Debra Zimmermann (US)
Executive Director
Women Make Movies

Debra Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a NY non-profit social enterprise that has been supporting women filmmakers with distribution and production assistance of their independent films since 1972.

During her 35 year tenure, it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. For 16 years films and filmmakers from WMM’s programs have won or been nominated for Academy Awards, including Citizen Four, Saving Face, Strong Island and this year’s Free Solo. Zimmerman Is in Great Demand Around the World as A Speaker, Panelist and Mentor and Is Considered an Expert in Documentary Film Financing and Marketing. She Has Been on The Juries of Films Festivals Around the World Including IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Cartagena International Film Festival. She recently gave workshops and mentored filmmakers at Doc Lab in Krakow, E-Docs in Ecuador, and Docs Lisboa in Portugal. She is the author of “Film as Activism” chapter in the Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender textbook and has taught at Rutgers University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including NY Women in Film and Television’s Changemaker Award and Hot Doc’s Doc Mogul Award, given to those who have made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her home country and abroad.