Vanessa Ionta Wright is a veteran to the Gallery WIHM event. She is a Co-Founder & Fest Director for the Women in Horror Film Festival & filmmaker.

What motivates you to do what you do?

An unstoppable drive to create!

Who is your favorite woman who does what you do?

Any woman who continues to persevere and create no matter the obstacles.

If you had one wish for women in your space in 2020, what would it be?


Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.

Don’t wait. If you want to create something, there will always be a million reasons why you can’t, but only one real thing preventing you from it…you. Push past all the self doubt and fear and just do it. I’ve seen so many people make excuses and try to justify why they couldn’t get their projects made. The other side of this is that there are a million solutions to every excuse, so go make your film already!

Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.

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What scares you?

A complete lack of control…and bugs. Probably because I can’t control them.

What projects do you have coming up?

I am directing a western short called Goldentooth in March which is part of a larger feature film called The Badge, The Gun & The Hangman’s Noose. The feature is set to begin production in 2021 and stars horror icons Thom Mathews, Robert Mukes, Vinny Guastaferro, Vincente DiSanti, Andrew Leighty and Anissa Matlock. I’ve gone cowgirl on everyone 😉

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