50 organisations celebrate Anna Serner alongside WIFTI

50 organisations celebrate Anna Serner alongside WIFTI

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WIFTI joined by 50 Organisations in Open Letter to Anna Serner

 

After 10 years as CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner has handed in her resignation on 27 April, 2021.

Women in Film & Television International is grateful for and proud of Anna’s work for gender equality and inclusion in the global film industry, and we wish to express our admiration with this open letter signed by 50 international film organisations.

 

Dear Anna,

Thank you for your decade long commitment and work towards inclusion in the global film industry. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of your work for gender equality. Since taking the helm of The Swedish Film Institute in 2011, you’ve been an unwavering force for women at all levels of the industry. With your passion, dedication and clarity, you’ve led by example, and given us all hope, encouragement and strength.

When 50/50 by 2020 was introduced in Cannes in 2016, it became a global rallying cry – heard by film institutes, festivals, studios, companies and organizations on all continents. Since then, the industry has taken strides, but we still have a long way to go. We won’t stop. We won’t quit.

We all wish you the best of luck with your next endeavor and hope that we will be working with you again in the future.

In gratitude.

 

Your friends,

 

Helene Granqvist, Women in Film and Television International

Inya Lawal, Women in Film & Television Africa

Katrina Graham, Women in Film & Television Australia

Rubaiyat Hossain, Women in Film & Television Bangladesh

Nagila Guimares, Women in Film & Television Brasil

Susan Brinton, Women in Film & Television Canada

Tsiako Abesadze, Women in Film & Television Caucasus

Li Dan, Women in Film & Television China

Petra Terzi, Women in Film & Television Cyprus

Malene Flindt Pedersen, Women in Film & Television Denmark

Eeva-Sofia Anttonen, Women in Film & Television Finland

Nicole Ackermann, Women in Film & Television Germany

Rea Wallden, Women in Film & Television Greece

Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir, Women in Film & Television Iceland

Petrina d’Rozario, Women in Film & Television India

Dr. Susan Liddy, Women in Film & Television Ireland

Domizia De Rosa, Women in Film, Television & Media Italia

Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film LA

Eva Brazdžionytė, Women in Film & Television Lithuanian Chapter

Cynthia Lopez, New York Women in Film & Television

Patricia Watson, Women in Film & TV New Zealand

Ingebjørg Torgersen, WIFT-Norway

Gabriel Baur & Stéphane Mitchell, SWAN Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network

Caroline Ortmark, Women in Film & Television Sweden

Melissa Houghton, Women in Film & Video Washington DC

 

Paula Vaccaro, ARTEF – Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film

Julie-Jeanne Régnault, EFAD – Association of European Film Agencies

Franklin Leonard, The Black List

Dr. Emilia Zenzile Roig, Center for Intersectional Justice Berlin

Delphyne Besse & Laurence Lascary, Collectif 5050

Deborah Williams, Creative Diversity Network

Nanna Frank Rasmussen, Chair of Danish Film Critic Association

Brigid O’Shea & Marion Schmidt, Documentary Association of Europe

Alessia Sonaglioni, EWA Network

Matthijs Wouter Knol, European Film Academy

Dennis Ruh, European Film Market

Kate Kinninmont, The f Word Media Company

Effie T. Brown, Gamechanger Films

Anna Möttölä, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy

Marge Liiske, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Anne Lajla Utsi, International Samí Film Institute

Gyda Velvin Myklebust, New Nordic Films Haugesund

Dögg Mósesdottír, Nordic Girls Shoot Iceland

Victoria Emslie, Primetime

T. Bhebhe, H. Currimbhoy, L. Mukerjee, P. Struthers, Programmers of Colour Collective

Stephanie Thogersen, Stockholm Feminist Film Festival

Tabitha Jackson & Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute

Dame Heather Rabbatts, TIME’S UP UK

Bérénice Vincent, Totem Films

Theo Lindberg, Trans and Non-binary Film Network

Bina Paul, Women in Cinema Collective

Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood

Jan Miller, Women in View Canada

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Filmmaking in Bangladesh

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Filmmaking in Bangladesh

WIFTI webinar feminist intervention

Filmmaking in Bangladesh: Cinema as Feminist Intervention

Filmmaker and WIFTI Board Member Rubaiyat Hossain will be in conversation with filmmakers Elizabeth d’Costa, director of Bangla Surf Girls, 2021, and Zana Shammi, director of Untying the Know, 2020, on real impact of films on society.

We will discuss the systemic exclusion of women directors, but how in that, the act of filmmaking can become a space for the filmmakers as well as the characters to express themselves.

We will talk about how the films by women directors like Elizabeth d’Costa (Bangla Surf Girls, 2021), and Zana Shammi (Untying the Knot, 2020) create real impact on society by engaging young women surfers and survivors of domestic violence in a conservative Muslim society with a strong patriarchal culture. How can films can be a tool of feminist intervention for women to be seen, heard and create tangible changes in society?

 

Date: 25th May, 2021

Time 9am PST / 12pm EST / 6pm CET

 

Register here!

WIFT International congratulates Chloé Zhao!

WIFT International congratulates Chloé Zhao!

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Historic Win! Chlóe Zhao wins Best Director at Academy Awards!

Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) celebrates Chloé Zhao’s win at today’s Academy

Awards, for Best Director for feature film “Nomadland”. Zhao is the first Asian woman to receive the award for Best Director and just the second woman to win in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards.

WIFTI president Helene Granqvist comments, “Well done Chloé Zhao for taking out this year’s Academy Award for Best Director. We have been thrilled to watch Zhao breaking glass ceilings this year. It is our hope this inspires other women in the screen industry to feel encouraged and to continue to aim high.”

Zhao also made history as the first woman of Asian descent and second woman ever to win the Best Director award at the 78th Golden Globes hosted earlier this year.

The 2021 Director category was also significant because for the first time in history, more than one female filmmaker was nominated. Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earned nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively. Granqvist says “We are immensely proud to see two women nominated in this category – another first! We feel positive that soon we will see more of an equal representation across all categories, including Directing, for women.” Zhao is the second female filmmaker to win Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow was the first ever woman to win in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker. Before this year, only five female filmmakers have been nominated for best Director: Lina Wertmüller ( “Seven Beauties”, 1977), Jane Campion (“The Piano,” 1994), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” 2004) Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker, 2010) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird,” 2018).

“Nomadland” is the third feature film from director Chloé Zhao – following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

The 93rd Academy Awards 2021, were hosted today Sunday April 25, in Los Angeles, honouring movies released in 2020.

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks

WIFTI Coffee Chat Emerging Chapters

Coffee Chat for Emerging Networks

 

Are you new or in the starting phase of your WIFT network, and could do with some advice? Do you know a group of women who is currently forming and would like to get involved with WIFTI?

With great happiness, we have seen the emergence of new networks in many places around the world. In this coffee chat, we want to give everyone who just started off a chance to meet each other, ask questions and hear about experiences of more established organisations.

This will be an informal, welcoming meeting and we look forward to you and your group of worldchangers!

 

Date: Tuesday, April 20

Time: 10am EST / 4pm CET / 7pm IST Please check tools like worldtimebuddy to find the right time conversion for where you are.

Place: Zoom

 

Register here!

 

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.

 

Program

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).

 

NETWORKING

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)