The project divAura, the nonprofit that funds the first ever Women’s Divas Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California, is getting the support of the Hollywood Reporter to build its second phase.
The Hollywood Reporter is launching a $250,000 contribution to help the organization get the $1.3 million needed to get the festival off the ground.
“We want to make sure that we are supporting this project that was a dream of the founder, and we want to support the women who have made this dream possible,” co-founder and director Jessica Fitts told the publication.
“This is something that we believe is important and we believe that it’s very much worth the investment to do.”
Fittes and her husband, Mark Fitt, the co-chair of the Women’s Entertainment Weekly board, are also behind the $200,000 that went toward the first Women’s Cinema Festival in 2012.
This year’s event, which is scheduled for May 16-18, is billed as the largest and most inclusive event of its kind in the country.
It’s also the first film festival to feature an all-female cast.
“There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a second festival in Santa Barbas,” Fitt said.
“It’s an opportunity for women to come together and do something that they feel passionate about.”
Follers, who grew up in the Bronx, said that in her view, the Womens Cinema Festival is the only one of its size that is focused on women.
“The first one, there was no women.
It was mostly men, so it’s a very diverse group, and the second one, the women are very diverse.
So I think it’s important to make this festival that is inclusive and not only women but women from all walks of life.”
The event will feature a number of films from different eras and directors, including two-time Oscar winner Jennifer Kent and two-times Oscar winner Natalie Portman.
In addition to Kent, Portman and Portman’s husband, Chris Rock, are expected to participate.
The project’s first-ever event, the 2016 Women’s Film Festival, was held at the Palms in San Diego.
For the second phase, the project will focus on the second edition of the festival, which will be held in August in Santa Monica, California.
The festival will also feature films from a wide variety of directors, from acclaimed directors like Peter Weir, Robert Zemeckis and Robert Zuiker, to lesser-known directors such as Ken Loach, Kevin Smith, Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, and James Cameron.
The event is slated to open to the public in early 2019, with the second year of the film festival opening in the fall of 2020.