Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 9:30 PM

Best Women Directors from our 21 Islands ISFF

Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

This July, BxFW collects best women directors from our 21 Islands International Short Film Fest:

  • THE SMELL OF THE SCENERY. Director: Hsing Ying Tseng. Taiwan. 17 min. There is a kind of visional road trip about four different lives. Such as four couples, four sceneries, and four stories. This film includes four different stories , but they were strangely connected by scents.
  • THE INVITATION. Director: Nicole Cuschieri. 2021. Malta. 11:04 min. A woman enters an art gallery and is captivated by all the characters in the paintings. But only one of them can set her free.
  • ITACA. Director: Francesca Giuffrida. 2018. Sardinia. 19:42 min. A young woman decides to return, after a long time, to a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea where she lived a great love story with a mysterious girl who haunts her dreams. By recalling the memories of the past and revisiting those places full of absence, she will have to overcome the pain that keeps her life suspended in limbo.
  • DRAGON RECIPES. Director: Maria Pavlou. 2019. Cyprus. 7:12 min. ‘Dragon Recipes’ is a sweet story about friendship and acceptance, for the whole family to enjoy. The protagonist, a young apprentice witch, idolizes a really scary, wicked witch from magazine clippings and posters. She dreams of becoming a grand witch like her icon and of having her own fierce, fire-breathing dragon. Spontaneous as she is, our little hero decides to create her own dragon, using an old recipe and magic spells. But the inexperienced witch will surely make mistakes; magic mistakes that will eventually get her a dragon, just not the one she had in mind.
  • THE WARIA OF JAVA. Director: Ana González. 2019. Indonesia. 13 min. Shinta Ratri is the founder of the world’s first and only Islamic school run by and for transgender women. Over a decade ago, Shinta opened Al-Fatah Pesantren in the Muslim city of Yogyakarta. Her goal: to offer fellow waria* the opportunity to discuss and practice their Islamic faith in a communal space. The waria community of Yogyakarta has been threatened by ultra-conservative groups.
  • SECOND RESPONDERS. Director: Julissa DelaCruz, Producer: Myrta Vida. 2021. NY. 9 min. SECOND RESPONDERS is a short documentary highlighting the experiences of four “second” responders employed at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, NY, where the first case of COVID-19 in NYC was diagnosed. While doctors and nurses are rightfully praised as heroes, the support staff at St. John’s –the Head of Security, a Janitor, a Logistician, and a Chaplain— must also bear witness to the untold ravages left in the wake of a worldwide pandemic.


Program presented in English and Spanish with subtitles.

9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez.


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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!

More About The Artists – Click To Open

FRANCESCA GIUFFRIDA, born and raised in Turin, graduated in 2019 in Film Direction at the Civica di Milano, she lives and works in Rome as a Casting assistant, a profession she came to study acting and directing, and she continues to carry on her personal projects as director.

MYRTA VIDA is a Producer for 3DMC, the production company responsible for the award-winning Independent Films TANGERINE, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, THE INFILTRATORS, and PREMATURE. Since 2010, she’s been a Story Consultant & Script Doctor for Independent Filmmakers all over the world. She’s also led writing & production workshops in both English & Spanish for a variety of groups, including her fellow veterans, at-risk youth, survivors of domestic violence, the elderly, & the LGBTQ+ community.

Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

Still frame THE SMELL OF THE SCENERY by Hsing Ying Tseng and trailer of DRAGON RECIPES by Maria Pavlou reproduced by courtesy of the directors.

Special thanks to our media broadcast partners at BronxNet Community Television.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our distinguished funders, visit

Event Details

  • Location

    Facebook Live
    67 Optimum
    2133 FIOS

  • Date & Time

    JULY 3, 2024
    9:30 PM Eastern

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    Hsing Ying Tseng
    Nicole Cuschieri
    Francesca Giuffrida
    Maria Pavlou
    Ana González
    Myrta Vida

    Sonyi Lopez