Welcome to the WIFTI Summit 2023!

Welcome to the WIFTI Summit 2023!

wifti summit 2023

Welcome to the WIFTI Summit 2023!

We look forward to a weekend of creative exchange, WIF LA’s 50-year anniversary celebration, and the awarding of the WIFTI Peace Prize. Check out our program below. The events on Saturday and Sunday will be live-streamed on the WIFTI Youtube Channel.



Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) gathers participants from six continents, 40 member associations, to share ideas, working methods and solutions for the future of an equal audiovisual industry. The event opens a view to the global landscape of women in film, television and media, giving members a chance and means to learn from and support each other.

Venue: HANAHOLMEN Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and Hotel

Live-Stream on Saturday and Sunday on the WIFTI Youtube Channel

More regular updates to the programme will also be posted on the WIFT Finland homepage.





FRIDAY 22nd September

no stream

16.00 – 17.30 Hotel Marski
Finnish Film Affair Closing Cocktails
for WIFTI Helsinki Summit guests by registration

17.45-18.45 Hanaholmen, meeting room Blixtlås
General Assembly for WIFTI members

19.00-21.00 Hanaholmen, restaurant
Informal Welcome Dinner


SATURDAY 23rd September

All events at Hanaholmen Cultural Center. All events from the mainhall will be live-streamed.

10.00 Opening
Welcome by Hanaholmen Cultural Center, WIFT Finland and WIFT International



10.05 Who is who: Members’ presentation round conducted by Helene Granqvist

11.00 Gender Equality Catch-up
Professor Lisa French (Australia)
Dr Eva Flicker (Austria)
Dr Susan Liddy (Ireland)
Dr Greta Gober (Poland
Dr Tarja Savolainen (Finland)
Moderated by Dr Susan Liddy



12.00 We Are The Change
How has the emergence of women and underrepresented minorities changed the media, the industry and art forms, and what does it mean? With director Katja Gauriloff, Skolt Sámi, Finland; director Fawzia Mirza, US/Canada, and editor Theo Lindberg, Sweden

12.45-14.30 ROUND TABLE LUNCH with topics!
online: click the headline for the topics



14.30 Planning Crucial Tracks when the Train is Running Fast 
For years scientists tried to deepen the discussion about the impact of AI on our societies. Physicists urged philosophers to analyse the ethics and power structures of the upcoming paradigm shift. Then a chatbot demo went viral in late 2022, and in 2023 the discussion exploded. Today we are offered multiple horror scenarios side by side with creative and scientific new possibilities and our audio-visual industry is rightfully debating biased AI, rights issues, and artistic principles. 

With Liselott Forsman, Nordic Film & TV Fond. 10+10

14.50 The Bigger Picture by WIFT Denmark
The campaign A Bigger Picture/Et Større Billede aims to improve the representation of minoritized people in Danish film and TV.

With Laura Allen Muller, WIFT Denmark

15.05 Reframe initiative by WIF LA and Sundance
ReFrame designs and leads systemic change programs in Hollywood in partnership with key industry leaders and companies. ReFrame ReSource is an online hub of culture change tools and best practices created in collaboration with 50+ diversity advocacy organizations, on topics ranging from equity in development, to production, hiring, and audience development.

With Andria Wilson Mirza

15.25 The Equality Tool for AV-industry by WIFT Finland
The digital tool helps those working in the industry to take concrete actions to improve equality and to comply with the legislation and/or do a production specific equality plan. The tool is to facilitate the planning of TV and film content, employment relations and workplace safety from an equality perspective.

With Eeva-Sofia Anttonen

15.40 Comments 5’:
Brigitte Monneau, Canada, on Woman as a specialist-tool and the Parity radar (on-line, on screen)

Domizia De Rosa, Italy, on Rules for Ethical Behavior in the Audiovisual Field Sector

Alejandra FC Zarazua, Sweden, on WIFT Tech

Session moderator and closing comments: Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies, NY / USA

16.15 COFFEE



16.45 WIF Los Angeles@50
WIF CEO Kirsten Schaffer will share stories of how this community was built, what change looks like now and what’s next for WIF and the movement.

17.15 – 19.30 Group meetings, sauna, naps


Speeches and dance! Hosted by WIF LA

THE WIFTI PEACE PRIZE presented by Helene Granqvist

DJ Bätmän!


SUNDAY 24th September


Good morning with Voices from the Indigenous North

10.00 Planetal crisis recalibrating telling– how to relearn to communicate with the land – with Pauliina Feodoroff

10.10 Borderless Futures– with Anne-Lajla Utsi, Managing Director of the International Sámi Film Institute

10.20 People, Places and Power
A discussion on leadership and economic equity in the European media and entertainment context.

With filmmaker Victoria Thomas, UK, and producer Grace Maharaj, WIFT Sweden

10.40 WIFTI: In search of inclusivity – Spotlight on age.
Dr Deborah Jermyn – UK
Dr Susan Liddy – Ireland
Professor Bernadette Luciano – Italy/New Zealand
Moderator: Dr Susan Liddy

10.15 Change of Rooms

11.40 PARALLEL SESSIONS in break out rooms on:

●      How to run a successful chapter – WIF LA and WFTV UK – how to support smaller chapters (guidelines, advice, shoulders)
●      Gender inclusive language and chapter names – how are chapters changing their names and or descriptions of their work to be more inclusive of underrepresented genders including non-binary and transgender members? – Andria Wilson Mirza
●      Benchmarking programs: mentoring, upskilling, advocacy – TBC
●      Sustainability – Helene Granqvist
●      Experiences on Ageism and How to overcome it – TBC
●      The Imperative and the Impossibility of Managing Diversity: Lessons from an international research project on Managing Newsroom Diversity for advancing social inclusion in the media. – Greta Gabor
●      Global Guilds and Peer Groups – what would they be good for? – Marjaana Mykkänen

Choose your session at the Info on location.

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH – continuing topics of the morning



13.30  Culture Wars
Right-wing governments around the world are using culture (including film, TV and media) as a means to move forward repressive agendas. As filmmakers and storytellers how do we work together to put an end to the policies and practices that are reversing decades of work toward equality?

With Domizia De Rosa, Italy, Elina Knihtilä, Finland, Norma Jean Straw, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundatin, USA, Kirsten Schaffer, WIF LA

14.15 Bollywood, Nollywood, Hollywood
The three largest film and television producing regions in the world together generate over $644.2  billion dollars and capture 5.6 billion viewers. How well are each of these industries serving women and underrepresented genders? What best practices can each region share with each other and the international community?

With Guneet Monga Kapoor, India, Fawzia Mirza, US/Canada, Victoria Thomas, UK

14.45 COFFEE



Professional global guilds and peer groups initiative
How to extend the global network of chapters to sub-networks for members without straining chapters – a proposition on constructing easy platforms to discuss professional matters in a systematic way.

With Marjaana Mykkänen, WIFT Finland




15.30 Helene Granqvist from Sweden ends her 5-year term with honors as Dr Susan Liddy from Ireland steps in with a warm welcome.

Helene Granqvist with Valeria Richter: Farewell speech
Dr Susan Liddy: Inauguration speech

16.00 Meet The Irish
The reception is sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Finland. It will be attended by Ambassador Ruth Parkin.



WIFTI organizes the event in cooperation and by the invitation of WIFT Finland and WIFT Sweden with WIFT Finland in charge of the event production. The WIFTI Helsinki Summit 2023 is supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, the Finnish Film Foundation, Hanaholmen Cultural Center, the West Finland Film Commission, City of Espoo, Turku Business Region, Helsinki City, and by Audiovisual Producers of Finland, Business Finland and Aurora Studios.

Curated by Marjaana Mykkänen, in collaboration with Helene Granqvist, Susan Liddy and Kirsten Schaffer, and in co-operation with the WIFTI Knowledge, Advocacy and Activism Committee.

Produced by Marjaana Mykkänen, in collaboration with Tiinaliisa Granholm of Hanaholmen and Jutta Ahtola of WIFT Finland.  Heidi Kokki, stage management, Erik Roos, sound, lights, and presentations, Fredrik Lundin, live stream and clips.

Communications and Publicity: Regina Mosch, Veera Lamminpää, Serena Serena Mmifinyana and Milli Mokkila, Social media: Päivi Kettunen, Grace Maharaj, Nina Maskulin and Johanna Wartio.  Minttu Mustakallio, general hosting.

Other volunteers: Jenni Laine, reception; Satu Mikkelinen, transport; Riikka Korhonen, main stage and auditorium; Johanna Wartio, management. With Tamara Aalto, Alicia Corpas; Katariina Kap, Anne Karttunen, Tomi Rantanen, Noora Ranne, Sattva-Hanna Toiviainen.


WIFTI Summit Logos



Registration is open until September 8, 2023.

The fee includes access to the Summit, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee service and WIF LA – WIFTI Peace Price Dinner on Saturday. Travel costs and accommodation are not included. Through the form below you will also find information about hotel reservations.

WIFTI members: 100€

Students: 50€

Non-WIFTI members:  180€

Supporting participants: 500€  (2 guests plus name in Summit publications)

Hotel prices, 128€ for a single room and 148€ for a double room, include breakfast.

Info on hotel reservations in the registration form.



An invitation letter for VISA or funding applications is available on the link below. If you need further assistance with it, please contact wiftsummit23@wift.fi




Foreign embassies in Helsinki



You can reach Helsinki by plane or by boat  from Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia or Travemünde Germany.

The national airline Finnair has several European and continental direct flights https://www.finnair.com/en/destinations but many other airlines fly to Helsinki as well.

Helsinki Vantaa Airport is located 18 kilometers from the city center

from Tallinn

from Stockholm

from Travemünde

journey planner
Taksi Helsinki phone +358 100 0700 or app



The capital of Finland has 650 000 inhabitants and is surrounded by sea from east, south and west. Together with neighboring cities of Espoo (where Hanasaari is located), Vantaa and Kauniainen the greater Helsinki area has around a a million inhabitants.







Our partners at Helsinki International Film Festival are delighted to offer WIFTI Helsinki Summit attendees an accreditation badge to Finnish Film Affair at a special price.

HIFF – Love & Anarchy Film Festival takes place in Helsinki 14-24 September, with its industry event FFA –  Finnish Film Affair on 20-22 September.

Attendees of WIFTI Summit receive a 20% discount on international guest accreditation for Finnish Film Affair (deal price 144 euros, inc. VAT 10%).

Finnish Film Affair’s guest accreditation for international industry professionals includes:
– Guest accreditation for 3 days
– Lunches and dinners on event days
– Invites to networking events, such as a sauna evening on Thursday 21 September
– The help of our matchmaker, curating your meetings with hand-chosen projects
– Discount code for our festival hotel
– For access to film festival screenings at Love & Anarchy 14.-24.9.2023, an additional HIFF PRO badge can be purchased with 30 euros

Finnish Film Affair is the industry event of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy and an international showcase of Finnish films and Nordic talent. Organised since 2012, approximately 500 film industry professionals from Finland and around the world attend the event each year. The event consists of panels, networking events, film screenings, and above all the esteemed showcase, which spotlights nearly 50 Finnish films each year, including four first or second-feature directors from our neighbouring Nordic countries. The 12th Finnish Film Affair will take place Wednesday-Friday 20-22 September 2023.

The Early bird accreditation to FFA will open on June 12 at their website https://hiff.fi/en/finnishfilmaffair/how-to-attend

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is Finland’s biggest film festival which promotes the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival is the number one place to experience films that would otherwise not be seen in Finnish theatres. The yearly festival programme consists of new films from well-known filmmakers and fresh talents alike. During its over 30-year lifespan, HIFF has expanded from two theatres to 18 screens and established itself as an 11-day homage to cinema. In 1988 the festival screened 26 films, whereas nowadays the programme consists of 140 feature films and 130 short films. Additionally, HIFF hosts its R&A Shorts National Competition, a variety of talks and panels, extracurricular parties throughout the festival, and has the joy of bringing guests the likes of  Spike Lee, Danny Boyle, Tilda Swinton, Naoko Ogigami, Jan Kounen, Aleksandr Sokurov, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Ridley, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jacques Audiard, Lucile Hadžihalilović, Terence Davies and Cristian Mungiu to Helsinki. The 36th HIFF – Love & Anarchy festival will be held 14.-24.9.2023.

The 36th Helsinki IFF screens films mainly from 2022 and 2023. The festival’s film selection is by invitation only, but you can still suggest your film by sending an email with synopsis and credits to outi@hiff.fi by June 9th. The festival will be in touch before the end of July in case it’s possible to consider the film for its next edition.

WIFTI x Cannes

WIFTI x Cannes

WIFTI x Cannes 2023

We are delighted to meet our global community at Cannes Film Festival 2023!


WIFTI Panel at Canes

Also, come along to Collectif 50/50’s events!


Collectif 50 50 in Cannes

Welcome to the WIFTI Summit 2023!

WIFTI Summit 2023 – Early Bird Registrations

wifti summit 2023
WIFTI Summit 2023 – Early Bird Registrations

The WIFTI Summit is a bi-annual event dedicated to our inspiring global community. This year, we are making our way to beautiful Finland and meet at Hanaholmen just outside Helsinki. For two days, we will be discussing industry trends, meet inspiring leaders from around the world and of course take lots of time to meet and mingle. We will also have a special celebration of Women in Film Los Angeles’ 50th anniversary!

With the conference center Hanaholmen, we could not have found a better, more beautiful and calming place for our members to meet. Have a look at Hanaholmen here!

The closest airport is Helsinki. From there, the conference centre is accessible by car, taxi or public transport.

While the details and programme are still under construction, we would like to grasp the interest and number of attendees with our Early Bird registration until May 31. If you are interested to attend, please send an email to wiftsummit23@wift.fi.

Kindly indicate which chapter you represent and if you require an invitation letter for VISA or funding applications, which we are happy to provide.


The Early Bird registration rate is 100€, to be charged at the end of May. From June 1 until August 22 the regular fee of 180€ will apply.

The fee include access to the conference, dinners and afternoon tea/coffee service. Travel costs and accommodation are not included.

The conference centre has its own hotel. A single room costs 128€ per night, a double room costs 148€ per night. Breakfast included.

The organizers are working towards a scholarship system, for those who need support in covering their costs.


See you in Helsinki!

March 8 Short Film Showcase

March 8 Short Film Showcase

wifti march 8 short film showcase
Enjoy the longest March 8 with WIFTI!

International Women’s Day is our annual reminder to renew and reinforce our fight for intersectional justice. We stand with everyone who faces discrimination caused by capitalist patriarchy and use our voices to shape public discourse and influence decision-makers, all around the world.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023 we are hosting our annual, 48h-long March 8 Short Film Showcase – the longest March 8 spanning across all time zones.

Here on the WIFTI Homepage and on Herflix, you will be able to watch 14 short films from our global community from March 8 at 12am in New Zealand until 12am in Hawaii!

We will feature inspiring, fierce, funny and beautiful works from our chapters in Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New England, New Zealand, Savannah, Sweden and Washington.

How to watch? On March 8, whenever it starts in your country, go to www.wifti.net or www.herflix.com – you will find the access there.

Why not organise a watch party with your local chapter? Just saying…

WIFT International on various events in Berlin

WIFT International on various events in Berlin

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WIFTI x Berlinale 2023

For the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival and European Film Market 2023, WIFTI will be hosting, co-hosting and supporting several events. After three years of not meeting in-person in Berlin, we are looking forward to reconnecting with our global community in the German capital.

Several members of the board from Jamaica, USA, Caucasus, Israel, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Ireland will be present and available for meetings, chats or friendly catch-ups.


WIFT Germany is hosting their annual Berlinale event on Saturday, 18th February. Meet filmmakers from all over the world in networking sessions and panel discussions!

As filmmakers we get to create our vision of the world and inspire audiences to dream of what might be and to shape their perception of what already is.

But that also means that we have the responsibility to reflect on these stories and on how we tell and present them to maximise their impact. Women’s visions have long been overlooked – now is the time to make them seen.

Date: February 18th from 9.30am to 1pm at the Nordic Embassies.

Join us for this event by Power To Transform which WIFTI is supporting!

The pandemic has brought special challenges for women and for our work towards a gender-balanced film industry. We think is it time and important to both reflect on the past years and to look into the future together: What challenges have women film organizations faced recently and what can a path forward look like?

On top of that, we like to shine a spotlight on the work of women filmmakers in the current crisis areas that are shaking the world. We want to make visible the importance of female voices during crisis and in restrictive systems. Female filmmakers from Iran, Afghanistan and Ukraine are invited and will share their perspectives.

Date: February 17th at the Embassy of Canada to Germany, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin.

WIFTI Summit 2023 – Save The Date

WIFTI Summit 2023 – Save The Date

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WIFTI Summit 2023 – Save The Date
“WIFTI Helsinki Summit 2023 – Facing the Future” takes place in Hanasaari cultural center and conference hotel in the inner city archipelago of Helsinki.
It is a two-day event bringing together Wiftians from all over the world, sharing experiences and ideas with their peers, creating an action plan to face the challenges and possibilities for the future.

WIFTI invites all chapters to join this unique event. Your wishes and ideas for the programme are also welcome, so do send them as well as any inquiries to marjaana.mykkanen@wift.fi along with possible requests for letters of invitation.


Stay updated on our homepage in the next months.