Sparked by the input of our presidents and as a teaser for the CARLA 2020 conference, the WIFTI World Wide Webinars will invite you to meet creatives from around the world who will share their stories on change and their experiences of disruption. We feel that this time of transformation and restriction opens a lot of space to rethink where and what we want to be in our industry when we come out at the other end.

See below our webinars for June! For every webinar, we will have one industry guest in conversation with a WIFTI member.


Closing Gaps In the Industry
Jeanette Volturno in conversation with Jess Conoplia
17th June, 10am / Pacific Time

Founded and developed by an all-women, seasoned team of entertainment and technology professionals, is a worldwide application database for sharing and sourcing qualified crew and production support for the film and television sector. What’s more – it has incredibly powerful built-in tools to help producers keep diversity at the forefront of their hiring decisions. Join Jess Conoplia, President, AFCI (and WIFTI Advisory Board Member) as she speaks with Jeanette Volturno, co-founder of and Catchlight Films, about the platform that’s changing the way our industry hires.

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Before Scriptwriting and After Directing
Sooni Taraporevala in conversation with Petrina D’Rozario
12th June, 12pm / IST (India)

Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker is best known for her screenplays of Mississippi Masala for which she won the Osella Award at the Venice Internaitonal Film Festival and Salam Bombay, which gave her an Oscar nomination. She and WIFT India President Petrina D’Rozario invite you to a journey through a life of screenwriting.

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Championing Female Cinematographers
With Mandy Walker ASC, ACS in conversation with Bonnie Elliott ACS.
Took place on 5th June, 6pm AEST

Join us for the first webinar in June where we welcome internationally renowned cinematographer Mandy Walker. Known for films such as Australia, Tracks, Hidden Figures and the upcoming Disney remake Mulan, we are honoured and thrilled to have Mandy speak to us in the midst of returning to shoot Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic on the Gold Coast, Australia.  The session is a collaboration with WIFT Australia and ACS – Australian Cinematographers Society.

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How To Wrap Your Head Around a Global Crisis?

Rebecca Day in conversation with Helene Granqvist
Took place on 27th May, 4pm / London Time

Rebecca Day is a psychotherapist and documentary producer. She founded Film In Mind in 2018 to address mental health in the film industry and offers consultancies, workshops and therapeutic support to filmmakers working in difficult situations and with vulnerable people.

In this talk, we’ll look at all the things that are bubbling up outside and inside of us and you’ll have a chance to ask your own questions as well.

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What Should We Be Writing Now?
Tara Armstrong in conversation with Peggy Thompson
20th May, 2pm / Vancouver Time

Canadian showrunner and series creator Tara Armstrong will give you a craft talk on television writing and how to keep going season after season. Most importantly, the webinar will also cover what we can do with those feelings of worry, anxiety and gratitude when you’re at home in the creative industries.

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Rewriting The Story – Rewriting History? 
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir in conversation with Dögg Mósesdóttir
Took place on 13th May, 4pm / Reykjavik Time

In the 80’s and 90’s, Margrét Örnólfsdóttir was a member of the pop band The Sugarcubes featuring Björk as singer. Now she is a screenwriter of numerous Icelandic TV series, including The Valhalla Murders and Flatey Enigma.

She and the Icelandic filmmaker, festival director and WIFT member Dögg Mósesdóttir will talk about career changes and how TV series writing can fill the gaps history has left.

Rewatch it here!