented by Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT) and Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media (PJFM)

Wednesday, March 8, 7PM
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E (Corner of 5th and Market Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

When a smiley, carefree Ukrainian woman arranges for her younger sister to marry an Israeli man and start her life anew, trepidation fills the room for the soon-to-be bride. Is this arranged marriage a blessing in disguise or a disaster waiting to happen? VALERIA IS GETTING MARRIED has astounded audiences and critics across the globe with its tense setting, intelligent writing, and top-notch performances from its minimal cast. Writer/director Michal Vinik has created a powerful tale of two women willing to decide for themselves and not fall victim to society’s demands. PJFM is pleased to present this sneak preview as part of International Women’s Day.

Join us after the film for a discussion with Devorah Selber and Betsy Braun (PWIFT)

PWIFT Members receive a $3 Discount that may be applied for General Admission tickets
Use code: valeria@pwift

TICKETS & INFO: PhillyJFM.org/Valeria-Is-Getting-Married/



“Ladies Who Lead” Film Industry Panel Discussion

March 23rd from 6pm-8pm

Redstar Pictures

2239 Hartranft St Philadelphia, PA 19145


PWIFT is excited to announce our March panel discussion:

Ladies Who Lead: Empowering Women for Leadership in Film & TV

Calling all female filmmakers! Looking to break into the industry? Curious about becoming a director, producer, DP, or key department head on set? Come to the March PWIFT event “Ladies Who Lead” featuring a panel of seasoned Philadelphia filmmakers with experience in department head roles on film, TV, and commercial productions. Learn from their stories, gain insight on set leadership and management, and hear advice on how to navigate a career in the film and TV industry.

We look forward to seeing you at this informative and inspiring session!

Food and beverage provided.

Free parking.

Tickets are limited!

$25 Non Members

$15 PWIFT Members

Click on the link to purchase your tickets today!



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 new Board Members:

Alfreda “Fre” Howard (Membership) – Professional makeup artist/Faces by Fre, LLC
Jenna Lam (Programming) – Creative Producer
Kelly Murray (Secretary/Communications) – Independent filmmaker and Marketing Specialist at Exelon

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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