Women in Film Fellowship
The Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation Women in Film Fellowship supports first-time female filmmakers in the spirit of independence, creativity and artistry. The Foundation’s mission of supporting women in film and other creative endeavors is a hallmark of Shawna’s brief life on earth. We encourage women with all levels of experience and with hopes and dreams of making a movie to apply.
The Women in Film Fellowship includes a monetary award and a year-long mentorship from a variety of professionals in the filmmaking and arts community, led by Skip Shea, a local award-winning writer, director and filmmaker and Shawna’s father. The awarded fellow is announced at the annual Shawna Shea Film Festival in October at the Starlite Gallery in Southbridge. The fellow’s completed movie will have its premiere screening the following year at the Shawna Shea Film Festival.
Erika Chick was the inaugural 2015 Women in Film Fellow. Her film "Red Dress" was screened at the 2016 SSFF. She has gone on to make more movies.
Christine Hunt was the 2016 Women in Film Fellow. Her film "Namaste" screened at SSFF2017.
Christine Celozzi is our 2019 Women in Film Fellow. We chose Christine because of her clear love of film and her goals of creating her own style and finding her voice as a filmmaker. She represents the very essence of what we are accomplishing in our programs and the reason why we established this Fellowship.
Alecia batson is the 2017 Women in Film fellow. Her first film "re|cord" premiered at SSFF2018 at the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts in Southbridge, opening the Experimental film block.
Erica Schlier is the 2018 Women in Film Fellow. "Woman Walking: Becca" is Erica's first foray into filmmaking takes subtle body language and instinctual reactions to show feminine perspectives of life within today’s society. Her film was shot entirely on an iPhone 8-Plus and preimieres at SSFF2019.
Erin McNulty, our 2020 Women in Film Fellow, has unique ideas around merging the arts of dance and film. She is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator. Her passion for dance film stems from an interest in visceral storytelling through movement, and how the body can be framed differently and more abstractly on screen as opposed to on the stage.