Claire Bruce, Fiona McIntyre and Carmen Irving runs Madcat
Travel Fiona McIntyre co-founded the Greyhope Bay project
In the first year, when MadCat received more than 200 submissions, she could review every one herself; now with more than 1,300 submissions, review committees handle much of that process.
Still, Ben-Dov, now 33, says if she'd known then what she knows now, she might have never started the MadCat film festival.
While you're in town, check out the MadCat
Women's International Film Festival (www.madcatfilmfestival.org), where a celebration of female directors from the silent era until now is offered alongside educational films from the '50s to the '70s and classic exploitation films.
If you missed it at last fall's San Franciscobased MadCat
Women's International Film Festival, there's still time to catch it on tour around the country this month.
AT THE MADCAT
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (wwwsomaglow.com/madcat) -- among the dozens of women's films is Kerry Laitala and Isabel Reichert's stunning The Escapades of Madame X, a celluloid exploration of early Hollywood cinema and the denial, exclusion, and subjugation of women.
Reviewed at MadCat
Women's Film Festival, San Francisco, Sept.
This year, MadCat will take place Tuesday nights in September at the El Rio Outdoor Cinema in San Francisco.
"The outdoor cinema is in line with MadCat being a very gritty, innovative festival," says Ben-Dov.
The panel of judges included Johan Madarasz, creative director at Madcats
; Marianne Hope, founder and manager of SeeMyCity; Yvonne Bouman, a freelance photographer and manager of Instagramers Holland; Herbert SchrE[micro]er, a renowned mobile photographer from The Netherlands; Dirk Bakker, an iPhoneographer and SeeMyCity member from Amsterdam; Jeroen Moor, an iPhoneographer and freelance photographer from Rotterdam, Holland; and Tim Hatton, an iPhoneographer from the UK.