Film Festivals

Director Foster Wilson discusses MADE PUBLIC and the Bentonville Film Festival with CW Arkansas by Foster Wilson

During the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, director Foster Wilson sat down with Ron Castro from the CW Arkansas to discuss her new short film, MADE PUBLIC, the film’s star, Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico), and how social media plays a prominent role in the film. Wilson also praises the festival for hosting panels that tackled, “in a positive way, the challenges of the industry right now and how we’re going to move forward from all angles: in front of the camera, behind the camera, the stories we’re telling…”

Click here or on the video player below to watch the full interview.

MADE PUBLIC earns Audience Award at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

Over the weekend, MADE PUBLIC was recognized with the prestigious Best Short by Audience award at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival, an annual week-long event co-founded by Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater.


 Bentonville’s 2019 award-winning films were honored at a closing night ceremony on Saturday, May 11. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson was in attendance to accept the award, sharing the stage with “Flight” filmmakers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald. “Thank you so much to Bentonville Film Festival,” a tearful Wilson said, “for not just talking about inclusion, but doing something about it. … Take action. Hire women. Hire diverse people. Tell everyone’s stories.

Read the full press release here.

MADE PUBLIC makes its international debut at the Vaughan Film Festival in Canada by Foster Wilson

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Days after screening in Arkansas at the Bentonville Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC is crossing the northern border for the Vaughan International Film Festival. One of just a handful of films selected from the United States, MADE PUBLIC screens as part of “Block 1” on the festival’s Opening Night on Monday, May 13th.

Join director Foster Wilson for the Vaughan Film Festival Awards Ceremony and Closing Night After Party on Thursday, May 16.

Director Foster Wilson speaks to KNWA News about screening "Made Public" at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

During the Bentonville Film Festival, director Foster Wilson sat down with local Arkansas station KNWA to discuss her short film Made Public, an official selection at the Bentonville Film Festival, and how she followed in the footsteps of her mentor, director Valerie Weiss.

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Read the full article here: Filmmakers speak about creative inspiration during BFF

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Deadline announces Short Film selections at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

On Wednesday, May 8th, announced the 4 episodics and 23 short films selected as part of the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, including Foster Wilson’s 14-minute short, MADE PUBLIC, starring Jeanine Mason and Josh Zuckerman.

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MADE PUBLIC screens on Saturday, May 11th, at 3:15PM in the Walmart Museum World Room as part of Shorts Competition 3. The Bentonville Film Festival Awards Ceremony follows the screening at 7PM at The Meteor. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson will be in attendance for the duration of the festival.

For more information, visit

Director Foster Wilson heads to Arkansas to screen MADE PUBLIC at 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

An official selection of the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC will screen on Saturday, May 11th, at 3:15 PM in the Walmart Museum World Room as part of Shorts Competition 3. Tickets available here.

About the Fest

Five years ago, Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival to facilitate actionable change toward balanced, diverse and inclusive media. BFF has grown to a year-long platform culminating with an annual six-day festival, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Over the years, BFF has taken the lead with festival initiatives like the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, 400 inclusive films, more than 60 impactful panels, and hundreds of powerful discussions on diversity in media.

Florida Film Festival invites director Foster Wilson to join 2019 Filmmaker Forum by Foster Wilson

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The 28th Florida Film Festival will host its annual Filmmaker Forum at the Enzian Theater on Friday, April 19th, at 11AM. The invited filmmakers and panelists include:

  • Foster Wilson | Made Public

  • Jerry Williams | Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary

  • Mia Tate | Campesino

  • Sara Zandieh | Simple Wedding

  • Tyler Falbo | Postal

The panel will be moderated by Sheena Fowler, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication for the Orlando Film Commission.

The forum is FREE and OPEN TO TO THE PUBLIC, so all are welcome to attend. More information can be found here:

The Rogue Valley Messenger reviews "Made Public" following 5 sold-out screenings at Ashland Film Festival by Foster Wilson

Following a positive reception and five sold-out screenings at the Ashland Film Festival, Phil Busse — publisher and editor of the Rogue Valley Messenger, specializing in culture in southern Oregon — penned a smart, spoiler-free review of the short film MADE PUBLIC.

“The movie is directed by Foster Wilson, and was written by her husband Brian Leahy—and showcases both of their talents: well-paced scenes that set up complex jokes, and strong comedic writing with a voice sashaying comfortably from glib to sincere.”

Read the complete review HERE.

Made Public earns 4 award nominations at 2019 Vaughan International Film Festival by Foster Wilson


The Vaughan International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada, held its annual Spring Launch on Tuesday, April 16, to announce their 2019 film award nominees. The USA short film MADE PUBLIC earned 4 nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Josh Zuckerman, a Best Actress nomination for Jeanine Mason, and a Best Director nod for Foster Wilson as well as a nomination for Best Film.

MADE PUBLIC kicks off the 2019 Vaughan International Film Festival on Monday, May 13, at 7PM at Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan. The 2019 Awards & Closing Night After-Party will take place on Thursday, May 16, at 6PM at the Terrace Banquet Centre.

For more information, visit the #VFF website at

Made Public joins the 49th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas by Foster Wilson

Delighted to find the 49th Annual USA Film Festival program line-up and a nod to MADE PUBLIC on Join us on April 26 as MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson shares the stage with host Stephen Tobolowsky and fellow filmmakers for a post-screening Q&A.

Advance tickets will be available via Ticketmaster beginning April 10th. To purchase tickets online, visit A complete schedule of all Festival events is available online at

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Foster Wilson to attend 49th Annual USA Film Festival screening of MADE PUBLIC by Foster Wilson

Now in its 49th year, the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, has selected MADE PUBLIC as one of 5 shorts in its Showcase Short Films program, screening on Friday, April 26th at 7:15PM at the Angelika Film Center. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson will be in attendance as #USAFF and host Stephen Tobolowsky present this special evening of absurd and sinister shorts.


Join USAFF friend and program host Stephen Tobolowsky as we salute the filmmakers of five absurd and dark-hearted short films featuring characters whose choices have unexpected outcomes including Chris Roe and Traci Lords with CEMETERY TALES: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS; Denise Crosby with Paul Sanchez’s AT THE FENCE; Eli Powers with HOLY MOSES starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski; Foster Wilson with MADE PUBLIC; and Lisa McFadden with THE ILL-TIMED ENLIGHTENMENT OF JASON VOORHEES. Filmmakers in attendance.

Download the 49th Annual USA Film Festival booklet here. Tickets go on sale April 10th. Visit the festival website for more details.

Made Public director Foster Wilson to join Filmmaker Forum panel at 2019 Florida Film Festival by Foster Wilson

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson has been selected as one of six 2019 Florida Film Festival directors to discuss their films and the trials and triumphs of the filmmaking process as part of the annual FILMMAKER FORUM, which takes place on Friday, April 19, following the April 18th screening of MADE PUBLIC.

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The Florida Film Festival hosts some of the most talented new independent filmmakers every year and always sets aside one day just to pick their brains. This lively and dynamic exchange of ideas and know-how inevitably defines a high point in the festival—peppered with tales of triumph, challenge, and creative methods. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done. Moderated by Sheena Fowler, Senior Director – Marketing and Communication for the Orlando Film Commission.

Friday, April 19
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Enzian Theater


MADE PUBLIC garners a "gutbuster" review in advance of POW Film Fest in Portland by Foster Wilson

Elinor Jones, gossip columnist and film critic at the Portland Mercury, had an opportunity to see an advance screening of the POW Film Fest Comedy Shorts Program and penned the following review:

2019's POW Film Fest Offers Shorts, Docs, and More from Non-Dude Filmmakers

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Head to the POW Film Fest at the Clinton Street Theatre on Thursday, March 28th, to cringe and LOL and bust a gut with a selection of female-driven, female-directed, comedic short films.

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MADE PUBLIC reviewed at Cinequest Film Festival 2019 by “Fanboy Planet” by Foster Wilson

When we learned that MADE PUBLIC would hold its World Premiere at Cinequest 2019 in San Jose, California, a city at the heart of Silicon Valley, we were hopeful that the film would strike a chord with the tech industry. So, were thrilled to read the following review from Derek McCaw at FANBOY PLANET:

Cinequest 2019: “Made Public”

“Made Public tackles a pretty serious issue about communication. Yet it stays light and clever. Inspired by a wedding in which every decision was made via social media, writer Brian Leahy and director Foster Wilson don’t waste a moment, uncovering the perils of social media, including that awkward moment when you realize you have several online friends that you have no idea who they are.”

“Though the narrative stays contained in a church building, Wilson finds interesting places to set scenes, making the short feel expansive. From her work here, it’s clear she’s ready for more as a director.”

MADE PUBLIC kicks off its festival run at Cinequest 2019 by Foster Wilson

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson is en route to San Jose for our World Premiere at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival 2019, the official start to the MADE PUBLIC festival run. Thinking of attending Cinequest? You can spot Foster in this can’t-miss hat.

Keep a tab on MADE PUBLIC and Something Wilde Productions via our Screening Schedule, and we’ll be sure to announce when the film is released online. See you in San Jose!

Hat design by Something Wilde Productions. Embroidery by Print Renegades.

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