This year's Vail Film Festival kicks off March 30th, but there's already a buzz surrounding this year's festival due to both the films set screen during the four-day event, and this year's theme -- a celebration of women in film. What does it mean to have an entire film festival celebrating women filmmakers? "People kept asking us if it's political, and it's not political," says Colorado Film Institute board member Sean Cross, "We just felt like it was time to put a focus on great films made by women." And the women represented at this year's festival agree. "The film industry has been slow to catch up," says producer Katie Mustard, who has three films in this year's festival, "But there's this continued explosion of female voices, and coming to a place like Vail I feel like I can encourage other women to pursue being in the media industry."
Being a part of the industry comes in various forms, and all of the films at this year's festival showcase some outstanding selections that offer exceptional roles for leading actresses, or challenge the perception of films put forth by female directors, producers, and screenwriters. And while any of the films are worthy of a ticket purchase, we spoke with five female filmmakers who will be in attendance -- and showcasing their work -- at this year's festival for some insight on their films, this year's festival, and what it's like being a leading lady in the industry.