Women Directors Are Making A Splash At PIFF 2019

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Some of the Talented Women Directors Making the PIFF 2019 Selection

When we reviewed the selection of films, which have made it into this years Provincetown’s International Film Festival (PIFF) 2019, we were excited to see so many great women directors on the list. We always look forward to this festival, which takes place on the furthest most tip of Massachusetts. Provincetown is a picturesque artisan seaside town, and offers EVERYONE the warmest of welcomes.

Additionally, actress and producer Jillian Bell (BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, SWORD OF TRUST) will receive the festival’s third annual “Next Wave Award,” which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Bell will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation and in support of her film BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, which will open the festival on Wednesday, June 12.

Jillian Bell, This Years Recipient of "Next Wave Award"

Here, we focus on just some of the great film’s, directed by women, you can expect to see at PIFF 2019, if you can make it to Provincetown (Ptown), come along and support these women in film. The festival runs from June 12 – June 16th, we know you will enjoy the Ptown all-inclusive vibes, as you soak up the creative culture on offer.


VITA & VIRGINIA – directed by Chanya Button

It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.


CLEMENCY – directed by Chinonye Chukwu

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

THE FAREWELL – directed by Lulu Wang

A Chinese family discover their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

GOOD POSTURE – directed by Dolly Wells

Set in current day Brooklyn, Good Posture is the gentle comedy story of a lazy but charming and beautiful young woman who has got used to using men to make her life easier, but after finally pushing one man too far, is forced to discover that she can live a happier life by taking responsibility for herself and not rely on those around her as easy props.

IMAGINARY ORDER – directed by Debra Eisenstadt

The sexual, psychological, and moral unraveling of an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.

SISTER AIMEE – directed by Samantha Buck, Marie Schlingmann

In 1926 America's most famous evangelist is a woman. And she's looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover's daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events. Mostly made up.

SPEED OF LIFE – directed by Liz Manashil

Storyline dealing with the late musician, David Bowie.

SWORD OF TRUST – directed by Lynn Shelton

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she's received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.


CIRCUS OF BOOKS – directed by Rachel Mason

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books.

HONEYLAND – directed by Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. This film is an exploration of an observational Indigenous visual narrative that deeply impacts our behavior towards natural resources and the human condition.


Moonlight Sonata is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata. Their lives weave a story about what we discover when we push beyond loss.

SEAHORSE – directed by Jeanie Finlay

Director Jeanie Finlay charts a transgender man's path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology.

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