Alliance of Women Film Journalists names Debra Zimmerman “Ambassador of Women’s Films” at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Just sharing some news of stuff I was involved in at Sheffield Doc/Fest…

Alliance of Women Film Journalists names Debra Zimmerman “Ambassador of Women’s Films” at Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 16, 2012 (Sheffield, UK) – On Friday evening, June 15th, at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists conferred a special AWFJ EDA Award, “Amabassador of Women’s Films” to Debra Zimmerman, long-time Executive Director of New York-based Women Make Movies. The award was presented by AWFJ President Jennifer Merin, along with Heather Croall, Director of Doc/Fest.

Merin explained, “Since she took the helm of Women Make Movies in 1983, Debra Zimmerman has been a superbly effective advocate for women filmmakers, helping hundreds of them to make and distribute movies. She is a sought after speaker, and has mentored and inspired women across the globe. So, it is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Women Filmmakers confers on Debra Zimmerman the title of Ambassador of Women’s Films.”

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Awards recognize the amazing work done by and about women–both in front and behind the camera. On Sunday, June 17, the AWFJ will present a juried EDA Award for the Best Female-Directed Film at the 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), a not-for-profit corporation, is an association of professional female movie critics, reporters, and feature writers working in print, broadcast, and online media. AWFJ is dedicated to raising awareness about women’s
perspectives on film and to supporting work by and about women — both in front of and behind the cameras — through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs, and by presenting the annual EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. For more information, please visit

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premiere documentary and digital media festival. It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions. Highlights of the film programme are honoured with an award programme including the Sheffield Special Jury, Innovation, Green, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc and Audience. For more information, see

From art houses to festivals to broadcasts, Women Make Movies is the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women. Since 1973, WMM has brought audiences critically-acclaimed, award-wnning and innovative films by women directors, tackling global, national and local issues that affect us all. For five years in a row, a film from Women Make Movies has won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including 2011’s PARIAH; for the fifth time in six years, a WMM film has been nominated or won an Academy Award, including this year’s SUN COME UP. For more info, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Debra Zimmerman (R) is presented with the special AWFJ EDA Award, “Ambassador For Women’s Films,” by AWFJ President Jennifer Merin (Center) and Sheffield Doc/Fest Director Heather Croall (L). Please credit: Nynka Wierda for Doc/Fest.

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