Spotlight on Shorts Challenge Contender: Jess Jacklin

AnnapolisFilmFestival Blog

By Leslie Dolsak

Six Finalists will duke it out in front of a live panel of industry judges and a voting audience at the Annapolis Film Festival’s First Shorts Challenge: Pitch Contest. The winner receives a $30,000 in-kind production package to produce their short film which will premiere at the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival.

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Here’s an interview with Shorts Finalist Jess Jacklin with “Woman”

Annapolis Film Festival (AFF): Are you a new filmmaker or evolving?
Jess Jacklin: I have had 1 short film on the festival circuit, called “WATERMAN.” It will be showing at the AFF this year.

AFF: What is your background in film?
Jess Jacklin: I started out in NYC in advertising as a producer and now I direct full-time freelance. I work in branded short film content and also do documentary work. “WATERMAN” (short film) will show on Maryland Public Television as part of the Storyline series next month and the feature film is currently in production.

AFF: How did you hear about this Shorts Challenge?
Jess Jacklin: I received an email from the festival.

AFF: How did you come up with your idea?
Jess Jacklin: My film is very personal to me. It is about a female reproductive illness called endometriosis that I have had for many years. 1 in 10 women have endometriosis yet it takes an average of 10 years for most women to get diagnosed. It needs more attention and I hope my film can help raise awareness.

AFF: How are you preparing to WIN this?
Jess Jacklin: I hope to tell my story as best I can and cross my fingers the judges can feel the importance of the subject matter.

AFF: How will winning this change your life?
Jess Jacklin: This illness affects many women and I hope I can give it a voice.