Farsad tops women filmmakers competition

Winners to receive cash, have their shorts screened

Negin Farsad of New York has taken top honors in the 2008 Every Woman's Filmmaker Competition, sponsored by Lifetime Movie Network, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Women in Film and Television, the Paley Center for Media, WMA and Women in Film Los Angeles.

Farsad's three-minute short centers on a nonprofit company headed by Jessamyn Waldman, who hired immigrant women to bake bread from their native recipes to sell on the competitive market.

Melissa Kosar of Orange County, Calif., was awarded second place. Honorable mentions went to Nicole Nietz, Elizabeth Thompson and Kiara Jones.

The winning short films are available to view online and also will air on LMN. Farsad and Kosar will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, and their films will premiere Saturday at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The winners also will receive a trip to the The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast on Dec. 5.

The judges included Karen Arikian, Anne Chaisson, Debra Martin Chase, THR editor Elizabeth Guider, Jane Fleming, Gale Anne Hurd, Nina Jacobson, Terry Lawler, Penny Marshall, Pat Mitchell, Gayle Nachlis, Harriet Novet and Rosie Perez.