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Emmy? Oscar? Nope a  “Gutsy Gal Award” -- That’s right, we’ve created a Gutsy Gal FILM Award!  Tired of watching women including myself having to fund, write, direct and then market their films to audiences single-handedly, I decided to give women recognition and attention by creating the Gutsy Gal FILM Award.

In 2014 my company, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me®, called on women filmmakers to submit their films for the award. If Hollywood wouldn’t let us in or acknowledge our work then let it be my mission to honor and be inspired by these “gutsy” filmmakers. If we at Gutsy Gals can support women filmmakers, and make enough noise to help them, then let’s do it.

We are 52% of the film watching audience.

I had not even considered that I was “on a mission” until I met Geena Davis in 2008 at her first conference on Gender Equity in Film (both on set and in films). I was beginning the journey of making my first film and she was explaining how the odds were against us. She was confronting the studios with her own mission to get more women on sets and in films.  Little did I know that today, seven years later, the nearly impossible odds women writers and directors of films face in Hollywood would finally be at the forefront of media awareness (see NYT Article on Women Fighting for Better Opportunity in Hollywood.  It is gratifying to know that Geena Davis’s determination (along with that of her business partner Madeline Di Nonno) grows stronger and stronger everyday.

On March 21st 2015 Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® will be honoring women writers and directors of films in the creative community of Great Barrington, MA. Working in partnership with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, we’ll hold our first Gutsy Gals Inspire Me FILM award ceremony.  And while Angelina Jolie and Ava DuVernay may currently be household names, one day a Gutsy Gal Film Award Winner like grand prize winner Cathryn Michon of Muffin Top, Heather Taylor of Breaking Through the Clouds, or Naomi McDougall Jones of Imagine I’m Beautiful may get a shot at an Oscar!!!

-- Deborah Hutchison, President, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me


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Beginning in March 2014 with the Santa Barbara Women's Festival and wrapping up in November with both the announcement of the Gutsy Gals Film Award Winners as well as a Gala Celebration in Palm Beach, President Deborah Hutchison was kept busy speaking at Award Ceremonies around the country on behalf of an amazing gallery of women. Hutchison (second from left) presented Eva Hill (far right) with the Gutsy Gal Award. Hill is President and CEO of Britannia Pacific Properties and was being honored at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala organized by Randi Emerman of the PBIFF (second from right). Eva's sister, Mary Hyatt (far left) joined in the toast.

For more photos and a look back at 2014 .... click here ....

Is there a fearless female in your business or organization worthy of a Gutsy Gal Award? Reward those women who are innovators and show exemplary integrity and courage by honoring them with a Gutsy Gal Award! For more information, email us at awards@gutsygalsinspireme.com

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For Immediate Release: 

Great Barrington MA, December 10, 2014


Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® will be presenting the first annual Gutsy Gal Film Award on March 21, 2015 at the McConnell Theater at Bard College, Simon's Rock, in the Berkshires. Renowned actress Karen Allen will be joined by Deborah Hutchison of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me to celebrate an inspiring group of women filmmakers. Allen, an honorary Gutsy Gal Award Winner, will present the awards to the winning writers and directors of the Gutsy Gal Film Award. The highlight of the evening will be a screening of the Grand Prize Winning Film Muffin Top, A Love Story, a feature film comedy that challenges Hollywood's notions of women and body image. Attendees will have the chance to meet filmmaker Cathryn Michon, writer and director of Muffin Top, as well as many of the other intrepid, gutsy, award winning women filmmakers.

On Sunday March 22, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me will host a screening at the Triplex Theater in downtown Great Barrington of the film Breaking Through the Clouds, winner of the Gutsy Gals Film Award for a feature length documentary. Film writer and director Heather Taylor will join in conversation with Deborah Hutchison and Kelley Vickerey of the Berkshire International Film Festival about the making of the film, and the challenges faced by women writers and directors of films.

The weekend of Gutsy Gal Film Award events will be held in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, which runs through the month of March.

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Cathryn Michon Awarded Grand Prize of the

2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards for Muffin Top: A Love Story


PALM BEACH, Florida (November 6, 2014) Cathryn Michon, the writer and director of Muffin Top: A Love Story, has been chosen the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards.


The award will be presented in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers on March 21-22, 2015, at Bard College/Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Michon’s award is one of 11 total awards presented by Gutsy Gals Inspire Me®, a multimedia company that inspires women and girls across the globe to be healthy risk takers, courageous, and drive their own destinies.

Muffin Top is an honest and hilarious examination of a topic that Hollywood generally ignores: real women's honest insecurities about their own bodies. Because of this fearless and truly entertaining film, and for being an authentic comedic voice about the lives of women everywhere, we are honored to present writer/director Cathryn Michon with this award,” said Deborah Hutchison, founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me.

According to a New York Times article (ArtBeat, March 11, 2014) only fifteen percent of Hollywood movies have women in lead roles, and the Huffington Post notes (April 20, 2013) that only five percent of films are directed by women.  Gutsy Gals Inspire Me hopes to help bring the successful females in the film industry into the spotlight and inspire even more to follow their lead through their film awards.

“I care so much about telling authentic women’s stories, I put my fat on a movie poster. [Muffin Top] is a story about a normal woman with normal insecurities, the kind of woman mainstream showbiz likes to pretend doesn’t exist,” said Cathryn Michon. “I am particularly proud that this film is the first to have an all female sound team in romantic comedy history: a team of women soundtrack score artists, women composers and women performers.”

 Writers and directors were called to submit their nominations for the 2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards on the Gutsy Gal’s Facebook page, and the call for entries received the support of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The winners were chosen by a panel of jurists from across the country.

 Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® is a multi media company that inspires women and girls across the globe to be healthy risk takers, courageous in their actions, and drive their own destinies. Through an award program, an educational film venture, and online products, Gutsy Gals recognizes and promotes inspirational female role models by telling their stories. For more information, visit gutsygalsinspireme.com or Facebook @gutsygalsinspireme.



Christina Holbrook, VP Sales & Marketing

Gutsy Gals Inspire Me®


Mobile: 917-520-3834

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