WIFTI Summit 2022

WIFTI Summit 2022

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THRIVE at WIFTI Summit 2022

Celebrating the Women in Film & Television International’s 25 year anniversary, the 2022 WIFTI Summit will take place as an online event happening from Lagos/Nigeria on August 30th and 31st, 2022.

This year’s WIFTI summit is the first one on the African continent ever and it will be part of the African Creative Market (ACM), an event that brings major stakeholders in the African and international creative industries together for creative trade.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WIFTI Summit will hold as an online event with a delegation of WIFTI members in Lagos while members of WIFT chapters all over the world connect online for talks, networking, and panels.

His Imperial Majesty the Ooni of Ife is supporting the WIFTI Summit as we explore cross-cultural storytelling.

Our ongoing goal for the annual WIFTI event is to strengthen every single member within our thriving global network so the programming of the 2022 Summit will be as inclusive and multifaceted as always while honouring our 25th anniversary.

For questions about the Summit, please contact Nicole Ackermann nicole.ackermann@mounamouna.com or Inya Lawal inya@ascendss.com.



The Africa Creative Market is an agile creative market event that brings major stakeholders in the African and international creative industry together to explore and exchange innovative ideas for Africa’s creative economy, provide training for African creatives, share future-proof business models, provide access to trade finance, increase creative export and standards; and promote data-led understanding of creative trade.

The 2022 ACM will host the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) Summit, several capacity building and training programs for creatives in Film, Music, Dance and Fashion.



Tuesday, August 30th:

09.30-12.00pm Global film industries & structures: keynotes by representatives from France/EU, US (Hollywood), Bollywood, United Arab Emirates;

followed by Q&A, roundup and takeaways.

12.00-01.00pm Lunch

01.00-03.00pm FWIFT Nigeria panel: new Nollywood & old Nollywood

03.00-05.00pm Thrive Masterclass 1 “Entertainment is serious business” (1hr open for all Thrive participants, 1hr breakout sessions for Thrive

participants’ sections)

05.00-06.00pm WIFTI Summit: Opening WIFTI Summit, WIF LA 25th anniversary program

06.00-07.00pm WIFTI Summit: Panel with streaming platforms (Like: Paramount+, Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Apple+ from around the world)

07.00-08.00pm Dinner

08.00pm: Fashion show


Wednesday, August 31st:

09.30-12.00pm African film industries & structures: Keynotes by representatives from Nigeria (Nollywood), South Africa, Morocco; followed by Q&A, roundup and takeaways.

12.00-01.00pm Lunch

01.00-02.30pm WIFTI Summit: Dialogue with international and African film finance organizations

02.30-03.30pm WIFT Brasil

03.30-05.30pm Thrive Masterclass 2 “How to establish your brand locally and globally” (1hr open for all Thrive participants, 1hr breakout sessions for Thrive participants’ sections)

04.30-06.30pm WIFTI Summit: Virtual networking hosted by WIFT Germany (queens’ tables)

06.30-07.00pm WIFTI Summit: Closing WIFTI Summit

07.00-08.00pm Dinner

08.00pm: Awards Show


IMDb Pro Webinar Event

IMDb Pro Webinar Event

IMDb Pro Webinar Event on July 12   

IMDbPro is excited to host a webinar for exclusive Affiliate Program members, which all paid-up WIFT chapters belong to. This is the first webinar in 2022 where IMDbPro are inviting multiple guilds as a part of the Affiliate Program to join.

The webinar will include some exciting new product updates and demos for experienced IMDbPro users, as well as some introductory information for users who are new to IMDbPro. The webinar will be catered to behind-the-scenes talent, such as writers and producers. Attendees will also have a chance to win some Amazon gift cards via trivia!

The webinar will be hosted live on 7/12/22 at 4:00pm Pacific Time.

Register here.

WIFTI General Assembly 2022

WIFTI General Assembly 2022

WIFTI General Assembly 2022


Call for the WIFT International General Assembly

Date: August 22, 2022


2pm Pacific Time US (Aug 22)

10pm West Africa Time (Aug 22)

11pm Central European Time (Aug 22)

9am New Zealand Standard Time (Aug 23)



0. Welcome address and opening of General Assembly 2020 by WIFTI president

1. Election of a meeting chair, meeting secretary and adjuster

2. Meeting Business: verification of duly & timely invitation and quorum

3. Validation of the Annual Report

4. Treasurer’s report and acceptance

5. Discharge of current sitting Board

6. Election of the new WIFTI board

6. Summary of received suggestions for future activities

7. Other issues

8. Meeting closed


If anyone would like to add anything to the agenda, it must be sent latest 14 days in advance of the General Assembly (August 8) to assistant@wifti.net


A letter from Ukrainian producer Aleksandra Kostina

A letter from Ukrainian producer Aleksandra Kostina

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A letter from Ukrainian producer Aleksandra Kostina 

To be a filmmaker you need a lot of grit, consistency, and hard work to create and tell great stories in a powerful way that resonates with an audience, using all available resources to bring your idea to life. To be a female filmmaker means to work twice as hard. And to be a female filmmaker in a war-torn country is to make life-changing choices each day. Ukrainian filmmakers nowadays are forced to use their communication, leadership, creative thinking and organizational skills not to lead and develop film projects, but to find a safe place for kids and old parents, to rescue family members trapped in the war zones, to supply army and civilians according to their needs, to help people in need and defend our country in all possible ways. Premiere of my producers debut fiction feature PAMFIR in Directors’ Fortnight this May in Cannes was a surreal experience. As it’s impossible to believe, that the rest of the world continues to live a normal life, when our world changed so dramatically and our lives will never be the same again. As it’s mentioned on your website, the strength of WIFTI is based on the strength coming from every member of every chapter all around the world. I really believe in it, and I’m grateful for this possibility to speak to you, and to ask you to reunite all forces to find the way to support Ukraine.

Since the Russian Federation has been waging war against Ukraine all public financial sources were reallocated to the army support and humanitarian needs. And in the following 3-5 years they will be spent to rebuild hospitals, roads, schools, and to provide care for those who need it. Ukrainian State Film Agency, and other public funding initiatives have dried up and will not have opportunity to ensure the existence of the film industry. The last decade was marked by the rise of a new wave of Ukrainian filmmakers. It was bright, diverse and strongly represented by female talent. Films of Yelizaveta Smith (School #3), Kateryna Gornostai (Stop-Zemlia), Alina Gorlova (This Rain Will Never Stop), Iryna Tsilyk (The Earth Is Blue as an Orange), Maryna Er Gorbach (Klondike), Nadia Parfan (Heat Singers), Marysia Nikitiuk (When The Trees Fall), Marina Stepanska (Falling), and other great Ukrainian authors were premiered and awarded at the festivals all over the world (Berlinale, Sundance, IDFA, Karlovy Vary, Visions Du Reel).  And now the future of Ukrainian cinema is uncertain. We need your help to save the modern and diverse community of talented people.

In Cannes I was asked lots of times about the way, how the world can support Ukrainian filmmakers in their work continuing, and here are possible ways to make it happen:

  • to check the Ukrainian State Film Agency initiatives by the following link https://usfa.gov.ua/stand-with-ukraine
  • to create additional funding initiatives with minimum budgets for development and support of co-productions with Ukraine;
  • to help Ukraine receive the full-membership status in Creative Europe with a possibility to apply for all MEDIA programs without exception;
  • to abolish the mandatory condition for Ukrainian projects to have secured financing from local public fund to apply for co-production support to European film funds and Eurimages; 
  • to create a base for Ukrainian professionals who were replaced to other countries, and to give them a chance, to be hired by your company
  • to check the list of Ukrainian films at the final stage of production as a possibility to find an interesting project for co-production https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yk-YeVyblESfyNebTCeWXhmvfhqDWN_d/view
  • to support local documentary films productions that are happening now despite the war https://docudays.ua/eng/help/
  • to create documentary films in co-production with Ukraine, that can bring unique creative and artistic input in your projects;
  • to support film screenings of Ukrainian films all over the world and to present them at the international film festivals to ensure that Ukrainian filmmakers voices are not forgotten;
  • to organise residencies for Ukrainian authors, as they don’t have the possibility to work in calm and safe places;
  • to support education of young Ukrainian filmmakers;
  • to create a special fund for Ukrainian filmmakers, who are defending our country in the army now, which would give them the possibility to secure their film projects in the future.

It’s not about help but a partnership that you’ll enjoy to be involved in. We know how to create the projects that the world is interested in, but we can’t make films right now. To move forward we need your support. Making films is a bridge between realities, a fine thread that binds us with normal life and gives us a hope that one day we can be back to our usual activities. We can’t stop as culture is our strongest weapon. If we do not rebuild our culture, we will not rebuild our country, especially in this moment, when our self-identity plays the key role in the struggle against the aggressor.



Aleksandra Kostina is a Ukrainian producer. Graduated from The Kyiv National Economic University in 2008 with master’s degree in Economics. Since 2007 works in the film industry. At first as a line producer, producing TV films, documentaries, and TV shows. Since 2013 works as a freelance line and executive producer on the numerous feature films, mostly international co-productions, premiered in Cannes, Venice, Tallinn and other A-class festivals. Participant of the Midpoint, TorinoFilmLab, Less Is More, EWA mentoring programme, MAIA, EAVE marketing workshop. In 2018 she established production company BOSONFILM. Her debut project as a producer, feature fiction film PAMFIR, by Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, is a Ukrainian-French-Polish-Chilean-Luxembourg-German co-production, developed in Cinéfondation Residence, TorinoFilmLab, Midpoint and premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2022. And her upcoming project is VACUUM by award-winning Ukrainian director Yelizaveta Smith, whose previous film “School #3” received The Grand Prix of the Generation 14+ for the Best Film at Berlinale 2017.

Presidents Call June 2022

Presidents Call June 2022

WIFTI Presidents Call
Presidents Call: Who can we be for each other in times of crisis? 

A kind invitation to all our WIFT Presidents, Executive Directors and Leaders to join us for the next Presidents Call on


June 15th

10.30am-11.30am Pacific Time

1.30pm-2.30pm Eastern Time

7.30pm-8.30pm Central European Time

June 16th

3.30am-4.30am Australian Eastern Standard Time

5.30am-6.30am New Zealand Standard Time


In these times of severe crises, we are discussing how we can be there for each other as individuals and as networks. We hope to see you there.


Register here.

This was WIFTI x Cannes 2022

This was WIFTI x Cannes 2022

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This was WIFTI x Cannes 2022!


Thanks to all who joined us at our various events during Cannes Film Festival 2022, it was fantastic to see you and catch up, share stories and experience, and gather our collective strength!