To empower women filmmakers to create diverse roles for women, as well as educate and inform audiences of social, political and health issues impacting women globally.
The festival's is programing educates audiences about social, political and health issues impacting women globally. Ticket sales from gala screenings are donated to womenís causes. The 2010 festival opened with Serious Moonlight, written by the late Adrienne Shelly. Director Cheryl Hines introduced the film and informed the audience about the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The film was followed by a reception and silent auction with proceeds donated to the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The 2010 centerpiece presentation Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy was introduced by a representative from Partners in Health, who informed the audience about the organization and gave an update on the Haiti crisis and Partner in Healthís PIPs fundraising relief efforts. In addtion to showcasing women made movies each March, Alliance of Women Filmmakers, partners with other organizations throughout the year that benefit women in film and womenís causes. In 2009, the organization partnered with the Breast Cancer Foundation and Hair & Artists Makeup Network to produce Hair & Makeup Give Back. Breast cancer survivors received a complimentary day of pampering followed by a reception in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. Alliance of Women Filmmakers has also been a contributing sponsor of AFIís Directing Workshop for Women Showcase and American Women in Radio and Televisionís Genii Awards.
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