WIFTI Annual Report

WIFTI Annual Report

WIFTI Join The Movement

Read the WIFTI Annual Report 2020-21 here


With our fiscal year 2020-21 having ended on August 31, it’s time for our chapters to renew their membership – and for new groups to think about whether they want to join the global movement and become a member of WIFTI.

It’s also the time, where we update you about our growing and evolving organisation. Find our annual report here and read more about our projects of the past year, amongst others:


  • March 8 Short Film Showcase to celebrate International Women’s Day
  • Nordic Women in Film which strengthened our Nordic-US network
  • New chapters in Bhutan, Israel and China
  • Festival Collaborations with Berlinale and African Pavillon in Cannes


The WIFTI Board thanks you for your support and for your work, we appreciate all your efforts, as they will inevitably make the next generation’s lives better!

Read the Annual Report 2020-21 here.


European Organisations Join Forces Against Racism

European Organisations Join Forces Against Racism

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WIFT International fights against racism together with ARTEF

In the Summer of 2020, a group of European film industry professionals gathered to form ARTEF, the Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film. WIFT International has been a member from its beginnings. Engaging over thirty organisations, our first step was an awareness training programme lead by Dr Emilia Roig, trainer, author, and founder of the Centre for Intersectional Justice in Berlin. The workshop encounters lasted between November 2020 and May 2021 online with an average of forty participants from all over Europe in each session.

With a broad and intersectional approach ARTEF’s main aim is to dismantle racist structures and combat all forms of racism in the European film industry. Our goal is to become a task force for change: by raising awareness, by offering education and insights, by suggesting revisions to regulations and practices, as well as to weather opposition from the industry — especially from those who habitually benefit from institutionalised racism.

After its initial year, ARTEF will continue organising training programmes for European film professionals who are keen on tackling institutionalised racism and willing to do the personal work needed to help dismantling existing structures, and help building new, inclusive ones in the decades to come. Anyone who has been or is affected by racism in the European film industry is invited to come forward and engage with ARTEF to help us build a meaningful task force together.

Thus far, we have been laying the ground for future actions and we will be reaching out to all European film institutions, including film festivals, film commissioning, organisations and filmmaking collectives, asking them to join ARTEF, and commit to training, ring fencing of resources, and to turn their awareness into actions.

We invite filmmakers in every European country to write to their institutions, collectives, unions, and organisations to request they join and support ARTEF!s work, and to engage with us with ideas, suggestions and/or requests.


Initiated by Matthijs Wouter Knol, the newly appointed Director of the European Film Academy, ARTEF was also co-founded by its current Board of Directors: Helene Granqvist (producer Nordic Film Factory and president WIFTI), Paula Alvarez Vaccaro (producer Pinball London and European Producers Club vice president), and Marion Schmidt (co-director Documentary Association of Europe).

Steering committee

Paula Alvarez Vaccaro, Véronique N. Doumbé, Helene Granqvist, Laurence Lascary, Regina Mosch, Marion Schmidt, Matthijs Wouter Knol

Funding partners

Bertha Foundation, British Film Institute, FOCAL, HessenFilm, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schles- wig-Holstein, International Sámi Film Institute, Film Fund Luxemburg, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute and contributions from the participating organisations ACE, EAVE, EWA, and WIFTI as well as production companies Magic Hour Films and Pinball London and further donors.

The awareness trainings were attended by top-level representatives of the following organisations

ACE Producers, British Film Institute, Cinéastes non alignées, Collectif 50/50, Creative Diversity Network, DAE — Documentary Association of Europe, Doc Society, EAVE, European Film Academy, EFM — European Film Market, EFP — European Film Promotion, EWA — European Women’s Audiovisual Network, EPC — European Producers Club, FOCAL, International Sámi Film Institute, Magic Hour Films, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Pinball London, Power to Transform, Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2), ProQuote Film, Swedish Film Institute, Queer Media Society, WIFTI — Women in Film and Television International

Press contact: Pascal Edelmann, European Film Academy


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

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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


Register here!

Letter from Anna Serner to WIFT members & SFI’s Facts & Figures 2020

Letter from Anna Serner to WIFT members & SFI’s Facts & Figures 2020

SFI Facts and Figures


Letter from Anna Serner to WIFT members

Following our open letter thanking Anna Serner for her decade-long work for gender equality, Anna has sent us a response, amongst others also drawing on the Swedish Film Institute’s latest Facts & Figures report. Their work is beyond inspiring, but also nowhere near finished as Anna humbly acknowledges.

Read the report here.

Dear WIFT members,

I am proud to present Facts & Figures 2020, our yearly report providing a comprehensive insight into film in Sweden today. As you know, 2020 was a very challenging year for all of us. It affected the whole industry, Sweden included. Still, when it comes to gender equality things looked brighter.

The share of Swedish feature-length fiction films with funding from our commissioners that were directed by a woman was at 64%, with the same percentage for films with a female producer, and films with a female screenwriter was at 57%. Also, Swedish feature films released in 2020 had as many female leads as male leads, and 59% of all the feature-length fiction films of last year passed the Bechdel test. With this said, there is still a lot of inequalities when we put our intersectional glasses on. Gender equality means equality for all women, disregarding skin colour, sexual orientation, age etc, and it should apply to all budgets and genres.

I am still overwhelmed and deeply touched by your letter following my notice of resignation a few weeks ago. Thank you again, and thanks for all the work you do – every day. As I’ve said to some of you, I will stick around for another six month and I hope our paths will cross many times before and after that.

Warmest regards,
Anna Serner
CEO, The Swedish Film Institute