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Women in Horror Film Festival Rebranding as Renegade Film Festival

by Waylon Jordan

The popular Women in Horror Film Festival is rebranding to the Renegade Film Festival with an all new motto: Same Mission, Broader Reach.

“In an effort to evolve with the ever changing landscape, it is important to rebrand in order to further our reach and support our mission of creating more visibility, more inclusion, more balance and more equality in the film industry. The mission of this fest has always been to showcase and foster inclusion and balance both in front of, and behind the camera.  I really felt like the name of the fest was limiting.  I’ve received countless emails and messages stating that filmmakers have hesitated to submit because their film didn’t have a female director.  This was concerning, as our criteria looks beyond the director.  Filmmaking is a team sport and so many other creatives come together to collaborate and create the final product.  Focusing on a singular position negates the creative impact made by the writer, the cinematographer, the performers, the editor, the FX artists and so many more.  Our mission is to lift all marginalized voices and celebrate the diversity of the entire team behind a film.”–Vanessa Ionta Wright, Festival Director and Showrunner

Wright went on to add that the festival’s new name reflects the idea that, “Filmmakers are meant to break barriers, break rules, create something new.”

Furthermore, she says while horror will always be the core of the festival, the rebranding opens the festival to expand beyond the genre.

Submissions for the newly named Renegade Film Festival are open now through December 31, 2021 on Film Freeway. The festival will take place March 3-5, 2022 at the Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year’s special guest jury includes actress and filmmaker Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), writer/director Adam Marcus, author and podcaster Scott Bradley, YouTuber/influencer Zena Sadè Dixon, and Atlanta-based actors and writers Melissa Kunnap and Brian Ashton Smith.

For more information about festival, visit their OFFICIAL WEBSITE and look for them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @RenegadeFF.

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