Dear WIFTI members,
The recent WIFTI Summit was held in Auckland, New Zealand, on October 2, with support from WIFTNZ and executive director Patricia Watson. The WIFTI Summit was part of the bigger “Power of Inclusion Summit” October 3rd-4th, co-hosted by New Zealand Film Commission, WIFTI & Disney.
WIFTI Summit was an energetic and successful gathering of 240 representatives from 20 worldwide WIFTI chapters who came together to share, network and discuss issues of importance to our industry and our organization. Attendees included members of NYWIFT, WIFT Alberta, WIFT-AT Atlantic, WIFT Australia, WIF Dallas, WIFT Denmark, WIFT Germany, WIFT Quebec, Women in Film LA, WIFT Louisiana, WIFT Montreal, WIFV New England, WIFT New Zealand, WIFT Sweden, WIF-T (Toronto), UWIFT (Utah), WIFTV Vancouver, WIFT Victoria and WIFV (Washington DC), WIFT Western Australia.
After a traditional Maori welcome, summit highlights included a Masterclass by Philippa Boyens, Academy Award Winning writer of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a conversation with director and WIFTI member Maria Giese and a presentation by Sue Maslin who spoke about the Gender Task Force in Australia. Everyone shared experiences, programs and information generously. Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director – WIF (Los Angeles) helped facilitate break-out sessions and refocused the audience on how to find solutions to any challenge that may arise.
Read more about WIFTI Summit and Power of Inclusion Summit on Women in Film LA website: womeninfilm.org/dispatches-from-the-2019-wifti-summit/
Browse photos from the WIFTI Summit and Power of Inclusion Summit here.
This is a WIFTI welcome year!
Over the past year WIFTI has been having discussions with chapters and groups across
the globe and realized that our old WIFTI membership structure needed to be changed.
We have created a structure that works for all chapters, no matter if big or small, new or established. We are also happy to invite WIFTI partners as members. Any questions you may have will be readily answered by the following board members:
For questions and suggestions regarding WIFTI membership worldwide our vice president Nancy Puetz will be here for you. All questions and suggestions are welcome – nothing is too small or too big! Please contact Nancy Puetz: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions regarding invoicing and payment please contact:
Europe – Nicole Ackermann – email@example.com
US – Nancy McBride – firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada – Nancy McBride – email@example.com
Africa – Nicole Ackermann – firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia/ New Zealand -Nicole Ackermann – email@example.com
South America – Nancy McBride – firstname.lastname@example.org
Asia – Nicole Ackermann – Nicole.email@example.com
Read more about how to renew membership on WIFTI.net/membership
Announcement – SXSW – Discount for all WIFTI Members offered
WIFTI has partnered with SXSW and is pleased to announce the return of a great member discount program! WIFTI members will receive a discounted rate for their choice of SXSW 2020 badge type. Your WIFTI membership grants you access to our group discount rate of up to 35%, or more, off of the walk-up rate. SXSW 2020 will take place March 13th–22nd and has evolved into one of the premier global conferences of its kind. We’re excited to help as many WIFTI members attend as possible and encourage you to take advantage of this offer. There is no minimum, maximum, or immediate purchase necessary, you just have to be a current member of a WIFTI chapter in good standing!
According to the WIFTI Contract with SXSW, chapters may publish the information in this newsletter on their websites or in a newsletter sent to members. This offer may not be mentioned on any social media or it will void the contract with SXSW for discounted passes. The logo and wording may not be changed.
Please contact WIFTI Board member Melanie Yonks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase badges at the discounted price. Please put SXSW Badge in the subject line of the email and include the following information:
- Your name
- Your Email Address
- Your phone #
- Your Chapter Name
- A contact Name and email address for your chapter (chapter president or membership chair)
- Badge type/types you would like to purchase and the how many of each type.
Deadline to apply for discounted badges is January 15, 2020.
Onwards and upwards!
With all my best wishes,