Saturday August 12 - 5:00pm-6:30pm

The Future is Female: Wonder Women in Hollywood


KATE REES DAVIES (Alliance of Women Directors Baard Member, Multi Award winning Feature/Short Film and Commercial Director) Kate Reed Davies.jpeg

Kate is an award winning director with experience in narrative features, short film, music videos and commercials. A directing graduate of UCLA, her love and enthusiasm of the craft of filmmaking is infectious. Five of her shorts have screened at Cannes. She was one of the first independent filmmakers to shoot on 4K with the Sony F65 and as a result, has had her work distributed on the Sony 4K TV.

Kate also produces and writes her own projects along with features for independent filmmakers. She has several projects in various stages of development and pre production and is currently exploring the world of VR. Her next project is a documentary about women in rock and roll. She also serves on the board of The Alliance of Women Directors. ching the Clown starring J.k. Simmons and Sarah Silverman
First Girl I Loved, Sundance winner 2016


Sarah J. Cornelius (Actor & Creative Executive - Whitewater Films)Sarah Cornelius.jpg

Sarah Cornelius is a creative development and production executive at Whitewater Films, an independent production company. Whitewater Film's mandate is to discover new writers and produce their projects. 
Spearheaded by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween 2, Bad Boys, Transparent), Whitewater has produced numerous notable and award winning films.

Whitewater produced:

Mean Creek with Paramount Classics
Cartel Land, nominated for a 2015 Oscar
Match starring Patrick Stewart and Carla Gugino
Cold Comes the Night starring Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve
7 Minutes with Anchor Bay Entertainment
According to Greta starring Hilary Duff, Melissa Leo and Ellen Burstyn

CINDY BAER (Director/Producer/Actress, AWD Member, Hollyshorts Alumni) Cindy Baer.png

Cindy Baer has helmed 2 features and 4 shorts that have appeared collectively in over 100 film festivals and garnered 40 Film Festival Awards, 2 Prism Award Nominations, as well as inclusion in several "Top Films of the Year" lists.  Her most recent feature ODD BRODSKY is a quirky Wes Anderson style comedy about a woman who'll do just about anything to make it in Hollywood. Watch on your favorite VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, etc..  Follow Cindy on twitter @CindyBaer  More info:

ALEXIS OSTRANDER (Director, AWD Member, HollyShorts 2017 Official Selection)ALEXIS OSTRANDER.png

Alexis Ostrander is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker with a penchant for raw, human stories. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and was part of the 40th annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Alexis’ short film “The Haircut” premiered at AFI FEST (2014) and has played at 45 festivals, garnering 13 awards. Alexis was selected for the inaugural 2016 Ryan Murphy (RMTV) Half Foundation Mentorship Program and subsequently directed the penultimate episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke on FX. She was a participant in the Fox Filmmakers Lab and Fox Global Directors Initiative and was a drama fellow for the apprenticeship program on Homeland. Currently, Alexis is one of five directors in the inaugural Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop and directed a grounded sci-fi short film called “Sensum." Alexis is attached to direct two feature films and is currently developing several projects for film and television. Alexis is represented by Echo Lake Entertainment and CAA.

Sarah Phillips (AWD Member, HollyShorts 2017 Official Selection)

Sarah Phillips is a director, writer, and producer in Los Angeles, and co-founded Phileon Productions with Laetitia Leon in 2014 with one mission - increase women in front of and behind the camera. On every production since then, including short films, branded content, web series, and music videos, they have set the bottom line at least fifty percent women characters, and fifty percent production crew, usually surpassing that. Her short film, "Smile: A Musical," played at Dances With Films in June 2017, and is playing at HollyShorts Film Festival on August 16th at noon - Come! The screenplay of the same won Best Short Drama Screenplay at Nashville Film Festival in 2016. Her sci-fi short film "Separation of Church and Livia" was in the top five of the highly competitive AT&T Shape Create-A-Thon in July 2017. She is attached to direct two feature films, and is developing other television, film, digital series, and virtual reality projects. Sarah is passionate about musicals, women in film, and emerging technology; Find out more at Sarah is a proud member of: Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film LA, Film Independent, and The Dramatist's Guild of America.Sarah_Smile.jpg