WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Sustainability & Storytelling

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Sustainability & Storytelling

WIFTI Webinar Sustainability

Join us for our WIFTI Sustainability Conversation #1

As our first webinar this autumn, we will host our WIFTI Sustainability Conversation #1, which will be part of a longer series of conversations on sustainability, film and storytelling this coming winter and spring.

President Helene Granqvist will be in conversation with Copenhagen-based creator Valeria Richter on the importance of love as a force, the impact of stories in society and on why conscious confusion is an essential part of cultural learning. Don’t miss out and share with your friends!

October 26, 9am PST / 6pm Central European Time.

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Coffee Chat: Blue Sky Sessions

Coffee Chat: Blue Sky Sessions

WIFTI Blue Sky Session

Join us for our Blue Sky Sessions!

This month, we are hosting two coffee chats themed around a Blue Sky thinking. All chapters are welcome to join and share their ideas for WIFTI’s future. What would you like WIFTI to do, what do be for your chapter?

We believe that the strength of WIFTI comes from the strength of every member of every chapter. So every year, we want to know, what YOUR idea of a global network of sisters is.

Apart from sharing your visions, you’ll get to meet our sisters from all around the world!

Both coffee chats take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Register below for the time zone that suits you best.

Session 1: 9am Central European Time

Session 2: 7pm Central European Time

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

WIFTI x Cannes International Film Festival 2021

WIFTI x Cannes International Film Festival 2021

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Producing & Social Impact with Pavillon Afriques in Cannes

We are delighted to be co-hosting a conversation with Pavillon Afriques at the Cannes International Film Festival. 

Our moderator Inya Lawal, WIFTI board member and President of WIFT Africa, will speak to Tope Oshin (Nigeria), Joyce Pierpoline (US), Didahr Dohmeri (France) and Nangita Pritish Nandy (India).

The conversation will explore the journey and growth of successful producers in the film/tv and digital industry with a key focus on how they use their knowledge and position to positively impact upcoming creatives. The panelists will share nuggets on building a career and tips that helped them rise or overcome career difficulties. The conversation will also touch on the mutual benefits of mentorship; and the benefits of psychosocial support, career guidance and role modelling for protégés.

Sign up here! 


WIFTI Worldwide Webinar with Christin Baker

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar with Christin Baker

webinar with christin baker

Producing, Distributing & Social Impact with Christin Baker


// How to put underrepresented topics on the radar? What is it like to get your own production company and streaming service off the ground? How to find investors for your indie project? 

In this highly interactive webinar, we will meet Christin Baker who is an award-winning director, Emmy-nominated producer andchristin baker owner of Tello Films. Tello focuses on lesbian/queer content and is the first lesbian/queer network to receive an Emmy Nomination. The series Secs & EXECS has received a 2017 Emmy Nomination for Mindy Sterling, Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy/Drama Series. In 2019 the series “Riley Parra” received 2 Emmy nominations for actresses Liz Vassey and Carolyn Ratteray.

Christin is passionate about telling relevant and meaningful original stories. Tello Films is the leader in distributing and creating original content (features, shorts and series) as well as creating a platform for monetizing niche entertainment. Christin was awarded Best Director for her work on Maybelle at the 2016 London Raindance Film Festival and is a member of the Producers Guild of America as well as the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Join us for an inspiring talk on how to make your dreams reality!

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Date: 14th June, 2021

Time: 9am PST / 12pm EST / 6pm CET


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WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Filmmaking in Bangladesh

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Filmmaking in Bangladesh

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Filmmaking in Bangladesh: Cinema as Feminist Intervention

Re-watch the webinar here.

Filmmaker and WIFTI Board Member Rubaiyat Hossain will be in conversation with filmmakers Elizabeth D. Costa, director of Bangla Surf Girls, 2021, and Zana Shammi, director of Untying the Knot, 2019, on real impact of films on society.

We will discuss the systemic exclusion of women directors, but how in that, the act of filmmaking can become a space for the filmmakers as well as the characters to express themselves.

We will talk about how the films by women directors like Elizabeth D. Costa (Bangla Surf Girls, 2021), and Zana Shammi (Untying the Knot, 2019) create real impact on society by engaging young women surfers and survivors of domestic violence in a conservative Muslim society with a strong patriarchal culture. How can films can be a tool of feminist intervention for women to be seen, heard and create tangible changes in society?

Elizabeth D. Costa is rapidly emerging as one of Bangladesh’s most exciting female directors and cinematographer. As a Bangladeshi born and raised one of the few Christian minorities she has over 10 years of experience and are passionate about storytelling. Her first feature doc “Bangla Surf Girls” recently world premiered on HotDocs 2021. She was nominated by her Producer and shared the Don Haig award this year in HotDocs. In 2017, she was selected for the Chicken and Egg Accelerator Lab. Elizabeth was also selected to attend the IDFA academy in 2017, to hone her craft. Elizabeth began her career as a script supervisor with the acclaimed pioneer Bangladeshi filmmakers Tareque and Catherine Masud, before earning her MA in Film Studies from the University of Dhaka. She has directed television shows and worked in several short films for a range of media outlets domestic and internationally including PBS Newshour, SBS Dateline, BBC Media Action, NOS News – Netherlands, Vice News UK, and Bloomberg TV, La Sexta Spanish TV and also worked as line producer on two times Academy award winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary “A Journey of Thousand Miles”. From 2016 to 2017, Elizabeth worked as communications advisor for UNDP Bangladesh and in this capacity produced a number of media advocacy stories about women empowerment. And during the Rohingya exodus 2017 – 2018 she covered for International organizations like Human Rights Watch, Dutch Television and PBSNewshour as a Producer/Cameraperson inside the refugee camp.

Zana Shammi is a Bangladeshi-Canadian journalist and filmmaker. Her first feature documentary, Untying the Knot, was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and premiered at the renowned Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, under the banner ‘Films Changing the World.’ Untying the Knot has screened internationally and won awards on the festival circuit, including Audience Choice and Courage in Cinema. In 2019, it was part of Samabhav, a traveling film festival and discussion forum that screened in multiple cities across India. Before coming to North America, Zana worked as a journalist in her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Dhaka.



Date: 25th May, 2021

Time 9am PST / 12pm EST / 6pm CET


Re-watch the webinar here.

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks

WIFTI Coffee Chat Emerging Chapters

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks


Are you new or in the starting phase of your WIFT network, and could do with some advice? Do you know a group of women who is currently forming and would like to get involved with WIFTI?

With great happiness, we have seen the emergence of new networks in many places around the world. In this coffee chat, we want to give everyone who just started off a chance to meet each other, ask questions and hear about experiences of more established organisations.

This will be an informal, welcoming meeting and we look forward to you and your group of worldchangers!


Date: Tuesday, April 20

Time: 10am EST / 4pm CET / 7pm IST Please check tools like worldtimebuddy to find the right time conversion for where you are.

Place: Zoom


Register here!