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creating businesses, filmmaker, connector and catalyst
Paige Williams is a serial filmmaker who founded Audience Awards in 2013 to bring the film festival experience online. As Founder and CEO, Erica built and operates a turnkey video marketplace network that crowdsources high-quality authentic video at scale for brands while building their audience with data and lead generation. Audience Awards crowdsources quality video from 67K global filmmakers through turnkey video contests providing video content earned social, data, and lead generation for brands. The platform boasts 250K community members and 10K films on platform.
Previously, Paige was an award-winning documentary filmmaker 10 years ago, I made a documentary called From Place to Place that reformed child welfare on a national level. The main character, Mandy, was referred to as “The Godmother of Child Welfare reform” by the bill’s author, Becky Shipp. Williams’ first feature documentary “Mississippi Queen” screened in over 100 film festivals, was distributed on Sundance Networks and won several Audience Awards.
Paige is a Board Director for the Montana High Tech Alliance, mentors female entrepreneurs, and loves providing opportunities to diverse communities and storytellers.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
Paige Williams began her career as a documentary filmmaker. Her first film was about her experience as a Southern gay woman, her parent’s ex-gay ministry, and their relationship. How do you love family when everyone fundamentally disagrees?
The film traveled to over 50 film festivals and Paige was moved by festivals’ support and the obvious impact that the film had on the audience. Her experience showed that film festivals provide an important platform to change people’s hearts and minds.
So she knows firsthand that one film can change a 1000 minds.
She founded Audience Awards in 2013 on the belief that connecting filmmakers to opportunities creates change in the world. It is a video marketing platform that connects filmmakers, brands, and audiences.
What motivates and inspires you?
Good stories that inspire change & providing opportunities to elevate those stories
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
A group of women you wouldn’t know by name. And I hope you too are surrounded by a group who make life richer and support you.
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
I love music, podcasts and books. Newest podcasts that have me hooked: Making Beyoncé and Dolly Parton’s America;
Record I can’t stop listening to:
KIWANUKA; Book I just read in one sitting:
How do you reboot?
Time alone and hiking
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
Parenting Jack, 11, and Bennie, 8
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Creating a tech company for filmmakers instead of continuing to make films
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
Connecting people in a way that makes a difference in their lives
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
No one can stop you except yourself