Fem in Film Series

The Fem in Film series celebrates the roles of women in all aspects of film. From directing, writing, and editing, to wardrobe, make-up, and score, our series aims to showcase women in the film industry and educate on the ways their contributions have shaped Cinema.


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Ann Knerr

Ann Knerr is Chair of the ArtsQuest Cinema Committee and Juror for the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF). She served on ArtsQuest Performing Arts Board for 9 years, and currently on the SouthSide Film Festival Board, and photographer (13 years). She was an ArtsQuest Volunteer for 27 years, serving on both marketing and event committees. Ann served as ArtsQuest’s Female Filmmaker Festival programmer in 2019 and 2017 and has worked as a producer on Daniel Roebuck’s films Getting Grace, Lucky Louie, The Hail Mary under A Channel of Ann was also a producer on In This Moment, production manager for Control and line producer for a film currently in production. Ann worked for two years as program and event coordinator, and photographer since 2009 for the Big Apple Film Festival and worked in the film maker department for the Tribeca Film Festival from 2012 to 2018. She currently serves on the (FIFO) Fade In, Fade Out Board- a Lehigh Valley Film Making Consortium.

Parinda Patel

Parinda Patel is a Senior Marketing Advisor at Compass, a real estate technology company operating in over 22 regions across the United States. For 10 years as Managing Director of the Philadelphia Film Society, Parinda was focused on overseeing operations, media relations, sponsorship activation, and marketing for the organization, its art house film venues, annual 11-day Philadelphia Film Festival and seasonal events. In 2019, Parinda acted as the Director of Business Development for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO), promoting southeastern PA to the global film industry while advocating for film and media job creation through its positive impact on the local economy. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Parinda left the GPFO to take a 4-month contract position with HBO, instituting Covid Compliance operations to reopen television production in PA’s Delaware and Philadelphia counties. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple University (2007; B.A., Journalism, PR & Advertising), Parinda has provided her expertise in non-profit management and a commitment to the arts through many volunteer and consulting positions, currently serving as a Performing Arts Board Member of ArtsQuest’s Cinema Arts Committee.