WIFTI Worldwide Webinar with Wade Channell

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar with Wade Channell

Worldwide Webinar Wade Channell

What men can and need to do to fight gender inequality.


Wade Channell in conversation with producer Tsiako Abesadze, International Relations and co-founder of WIFT Georgia, on the role of men in fighting gender inequality.


Date: Monday, 29th March 2021

Time: 12pm EST / 6pm CET

Place: Zoom

Wade Channell is the Senior Economic Growth Advisor for Gender at the United States Agency for International Development (https://www.usaid.gov/). For the past seven years, he has lead women’s economic empowerment programming for the Agency, seeking to support USAID colleagues around the world in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Prior to becoming a full-time gender equality advocate, Wade worked to improve the business enabling environment in developing countries, applying law and economics to the problems of dysfunctional legal and financial systems that impede the ability of average citizens to make a decent living. He has taught international development and international management at George Washington University and George Mason University, and regularly participates as a panelist and speaker on gender issues, consistently raising the issues of gender-based violence no matter what the primary topic.

Tsiako and Wade will talk about men as passionate feminists and engaging men to address the dysfunctional and toxic concepts of masculinity that drive and maintain women’s inequalities.

Register for the webinar here.


Worldwide Webinar Wade Channell Tsiako Abesadze

WIFTI Presidents Call

WIFTI Presidents Call

WIFTI Presidents Call Coming Up!

We kindly invite all Presidents and leaders of WIFT networks to join us for our next Presidents Call on April 20, which we will split into two sessions to reach all time zones.

We look forward to hearing from you about your current activities, challenges and dreams for coming out of the pandemic. And of course, it will be a great opportunity to meet our sisters from around the world.

For WIFT Presidents only. 


Session 1: Tuesday, April 20, 9am CET (Berlin) / 7pm NZDT (Auckland)

Register here.


Session 2: Tuesday, April 20, 7pm CET (Berlin) / 10am PST (Los Angeles)

Register here.

March 8 Short Film Showcase

March 8 Short Film Showcase

WIFTI Short Flm Showcase

Celebrate March 8 with us and join us for 48 hours of short films from around the world!


On International Women’s Day, you’re invited to travel the globe with an empowering short film showcase spanning 18 countries. Created by and centered on women, these stories will send you on a journey across continents and through time zones to experience the female gaze around the world. From navigating rites of passage, to challenging gender norms and negotiating power dynamics, the individuals in this collection question authority, overthrow others’ expectations, and succeed in taking ownership of their lives. A mosaic of animated, narrative and documentary works come together to reflect our unique perspectives and celebrate our shared wisdom.

March 8 WIFTI Showcase

Meet the curators

It’s an extraordinary joy and honour to have these short films curated by the programming team Lucy Mukerjee and Charlie Hidalgo, who share their perspective of the world through the camera lens with us.

Charlie Hidalgo is a Colombian trans man, filmmaker, film curator, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab.

Lucy Mukerjee is a queer British-Asian film curator, and a co-founder of the Programmers Of Colour Collective, comprising of 300 BIPOC film festival curators around the globe.

As inclusion activists, Charlie and Lucy formed Meraki Moving Pictures to empower queer and trans BIPOC storytellers and increase the visibility of marginalized voices in the media.


March 8 Curators


We also worked with our diversity partner Ceretai on analysing the films on women’s screen presence and speaking time:


WIFTI March 8 Analysis Ceretai



Seminar Series on Affirmative Feminism

Seminar Series on Affirmative Feminism

Affirmative Feminism


We would like to invite you to the Affirmative Feminism Seminar Series: A series of three panel conversations exploring possible futures through affirmative statements and initiatives within contemporary film and digital screen culture. 


The seminars will take place on Zoom. Please register to receive the link (at the latest one day ahead of each event): https://forms.gle/1eydbzDdYQ7vaJWx5

This seminar series places in conversation researchers and professionals of the film and screen industry on the topic of affirmative initiatives in film production, representation and distribution, that is, acts or images that go beyond a lamentation of the status quo and produce feminist alternatives and possible futures.

The search for an affirmative feminism arises from the observation that feminist narratives are often created through negation and opposition. In contrast to narratives that lament women’s lack of power compared to men, affirmative arts produce models of gender and power that are fluid and in constant transformation rather than embedded in dichotomies. Following philosopher Rosi Braidotti’s work on ‘affirmative ethics’, affirmative arts use the limitations to our ‘freedom’ as a foundation for creating alternative futures, proposing solutions for enhancing our political, social, spatial freedom. Instead of presenting characters that are alienated by the binary systems of gender, race, sexuality, ability or class, affirmative films present narratives and aesthetic forms that manifest as what Braidotti would call ‘micropolitical instances of activism’. This theory is at the core of a feminist initiative to promote a fair, inclusive and diverse future. Taking an affirmative approach in one’s work is thus being critical of the present without being annihilated by it.

This series of events emerges from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project ‘Affirmative Post-Cinema: Narrative and Aesthetic Responses to Gender and Power’. This is also the subject of the recently published monograph by Maud Ceuterick, organiser of the seminar series, Affirmative Aesthetics and Wilful Women: Gender, Space and Mobility in Contemporary Cinema (Open access and available here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030370381).

Affirmative Feminism

The seminar series will take place digitally on 3 consecutive Fridays in March, with the participation of the following panelists:

12th of March 10-12am CET: Production/networks/policies

Amanda Coles, Arts and Cultural Management / Employment Relations, Deakin University

Helene Granqvist, Producer and President of Women in Film and Television International

Marcela Stolzmann, Producer at AdoAto Pictures, Amsterdam


19th of March 11-1pm CET: Aesthetics/representation

Anna Backman Rogers, Professor of Culture, Aesthetics and Feminist Theory at the University of Gothenburg

Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, City University London

Illya Szilak, Artist, Writer and VR Filmmaker of Queerskins


26th of March 10-12am CET: Curation/distribution

Miriam De Rosa, Senior Lecturer and Curator in cinema and contemporary visual arts, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia 

Nadia Dresti, International Advisor, Locarno Film Festival

Mathilde Henrot, Programmer at the Locarno Film Festival, and co-founder of Festival Scope and Festival Scope Pro

Skadi Loist, Professor of Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF



The seminars will take place on Zoom. Please register to receive the link (at the latest one day ahead of each event): https://forms.gle/1eydbzDdYQ7vaJWx5

More information on the website.

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Annual WIFT at Berlinale Event

Annual WIFT at Berlinale Event

WIFT at Berlinale


Annual WIFT Berlinale Event


You can re-watch the event here.


An official partnership with Berlinale. In collaboration with WIFT Germany and WIFT International, WIFT Sweden, WIF LA, WIFT India, WIFT Africa & Forum of Women in Film & TV Nigeria


Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Time: 5-7pm CET

Location: Youtube




All you need is love: Reimagining RomComs in Bollywood, Nollywood & Hollywood


Compelling storytelling with changing faces of love…

Love is universal and our shared language all around the globe. The quest for love is everlasting, and so is the quest for relevant romantic comedies. As in life and the entertainment industry, women are becoming more empowered and today’s romantic comedies are embracing more diverse relationships across ethnicities, backgrounds, sexes and ages.

From Asia to Africa, and from Europe to the Americas…

With this event we will explore the cultural perspectives on love across the world’s most influential film industries: Bollywood, Nollywood and Hollywood. Experts will discuss the beloved genre’s classics as well as new opportunities of storytelling today and for the future.



Welcome from WIFT  

Opening Note Mariette Rissenbeek, Co-head Berlinale 


Deep Dive Interviews (1-on-1, 15min each)

Moderated by Wendy Mitchell.
With writer-director Alankrita Shrivastava (India), writer-director Hamisha Daryani Ahuja (Nigeria), writer-director Clea DuVall (USA) and producer Lisa Blumenberg (Germany).



Queen’s Tables (ca 20min) Each table with a focus theme, introduced by a moderator, followed by a quick intro (30sec) of each of the 10 attendees from the audience. Each table will be moderated by a special guest, to be announced soon.
(exclusive access for WIFT members from all around the world)


Speed Networking (ca. 20min) Transfer of the traditional format from our physical event at Berlinale into the virtual world. Quick 2min-meetings allocated by Zoom’s random generator.
(exclusive access for WIFT members from all around the world)


All events are for free and you can register here.

Coffee Chat on Building Resilience

Coffee Chat on Building Resilience

Coffee Chat on Building Resilience

After a year of crisis, how can we tackle this new year, what do we need to build resilience for the unknown? We invited producer and psychologist Rebecca Day from Film in Mind to help us navigate through the manifold pressures we might encounter. Join us for this informal coffee chat and share your outlooks, fears, dreams for this new year, listen to others and get some gentle insights.

Date: Thursday, 28th January, 2021.
Time: 3pm EST / 9pm CET

(Wifti members only)