WIFTI at Cannes 2024!

WIFTI at Cannes 2024!

This year at the 2024 Cannes International Film Festival, Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT) in association with Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) hosted a networking reception at the Irish Pavilion to celebrate the WIFTI presidency of Dr. Susan Liddy! On 18th May, the WFT Ireland and WIFTI Team were delighted to welcome a full house to the networking reception. Special thanks to Screen Ireland for supporting this endeavour. 

Dr. Susan Liddy comments: “There was great support and camaraderie and I was touched by the enthusiasm and friendship heaped upon me by so many of our WIFTI members from all over the word. The Screen Ireland team were so welcoming and helpful and we in WFT Ireland are grateful for the support that made this a very special night. Thank you all.”

At the reception, we welcomed members from Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, New York, UK, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Italy to name just a few. It was truly a global gathering.

Siobhan Farrell, Vice-Chair of WFT Ireland added: “It was fantastic to celebrate Dr. Susan Liddy, Chair of WFT Ireland Board and newly elected President of WIFT International at the Irish Pavilion at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.  WFT Ireland is excited that the global community will be inspired by Susan’s tenacity, commitment to gender parity and inclusion, and her inspirational leadership, just as we are.”

Dame Heather Rabbatts, Chair of Time’s Up UK says; “This was a memorable occasion as women from around the world come together to share experiences, triumphs and challenges. It is always a wonderful reminder of the growing strength of our international network and how we can bring about change together.”

Hugh Farrell, Head of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Ireland in France adds: “A huge congratulations to the Irish chapter of Women in Film and Television for hosting a wonderful international networking event at the Cannes Film Festival.  Dr. Susan Liddy’s inspiring remarks sparked a vibrant conversation about a vision for the film and television industry that is inclusive, representative and supportive.”

The event concluded with a special announcement about the next WIFTI Summit – it will be held in Ireland in late January / early February, 2026! 

Dame Heather Rabbatts (Chair of Times Up UK), Dr. Susan Liddy and Rebecca Ladbury.

Fiona Kinsella (WFT Ireland Board Member), Dr. Susan Liddy and Rouzie Hassanova (WIFT New Zealand and WIFTI Board Member)

Karen Needham, Dr. Susan Liddy and Col Needham (Founder and CEO of IMDB)

Mary Nash (Principal Officer, Arts, Film and Investment in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media) and Dr. Susan Liddy

Kissy Dugan (WIFTI Board Member)

Highlight your Guild and Union Memberships on IMDB Pro!

Highlight your Guild and Union Memberships on IMDB Pro!

Showcase your entertainment industry experience when you update your Professional Affiliations (guilds, unions, associations) on IMDbPro today. As a member of WIFTI, you are eligible to receive a 30% discount off an IMDbPro Premium subscription, which offers full access to features for entertainment professionals to highlight their affiliations and get discovered. Access the discount code by logging into your member website. This offer is limited to WIFTI members only and is non-transferable. Enter your code HERE to apply the discount to both monthly and annual memberships. 

WIFTI Presidents: Take The Survey!

WIFTI Presidents: Take The Survey!

If you are the President of an active WIFT International Chapter or Affiliate Organisation please get in touch with us and fill out an important survey! Dr. Susan Liddy, WIFTI President and WFT Ireland Chair shares:

“Today, with the support of WIF LA we are embarking on a survey that will yield important information about our chapters and affiliate organisations, for the benefit of all. The hope is that it will help us understand how we’re doing, what we have achieved, what we’d like to achieve, and the tools we need to make it happen. I think it will help us steer a path towards an even brighter tomorrow. They say knowledge is power – let us share our knowledge now and become stronger together.

The survey is short and will only take 12 minutes of your time. Given your extraordinary commitment to WIFTI and to a vision of a gender equal, inclusive and diverse industry I feel sure you will invest that time.

I send you thanks and appreciation in advance. We will be sharing the results and I hope it will be the source of many interesting strategic discussions in the months ahead.”

Chapters and Affiliate Organisations – check your inbox for a link to the survey. If you haven’t received one yet – email us at info@wft.ie. Please note this survey is intended for the President (or Head) of your organisation. 

The Equality Tool for Audiovisual Industry launched in Finland

The Equality Tool for Audiovisual Industry launched in Finland

The Equality Tool, developed by WIFT Finland, was ceremoniously launched on May 31st 2024! The development of the automation-based reporting tool has been a long and thorough process, but it is all the more important for the advancement and monitoring of the audiovisual industry. With the tool creatives and production companies can generate an equality plan for an individual production, learning about their legal obligations, and expanding their knowledge about how to make more diverse content for more diverse audiences in the process. The tool helps measure equality in productions from script through production and post. Each step of the way The Equality Tool provides tips and best practices, for example, for recruiting and casting. It gives guidelines for safer workplaces and preventing harassment. For broadcasters, streamers and investors the tool can open eyes to new ways of doing better content and business and collect important statistical data about the equality of productions.

The launch event was opened by WIFT Finland’s current Executive Director, Reetta Ranta, with a speech on the development of equality and equity throughout history. WIFT Finland’s former Executive Director, lawyer Eeva-Sofia Anttonen, explained the legislation behind the tool’s creation and development. The event culminated in a panel discussion where major financiers of the Finnish film and TV industry shared their views and reflected on their roles in promoting equality and equity. The discussion was moderated by WIFT Finland’s Head of the Board, Professor Elina Knihtilä.

WIFT Finland is grateful to everyone who has supported them in the development of the Equality Tool and participated in this important discussion. Next, the work continues by adding the ability to collect statistical data into the tool. The Equality Tool is financed by the Finnish Film Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture, and developed in partnership with Audiovisual Producers Finland APFI, Helsinki Casting, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), AVEK Audiovisual Centre, Business Finland and numerous production companies. The interactive form used for the tool is provided by their partner M-Files.

The Equality Tool is only in Finnish for now, but WIFT Finland are happy to consult other WIFT chapters on how to get it implemented in various regions. For more information, contact their office at wift@wift.fi. Towards a more equal future!

IMAGE CREDIT: Veera Lamminpää
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Major financiers of the Finnish film and TV industry gathered to discuss equality at the Finnish Film Foundation’s K-13 theatre during the launch event.

Save The Dates: WIFT Germany Events in Munich and Cologne

Save The Dates: WIFT Germany Events in Munich and Cologne

Networking event at the Munich Film Festival
Seidlvilla, Munich | June 30 2024 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

WIFT Germany is looking forward to a panel and the exchange at the Munich Film Festival!

The event is free for WIFT Germany and WIFTI members, all non-members can register for EUR €10.

Please contact info@wiftg.de for the discount code for WIFT members.

Register for the event here via Eventbrite.

Cologne | 02 – 05 July 2024
WIFT at SoundTrack_Cologne 21

As every year, WIFT Germany will once again be represented at SoundTrack_Cologne together with many female composers and speakers. WIFT is a collaborating partner of two events: the Female Film Composer Class and the Matchmaking for Women in Media and Music.

WIFT members benefit from a discount on festival accreditation.

Please contact info@wiftg.de for the discount code.

Further information can be found here on the SoundTrack_Cologne website.

Cologne | 04 – 06 July 2024

 Only 6% of film composers working in German fiction TV from 2015-2022 were women, and just 11% of fiction TV in Europe was scored by women in 2022 according to the European Audiovisual Observatory in its latest study from 2024. To counter these figures, SoundTrack_Cologne is now hosting the Female Film Composer Class (FFCC) for the fourth time.

Cologne | 04 July 2024 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Matchmaking for Women in Media & Music will connect female composers and sound designers with female directors, music consultants, publishers and producers. This Matchmaking event is organized in cooperation with WIFT Germany and AWFC during SOUNDTRACK_COLOGNE 21.

 For further information please click here. 

WIFT Greece Hosts Masterclass On Audition Techniques

WIFT Greece Hosts Masterclass On Audition Techniques

WIFT Greece hosted a Masterclass on Audition Techniques for TV and Film with Nancy Bishop, award-winning casting director and author of “Auditioning for Film and TV.” This offered an educational two-day Masterclass and marketing seminar for actors applying for roles in international productions.

For two days, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May 2024 at the Greek Film Library, Nancy Bishop presented valuable techniques for video auditions – specifically self-taped auditions. Self-taped auditions are mandatory for actors in a post-Covid world. Actors participated in a pre-arranged mock audition and received feedback and advice from Nancy. Nancy also provided insight into improving technical acting and marketing skills as defined by the international audiovisual industry. The seminar focused on strategies for actors to promote themselves and secure work in the international market. Topics included how to use the internet for marketing, organizing a professional CV, choosing a successful photo, producing an effective showreel, recording auditions to send to production and using social media.

About Nancy Bishop

Nancy Bishop is an American award-winning casting director who has worked on over a hundred international projects. Based primarily in London, she has cast for major motion pictures including Mission Impossible IV, the Amazon TV series Greek Salad and Borat, the subsequent film, for which she won the CSA Artios Award for Best Comedy Casting. She has been teaching film acting master classes internationally for many years. In addition, Nancy founded the Acting for Film department at the Prague Film School. She is a founding member and past president of the European branch of the Casting Society of America and has written three books on audition techniques.