Film festival to benefit Helpmate calls for works from local women

young woman in theater

Asheville Parks & Recreation will  celebrate Women’s History Month with a screening of short films at Tempie Avery Montford Community Center produced by local women from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. 


Interested filmmakers are encouraged to submit original works for consideration by Tuesday, March 1. Film screenings are open to the public, and representatives from Helpmate will accept donations at the event to benefit domestic violence services.


“This evening of film is a celebration of art and a platform for women to share their own stories,” according to Holly Alexander, Program Leader at Tempie Avery Montford Community Center. “We hope to include fictional narratives and nonfictional documentaries that focus on women’s empowerment.”


Interested filmmakers can apply online. Entries should have a runtime of 50 minutes or less. Ultimately, the selection committee plans to showcase 5-10 films based on their relationship to Women’s History Month or Helpmate’s mission. To be considered, films must be directed by and be about women.


About Asheville Parks & Recreation

Established in 1954, the Asheville Parks & Recreation Department manages a unique collection of more than 55 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 8 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.


Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better and safer place when everyone from infants to retirees has the opportunity to be supported, healthy, and successful, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States. For more information, visit


About Helpmate

Helpmate is a domestic violence agency working with our community to eliminate abuse and fear.  Funded by a combination of United Way contributions, government grants, and community donations, Helpmate serves approximately 3,500 people in Buncombe County each year. Free services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, crisis counseling, court advocacy, and community education.  Volunteer support is critical to helping the organization fulfill its mission. To request services, call Helpmate’s 24-hour hotline at 828-254-0516. To offer donations or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, call the business office at 828-254-2968.