Dinner With Dames

Dinner With Dames


Dinner with Dames was our highly successful program which invited Hollywood VIPs to tackle the gender diversity issue by sitting down for dinner with up-and-coming female writers, directors, producers and other skilled department heads

Mentors had the opportunity to provide direct but brief guidance, including a half hour follow up coffee with one woman. It was a special opportunity to connect studio executives, agents, attorneys, directors, producers, and other industry players with independent women filmmakers.  The goal was learning more about each other’s work and encouraging leaders to consider more female candidates next time they’re hiring.

Who: One film industry leader & 7-8 women. 

What: A casual discussion on issues facing women & ways to excel in their careers over dinner & drinks.

Where: A moveable feast.

Why: Propel women to bigger & better career opportunities within studios & networks.

When: Once a month.


Leaders so far include:

Paul Feig (Director: Ghostbusters, Spy)

Simon Barrett (Writer: The Guest, You're Next)

Zoe Bell (Stunt Double, Camino, The Hateful Eight)

Lawrence Kopeikin (Entertainment Attorney)

David Boxerbaum (Paradigm Executive)

Dean Cundey (Director of Photography, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future) 

Morgan Long (Requiem Entertainment)

Elvia Van Es (VP, Development at TLC), and Byron Willinger (The Commuter). 


Watch our Dinner With Dames video series with recaps of each dinner.


Read about one of our events on Entertainment Tonight!
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Feig Mentors Female Filmmakers at 'Dinner With Dames' Event


Dinner With Dames ran from 2017-2019 and was the brainchild of Jenna Payne, a sponsored filmmaker of Cinefemme.







October 5: Dinner #1, With Simon Barrett

October 20: Dinner #2, With Jessica Sharzer

December 1: Dinner #3, With Elvia Van Es

January 17: Dinner #4, With Dean Cundey

February 8: Dinner #5, With Morgan Long

February 24: Dinner #6, With David Boxerbaum

March 30: Dinner #7, With Zoƫ Bell

March 21: Dinner #8, With Paul Feig

June 7: Dinner #9, With Lawrence Kopeikin

August 30: Dinner #10, With Byron Willinger

September 27: Dinner #11, with Rachel Shane

October 18: Dinner #12, With Osnat Shurer

December 13: Dinner #13, With VJ Boyd

February 18: Dinner #14, With Kimberley Browning

March 11: Dinner #15, With Dave Andron

May 23: Dinner #16, With Peter Van Steemburg

August 15: Dinner #17, With Tammy Wood

August 20: Dinner #18, With Erica Lee and Esther Hornstein