Filmmakers Tell Inspiring Stories of Womanhood and Community for Starz's Short Film Competition

Power Women Summit 2021: The directors of five short films, on topics ranging from teenage romance to surviving cancer, chat about their creative inspiration

Einar Soler Fernandez summarized the overall enthusiasm for storytelling about women while describing “The Weight of It,” which was partly inspired by her grandmother. “She had breast cancer twice and had to have a mastectomy,” she said. “In order to get a new, fake, silicone boob for her, it was very hard for her to adjust. But we reflected on [my grandmother] as this strong, independent, confident woman, despite all the things she’d been through.”

Sharon Waxman,founder and Editor in Chief of TheWrap, reflected on the diverse and impressive work of the short film lineup in the competition.

“The quality and originality of this year’s slate of “Telling Our Stories” submissions were unparalleled in terms of diversity, originality and impact,” Waxman said. “Once again, we’re honored to partner with Starz to spotlight the incredibly honest and brave work of Olivia Marie Valdez, Einar Soler Fernandez, Sandra Afonso Rodriguez and are excited to see what’s next for these talented filmmakers, as well as our other finalists.”

You can watch trailers for all the short films, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, by clicking here.

The Power Women Summit is the largest annual gathering of the most influential women in entertainment, media and technology. The event aims to inspire and empower women across the landscape of their professional careers and personal lives. This year’s PWS provided three days of education, mentorship, workshops and networking around the globe – to promote this year’s theme, “Represent.”

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