Festival founders and directors Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies are a filmmaking duo whose critically acclaimed feature thriller THE COMMUNE was embraced by multiple genre communities (as well as The Huffington Post). They feel thrilled to fill a hole in the industry by providing access to fantastic genre-blenders by indie female filmmakers systematically excluded from the sausagefest that is top tier genre festivals.
BleedFest disproves the prevailing myth that there are no female filmmakers making indie genre movies. Explains Elisabeth Fies about the discrepancy between reality and Hollywood attention for genre female filmmakers, “It’s not even about being taken seriously. It’s about being discounted to the point that you’re invisible and told you don’t exist. BleedFest aims to prove to the world that hundreds of us ovary-challenged filmmakers are here, and we’re making bold, exciting movies filmlovers need and don’t want to miss. We’re positive, we’re fun, we’re in partnership with men, and we’re unstoppable.”
The Fies Sisters thank everyone for the outpouring of support and excitement about BleedFest that helped them reach their IndieGoGo fundraising campaign in under two weeks (CLICK HERE for our newest campaign), and the many friendly programmers from other film festivals who generously provided selection suggestions.