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In an industry that is dominated by men, it’s important that women come together to empower and support one another. Thus became FFI, the Female Filmmaker's Initiative at Kent State University. The organization first formed in the Fall of 2019, driven by the lack of women representation in Kent State’s Digital Media Production Program. With the help of an award-winning filmmaker and Kent State professor, Dana White, FFI took its first steps at building a strong community of passionate female artists. 


Through FFI, female students are able to explore their artistic skills by having the opportunity to create their own short films and projects. This will provide hands-on experience and cultivate relationships that serve to be beneficial in the professional space. 


The Female Filmmaker’s Initiative gives women a voice.


Our stories matter. 


The Female Filmmaker's Initiative strives to build a supportive community of strong female filmmakers.

Our Mission

Juliana Butchko 

Juliana Butchko is a Senior Digital Media Production student. She found her love for storytelling as a young child when she would create short skits for her friends and family to watch. Later, she took a high school course that gave her the ability to tell a story through the lens of a camera. Her favorite films to sit on a couch and eat popcorn too are Donnie Darko and Titanic. She has been FFI’s Screenwriter for the past year and hopes to make Screenwriting her career choice.


Ailene Joven

Ailene Joven is a Senior Digital Media Production student. From a young age, she always strived for ways to be artistic which eventually found its way to the camera her 3rd year of high school. Currently, she freelances as a photographer and videographer when time allows and can always sit down for a good Coen brother film. Ailene hopes to take her skills into the professional world as a cinematographer.



Shelby Rabideaux

Shelby Rabideaux is a senior Digital Media Production student. She found her love for storytelling when she traveled the world during study abroad in Florence, Italy. Shelby was formerly a Fashion Merchandising major but realized that she wants to tell stories. She realized during her time abroad there are millions of stories to tell and would love to write characters people can fall in love with. You can find Shelby watching Romcoms, Thrillers, or her head in a book. In the future Shelby hopes she can bring to life some of her favorite characters and create new ones.



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Genna DiPippo

Genna DiPippo is a senior DMP major. She is a big supporter of the female movement and loves seeing female representation in the film industry. She is a videographer for IdeaBase studios where she does a lot of client based work and also has her own small videography business “Photovid By Genna”. She is extremely excited to be working with an amazing group of women to create something beautiful!

Olivia VanSickle


Olivia VanSickle is a sophomore Digital Media Production student. She has always loved stories of all kinds, including movies, books, television shows, animation, and even video games. She also loves being able to tell these stories through writing and acting, participating in her high school’s drama club and theatre seminar during high school. Her favorite movies include The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, and Logan Lucky. Olivia hopes to one day share her stories with the world by pursuing a career in writing.


Alexandria Thompson

Alexandria Thompson is a Sophomore Digital Media Production student with a minor in French. She realized that she wanted to pursue a career in the film industry when she started making home videos and mock commercials during elementary school. Since then, she has created video content for A Magazine and is currently interning with Cleveland-based production company Fashion Talks. Her favorite movies are Marie Antoinette, Before Sunrise, and Clueless. She hopes to be able to create stories catered that uplift and celebrate women of color.

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