Imagine This Productions

(Inspired by Women Storytellers and Filmmakers)


Mission Statement: 

Imagine This Productions is dedicated to providing womxn storytellers and filmmakers a platform to encourage and develop creative projects by womxn. With Imagine This Women's International Film Festival and Girl Power Film + Media Summit, Imagine This aims to amplify and empower independent and aspiring womxn filmmakers from around the world. Imagine This goal is to support womxn by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities for BIPOC womxn and the LGBTQIA+ community while providing educational support and professional development, and serving as a resource information network.

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Patrice Francois 

Festival Director

Patrice Francois is the Festival Director of Imagine This her goal is to support womxn by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities for BIPOC womxn and the LGBTQIA+ community while encouraging professional and educational development, and serving as a resource information network.

Continuing with her mission, Patrice Francois launched Girl Power Film + Media Summit, an informative and inspirational event with discussions, panels, film screenings, and mixers that exemplify the power of womxn in the film industry. Patrice has recently curated Ladies Rocking the Lens, a film series celebrating the rising tide of strong female voices in local cinema. Her goal is to disrupt the status quo.

Susie Francois

Susie Francois

Development & Diversity Manager 

Susie Francois is the Development & Diversity Manager of Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, a Brooklyn-based film festival. Born in Haiti, her family came to the United States in the early 1970s during the regime of Papa Doc. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.


Her passion is to help develop people in ways that improve their working and personal lives and to promote cultural change. Along with her career passion and love for cinema and storytelling, she was inspired to create a platform that would provide opportunities to promote diverse filmmakers and storytellers and celebrate their work. She and her daughter, Patrice, launched Girl Power Film + Media Summit and Ladies Rocking the Lens to continue their support for womxn storytellers.

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Abigail Saathoff

Contributing Writer 

Abigail Saathoff is a rising junior at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in Strategic Public Relations with minors in Digital Journalism, Business Communication, and Marketing. When she isn’t studying or participating in student organizations she loves crafting, making jewelry, writing, and watching movies. Some of her favorite films include Greta Gerwigs’, “Little Women” and Jennifer Lee’s “Frozen 2”, and Brenda Chapman’s “Brave.


Mariely Crystal

Blogger & Content Creation Intern

Mariely Crystal is currently a college sophomore studying Filmmaking at Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture, and Design. Ever since Mariely was younger, she’s always felt at home while writing stories and acting them out, so it’s fitting that her goal is to one day become a successful screenwriter. Mariely’s biggest film inspirations are Ava DuVernay and John Hughes. When she’s not in school or working, Mariely loves listening to music and crafting and runs a small handmade jewelry store on Etsy in my spare time. Mariely loves traveling and taking photos of the places she visits, She’s currently trying to visit all fifty states, and once she’s done she plans on visiting all countries!

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Kyla Goodman

Social Media Intern

Kyla Goodman is a 19-year-old filmmaker and editor that is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree at Drexel University. She is majoring in Film & Television Production and is a DragonsTV (the athletic department's official video provider of live and pre-produced video) video assistant. And when she’s not shooting and editing B-roll for highlights used for Drexel’s athletic social media accounts, she likes to read sci-fi and watch anime. She looks up to Ava DuVernay as a filmmaker and Yana Gorskaya as an editor.

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Brandy Hernandez

Social Media Intern

Brandy Hernandez is currently majoring in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. Brandy is passionate about writing and film and plans on pursuing a career in the film industry. One of the most important things to Brandy is supporting and collaborating with other female and minority filmmakers because she strongly believes in uplifting underrepresented voices.

Alice Steffler

Alice Steffler

Graphic Design Intern

Alice Steffler is a Richmond-based designer who was originally from Northern Virginia. She has a knack and knowledge for coffee that is often central in her practice and a big love for line work. She is a Junior in the VCUarts Graphic Design department and pursuing a minor in Painting and Printmaking to further develop her practice and illustration skills.

She enjoys making work about sustainablilty and working on ways to make her own life more sustainable, for both the environment and herself.  She has also grown to lean into making work that involves humor after a wonderful experience in collaborative work about making mental health and trauma easier to talk about by incorporating humor. That experience also made her love collaborative work and the bouncing back and forth of ideas to create something innovative as an outcome.

When she’s not working, she likes making people smile by crafting coffee that hits the spot and designing an island that
complements her villagers in Animal Crossing.