Our mission is to champion inclusion in all forms of media, but we don’t stop there. BFF’s vision is balanced representation in every area of life: business, leadership, sports and more! These Competition Narrative and Competition Documentary films highlight the intersection of film and music and showcase some leading female musicians that light up the silver screen; some on the search for fame and others search for balance between their success and personal life. From gospel, to country, to pop-rock — get ready to sing along with the powerful women in music at BFF 2019.
Director: Diane Paragas
Rose, an undocumented 17-year-old Filipina, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky-tonk world of Austin, Texas.
Starring Broadway’s Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada, this is a country music tale you’ve never seen before, and don’t want to miss.
Director: Danny Green
The Black Gospel Musical Fantasy, Revival! is a thoroughly innovative celebration of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through faith, film, and theater. A Gospel musical based on the poetic Book of John, Revival! is a letter from Jesus to a troubled and ever-contemporary world.
Our journey begins with a live Passion Play in a contemporary metropolis and expands from there into a world of vibrant image and immersive sound. Revival! Is an authentic expression of Black Faith in form and intention. It is also a unique way to re-imagine a renewal of the everlasting and joyous creative spirit of the black church experience! We all know this story, but we’ve never seen it, heard it or felt it like this.
Director: Tom Harper
Wild Rose, a British comedy-drama, tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children.
Rose-Lynn, played by Jessie Buckley, expresses the nature of how going out on your own to find your dreams has a tricky balance with the life aligned at home.
Director Tom Harper and screenwriter Nicole Taylor have fashioned something entirely delightful about finding fame in the country music capital, Nashville.
Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl
Director: Amy Goldstein
At the age of 18, Kate Nash reached the stratosphere of pop music, vaulting from a working-class family in North London into worldwide tours, a platinum record, and a season dominating the music charts. She becomes the soundtrack to many young women’s lives by broaching the ordinary of female teenagehood that others deem too petty or insignificant to merit recording. From the onset she is unafraid to speak her mind; when asked how it feels to win Best Female Artist at the BRIT Awards, Kate answers “female is not a genre.”
A few years later, Kate is breaking down, nearly homeless. Defrauded by her manager and dropped by an industry that cannot find a place for her in the girl-pop machine, Kate sets out to build a better world, dedicated to the artist as creator, not a commodity.
From pop wonder to riot grrrl to women’s rights avatar, Kate’s journey is an inspiring call to the creative heart in all of us: be fearless. This high-energy, female-centered rock odyssey is a celebration of artists that care more about a beauty that breaks hearts, than a product that fills wallets. And it asks the audience: how much longer will the true artists survive?