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Industry Report: Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Ways in which the film industry is changing in order to tackle unfair discrimination and ensure fair representation for all

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Institutional speakers discuss the importance of cinema as a tool to protect democracy and cultural diversity at the EFM

Berlinale 2024 - EFM

Institutional speakers discuss the importance of cinema as a tool to protect democracy and cultural diversity at the EFM

BERLINALE 2024: The panellists tackled a number of hot topics, including gender equality, geoblocking, authors’ rights and public support  

20 February 2024

The share of women professionals in the production of TV and SVoD fiction stood at 28% in 2022

Industry / Market - Europe

The share of women professionals in the production of TV and SVoD fiction stood at 28% in 2022

A European Audiovisual Observatory report shows that since 2015, the presence of women professionals has increased by 8%, but the growth rate is still too low to reach parity in the near future  

09 February 2024

The EWA Network announces the eight women producers selected for the Series Accelerator programme

Industry / Market - Europe

The EWA Network announces the eight women producers selected for the Series Accelerator programme

The initiative, set up in collaboration with Netflix, will bring together emerging or mid-career professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the series production landscape  

23 January 2024

Intimacy coordinators: useful or essential?

Industry / Market - Italy

Intimacy coordinators: useful or essential?

During the first ANICA Talk of 2024, professionals were given the opportunity to reflect upon the potential of this new figure in the workplace  

19 January 2024

The “New professions for new scenarios” panel explores new roles within the global film industry and the importance of training

Industry / Market - Italy

The “New professions for new scenarios” panel explores new roles within the global film industry and the importance of training

A panel discussion was organised by the Rome Lazio Film Commission on the new professional opportunities within the film and audiovisual sector, covering fields from innovation to inclusion  

21 December 2023

The role of women in European audiovisual production

Industry / Market - Europe

The role of women in European audiovisual production

Organisations and research centers in the sector gathered online to share the latest statistics, initiatives and practices related to gender equality and inclusion  

20 December 2023

Anaïs Emery  • Managing and artistic director, GIFF

"Digital creation is a domain where we’re seeing fascinating artistic developments"

Anaïs Emery • Managing and artistic director, GIFF

The director of the Genevan festival gave her opinion on crucial questions such as parity and inclusion in film festivals, and the attraction of digital creation  

03 November 2023

Only 26% European features directors are women, the latest European Audiovisual Observatory report finds

Industry / Market - Europe

Only 26% European features directors are women, the latest European Audiovisual Observatory report finds

Although the disclosed figures are far from depicting an ideal scenario, some progress has been made in most of the countries surveyed by the study  

02 November 2023

Mirona Radu  • Founder, Her Story, Her Future

“We are more than just a career; we are sources of creativity, courage and change”

Mirona Radu • Founder, Her Story, Her Future

We spoke to the founder of the mentorship programme about the efforts and the mission behind creating a new, empowering platform for women in film  

02 November 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Female leadership programme Audiovisual Women announces the 15 participants in its second edition

Industry / Market - Europe

EXCLUSIVE: Female leadership programme Audiovisual Women announces the 15 participants in its second edition

The programme is designed to empower mid-to-senior women managers in the audiovisual industry, including in the film, TV and digital-media domains  

18 October 2023

Screens of Tomorrow guides to be unveiled at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2023 – Venice Production Bridge

Screens of Tomorrow guides to be unveiled at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

During the event, four European industry experts will talk about the efforts they are making to pursue inclusivity and sustainability  

24 August 2023

Weronika Adamowska  • Co-founder and programmer, HER Docs Forum

“We don’t want to create another unnecessary event”

Weronika Adamowska • Co-founder and programmer, HER Docs Forum

The co-founder and programmer of the HER Docs initiative explains how she aims to connect female documentary professionals and create a new, safer space for women  

17 August 2023

Europa Distribution’s EDMentorShe wraps its third edition

Industry / Market - Europe

Europa Distribution’s EDMentorShe wraps its third edition

The mentorship programme for female distribution professionals held a successful closing session in Brussels  

03 August 2023

The Giffoni Innovation Hub hosts a debate on the fight against revenge porn and on safeguarding minors within film and creative contexts

Giffoni 2023

The Giffoni Innovation Hub hosts a debate on the fight against revenge porn and on safeguarding minors within film and creative contexts

The initiatives discussed included a memorandum signed by the Italian Department for Electronic Communications, Broadcasting and Postal Services and the MIA designed to transmit educational messages  

26 July 2023

ANICA has signed up to Women in Film, Television & Media Italy's Charter of Ethical Behaviour for the Audiovisual Sector

Industry / Market - Italy

ANICA has signed up to Women in Film, Television & Media Italy's Charter of Ethical Behaviour for the Audiovisual Sector

The charter is a tool for the prevention of sexual harassment, intimidation and all forms of discrimination, gender-based violence and body shaming in the workplace and on film sets  

20 July 2023

The second Spanish Film Academy Summer Camp selects eight inclusive projects

Industry / Market - Spain

The second Spanish Film Academy Summer Camp selects eight inclusive projects

The event also brought together producers and specialists to promote diversity awareness during the preparation of a film or series  

30 June 2023

Alex Pritz’s The Territory comes out on top at the Deauville Green Awards

Festivals / Awards - France

Alex Pritz’s The Territory comes out on top at the Deauville Green Awards

The 12th edition of the international festival for responsible films featured a slew of works about the fight for survival  

14 June 2023

Rima Abdul-Malak  • French Minister of Culture

"Culture is becoming a political subject"

Rima Abdul-Malak • French Minister of Culture

CANNES 2023: The French Minister of Culture discussed the film industry and the challenges it is currently facing  

21 May 2023

At Cannes, Screens of Tomorrow launches its English-language sustainability guide

Cannes 2023 – Marché du Film

At Cannes, Screens of Tomorrow launches its English-language sustainability guide

CANNES 2023: The presentation of the guide was accompanied by a talk by a panel of experts, discussing their work creating powerful “cli-fi” (climate fiction) narratives  

18 May 2023

Caroline de Chantérac • Expert, Screens of Tomorrow

“This movement keeps growing with new members and partners. Professionals based in any country are welcome”

Caroline de Chantérac • Expert, Screens of Tomorrow

We sat down with the French expert who spoke about the movement’s efforts to pursue inclusivity and sustainability in film and TV production  

12 May 2023

Silvana Santamaria • Producer, Soilfilms

“It's important that women are able to run their own companies”

Silvana Santamaria • Producer, Soilfilms

Germany's Producer on the Move speaks about her upcoming film projects as a producer and filmmaker  

10 May 2023

Female-led documentaries dominate the 2023 dok.incubator selection

Industry / Market - Czech Republic/Slovakia

Female-led documentaries dominate the 2023 dok.incubator selection

A vibrant tapestry of docs from Europe, Iran and Bhutan will explore the human experience and pressing global issues  

25 April 2023

CIRCLE announces its Cannes Docs showcase selection

Cannes 2023 – Marché du Film

CIRCLE announces its Cannes Docs showcase selection

Four projects by female-identifying documentary filmmakers developed as part of the CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator programme will be presented at Cannes Docs  

20 April 2023

The Swedish audiovisual industry launches jointly developed guidelines for filming intimate scenes

Industry / Market - Sweden

The Swedish audiovisual industry launches jointly developed guidelines for filming intimate scenes

The 12-page document covers a number of areas, including script breakdown, casting choices, rehearsals, contracts, risk assessment and consent  

07 April 2023

The presence of women in European TV/SVoD fiction slowly increases but inequality remains strong, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory

Industry / Market - Europe

The presence of women in European TV/SVoD fiction slowly increases but inequality remains strong, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory

In 2021, the share of women professionals varied significantly depending on the role, ranging from 8% of composers to 45% of producers and leading actors being women  

15 March 2023

Entrepreneurial creatives and showrunners outline the future of TV at the Berlinale Series Market

Berlinale 2023 – EFM

Entrepreneurial creatives and showrunners outline the future of TV at the Berlinale Series Market

BERLINALE 2023: A group of forward thinkers from several different companies shared their experiences and perspectives on what's next for the television business  

23 February 2023

Industry players talk “Embracing Talent Sustainability for Success” at Göteborg

Göteborg 2023 – Göteborg Industry

Industry players talk “Embracing Talent Sustainability for Success” at Göteborg

During the Nostradamus x impACT seminar, media analyst Johanna Koljonen chatted with attendees about how to attract young talent  

07 February 2023

Alexia Muíños Ruiz • Director of programmes, European Women’s Audiovisual Network

“There is a need for a more thorough approach to funding women’s projects”

Alexia Muíños Ruiz • Director of programmes, European Women’s Audiovisual Network

In Trieste, we discussed the EWA Mentoring Programme for producers and how the landscape has changed in the ten years since EWA was founded  

27 January 2023

Paloma Garcia Martens • Intimacy coordinator

"The aim is essentially the same as with stunt coordination"

Paloma Garcia Martens • Intimacy coordinator

We sat down with the intimacy coordinator to discuss the finer details and challenges involved in this role, which is still a rare thing on this side of the Atlantic  

13 January 2023

Snezana van Houwelingen, Alejandra Mora • Mentor on and participant in the EWA mentoring programme

“The communal experience created a very positive and enriching network of colleagues”

Snezana van Houwelingen, Alejandra Mora • Mentor on and participant in the EWA mentoring programme

Cineuropa met two producers involved with the EWA mentoring programme, designed to provide coaching and visibility to women professionals  

28 December 2022

Lidia Vitale • Actress and member of the Women in Film association

"Patriarchism divides women; now it’s our time to get connected"

Lidia Vitale • Actress and member of the Women in Film association

We spoke to the Italian actress about gender gaps in the film world, about #MeToo and about the Women in Film association, which she is a member of  

16 December 2022

Gender equality in European audiovisual productions

Europe

Gender equality in European audiovisual productions

Watch the full video of the online event organised to keep track of the latest developments related to the presence of women in European cinema  

08 December 2022

Women in European cinema: are we making progress?

Promotion - Europe

Women in European cinema: are we making progress?

A group of bodies in the European audiovisual sector are organising an online event on 7 December to keep track of the latest developments related to the presence of women in European cinema  

01 December 2022

At the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, panellists discuss how film and media narratives can help us to heal as societies

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022

At the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, panellists discuss how film and media narratives can help us to heal as societies

The aim of the discussion was to reflect on decolonised perspectives and help communities to cope with their past  

25 October 2022

Women are still just 25% of all film directors working in Europe, the latest European Audiovisual Observatory report reveals

Industry / Market - Europe

Women are still just 25% of all film directors working in Europe, the latest European Audiovisual Observatory report reveals

The highest female presence was registered among lead roles (39%), producers (34%) and screenwriters (28%), whilst the lowest among DoPs (10%) and composers (10%)  

24 October 2022

At the Forum of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, the panellists ask how to make unheard perspectives visible

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022

At the Forum of the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, the panellists ask how to make unheard perspectives visible

Journalists and filmmakers shared their takes on decolonising media narratives and how to promote stories from unheard voices  

24 October 2022

At Nordisk Panorama, Swedish film-fund representatives discuss their programmes for fostering new filmmaking talents

Nordisk Panorama 2022

At Nordisk Panorama, Swedish film-fund representatives discuss their programmes for fostering new filmmaking talents

What are “new voices”? How can talent programmes help them step into the professional arena? These were the two main questions tackled by the panellists at the event  

27 September 2022

The Locarno Film Festival’s acting awards will now be gender neutral

Locarno 2023

The Locarno Film Festival’s acting awards will now be gender neutral

The festival is following the example of the Berlinale and San Sebastián which made the same decision and obliterated the binary distinction between its acting prizes  

16 September 2022

The New Dawn fund announces first six backed projects, welcomes support from Telefilm Canada

Production / Funding - Europe/Canada

The New Dawn fund announces first six backed projects, welcomes support from Telefilm Canada

Four fiction projects will receive up to €200,000, whilst the remaining documentaries will get up to €100,000  

12 September 2022

At Sarajevo, diversity and inclusion are discussed from the film funder’s perspective

Sarajevo 2022 – CineLink Industry Days

At Sarajevo, diversity and inclusion are discussed from the film funder’s perspective

Five executives and policymakers assessed the progress made on this issue, following numerous initiatives and pledges over the past half-decade  

23 August 2022

At Sarajevo, experts debate the funding of social impact films

Sarajevo 2022 - CineLink Industry Days

At Sarajevo, experts debate the funding of social impact films

Four executives from the UK and US participated in an in-depth panel on this emerging strand of the industry at the CineLink Industry Days  

17 August 2022

Kristína Aschenbrennerová • Programme manager, Pop Up Film Residency

“Pop Up Film Residency Eurimages aims to create more space for women in the industry by providing support to the experienced filmmakers”

Kristína Aschenbrennerová • Programme manager, Pop Up Film Residency

The programme manager talks about the latest updates of the hub in the European film industry  

16 August 2022

EDMentorShe wraps its second year

Industry / Market - Europe

EDMentorShe wraps its second year

The second edition of the mentorship programme for distribution professionals, devised by Europa Distribution, has now wrapped in Brussels  

02 August 2022

The European Film Academy hosts the second Young Audience Summit

Education - Europe

The European Film Academy hosts the second Young Audience Summit

Young people and film lovers from 20 different countries participated in a hybrid event and discussed important issues such as diversity, gender representation and racism in film  

18 July 2022

"What’s next in mental health?" asked the experts at the inaugural OKRE Summit

Institutions / Legislation - UK/Europe

"What’s next in mental health?" asked the experts at the inaugural OKRE Summit

The panel focused on the different approaches to depicting mental health in film and media, and what could change for the better  

15 July 2022

The MiX returns to Milan under the banner of 'Back to Love'

MiX Festival 2022

The MiX returns to Milan under the banner of 'Back to Love'

From 16 to 19 June, the 36th edition of the Milano MiX Festival of Gay and Lesbian Cinema and Queer Culture returns with 50 films in competition  

14 June 2022

CIRCLE kicks off its fifth edition

Industry / Market - Serbia/Croatia/Italy

CIRCLE kicks off its fifth edition

This year’s Women Doc Accelerator gets its first module under way this week in Serbia, which will be followed by events in Croatia and at Trieste’s When East Meets West  

14 June 2022

Six LGBTI projects to be presented at the second Fire!! Lab

Industry / Market - Spain

Six LGBTI projects to be presented at the second Fire!! Lab

The event, which unspools as part of the Fire!! Film Festival, is being held in Barcelona from 13-15 June, and boasts tutors such as filmmakers Adrián Silvestre, David Matamoros and Ángeles Hernández  

13 June 2022

EFP and EWA Network kick off the new edition of 'Europe! Voices of Women in Film' at the Sydney Film Festival

Industry / Market - Europe/Australia

EFP and EWA Network kick off the new edition of 'Europe! Voices of Women in Film' at the Sydney Film Festival

During the online event, we got to know this year's selected directors and followed an intense discussion on the topics of inclusiveness and representation of gender in film  

10 June 2022

CineLink Industry Days announces new Female Voices Award, reveals projects selected for the Co-Production Market & Drama

Sarajevo 2022 – CineLink Industry Days

CineLink Industry Days announces new Female Voices Award, reveals projects selected for the Co-Production Market & Drama

Presented by the Slovenian Film Centre, the new cash award aims to promote female voices from the South East of Europe and will be granted to one project in development  

09 June 2022

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

CANNES 2022: Due to be set in motion at the Marché du Film on 22 May, in its first year, the new joint effort will grant total bursaries of €900,000  

20 May 2022

New (and old) distribution opportunities for LGBTQIA+ movies in an ever-changing environment

Lovers 2022 - Lovers Goes Industry

New (and old) distribution opportunities for LGBTQIA+ movies in an ever-changing environment

The evolution of queer cinema and the need to expand audiences formed the focus of discussion at Turin’s Lovers Film Festival  

09 May 2022

“That’s the main issue for us: access,” say female panellists at Movies that Matter

Movies that Matter 2022

“That’s the main issue for us: access,” say female panellists at Movies that Matter

During this year’s Take on Women in Film panel, female filmmakers discussed their projects and the challenges they encountered, and expressed solidarity with Ukraine  

26 April 2022

Valerio Filardo • Project Coordinator, Lovers Goes Industry

“The new challenge for LGBTQI+-themed films is to think about domestic consumption as early on as in the conception and writing phase”

Valerio Filardo • Project Coordinator, Lovers Goes Industry

The third edition of the LGBTQI+ industry days, linked to Turin’s Lovers Film Festival, will unspool on 29 and 30 April; we discussed the event with its coordinator  

25 April 2022

The Marché du Film introduces impACT Lab Workshops

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

The Marché du Film introduces impACT Lab Workshops

The transversal programme focusing on diversity, inclusion, representation, sustainability and equity will bring top industry leaders together with emerging producers  

22 April 2022

A new global taskforce to assess the social and cultural impact of entertainment content

Institutions / Legislation - Europe/USA

A new global taskforce to assess the social and cultural impact of entertainment content

Industry giants such as the BBC, Disney, ITV and others joined forces and announced the launch of the OKRE Summit  

12 April 2022

Eliza Subotowicz • Co-founder, HerArts Film Lab

“We want to invite the whole world – this is our mission”

Eliza Subotowicz • Co-founder, HerArts Film Lab

Cineuropa talked to the co-founder of the HerArts Film Lab, a new, week-long residential development workshop focused on content created by women  

22 March 2022

The UK’s Film and TV Charity launches The Whole Picture Toolkit

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Film and TV Charity launches The Whole Picture Toolkit

The brand new service will support the implementation of healthy working practices as part of the body’s Let’s Reset campaign  

21 March 2022

Kimberly Reed • Director of The Gender Project

“Is our lot in life based on the genes we’re born with, or can we overcome the destiny of our DNA?”

Kimberly Reed • Director of The Gender Project

Currently in development, the US director’s new project sets out to spark a conversation between all generations on a wide-ranging, non-binary spectrum  

17 March 2022

Raising Films Ireland publishes a study on major challenges for parents and carers working in the country’s audiovisual sector

Industry / Market - Ireland

Raising Films Ireland publishes a study on major challenges for parents and carers working in the country’s audiovisual sector

The report, based on a survey compiled from the replies of over 450 respondents, sheds light on the main critiques but also on some viable solutions  

08 March 2022

The Celebrating Women in MEDIA event set to launch from Zagreb

Industry / Market - Croatia

The Celebrating Women in MEDIA event set to launch from Zagreb

Established female film professionals such as Dubravka Turić, Christine A. Maier and Jasmila Žbanić are among the key participants  

07 March 2022

The UK’s Film and TV Charity publishes a study on mental health in the film and TV industry after COVID-19

Industry / Market - UK

The UK’s Film and TV Charity publishes a study on mental health in the film and TV industry after COVID-19

The body defined the results as “mildly encouraging” at first glance, but the pandemic and the recent production boom have brought new challenges alongside new opportunities  

23 February 2022

At the EFM, experts seek the benefits of equity data collection and inclusion policies

Berlinale 2022 - EFM

At the EFM, experts seek the benefits of equity data collection and inclusion policies

BERLINALE 2022: The panel shed light on the importance of these tools as a means to guarantee equal opportunities and the development of a fairer film industry  

16 February 2022

The Writers Lab for women screenwriters over 40 launches in Europe

Industry / Market - Europe

The Writers Lab for women screenwriters over 40 launches in Europe

Fremantle and HBO Max Nordic support the initiative that was first launched in the US and later expanded to the UK  

27 January 2022

Women still represent less than 25% of European film directors, as revealed by a European Audiovisual Observatory report

Industry / Market - Europe

Women still represent less than 25% of European film directors, as revealed by a European Audiovisual Observatory report

The study shows that the gender gap is less pronounced among producers, lead actors and screenwriters, whilst female DoPs and composers struggle to reach 10% of the continent’s audiovisual workforce  

12 January 2022

Europa Distribution’s EDMentorShe closes a successful first edition

Industry / Market - Europe

Europa Distribution’s EDMentorShe closes a successful first edition

The participants of the mentoring programme dedicated to women in film distribution met in Brussels in November to share the outcome of their experience  

14 December 2021

Four British filmmakers launch pressure group Underlying Health Conditions and reveal a report on accessibility issues in the audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - UK

Four British filmmakers launch pressure group Underlying Health Conditions and reveal a report on accessibility issues in the audiovisual industry

Writer Jack Thorne, actress Genevieve Barr, production manager Katie Player and producer Holly Luban launched the group at the Tate Gallery on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons  

07 December 2021

“Change is inevitable; it’s just annoying that it takes so long,” say critics at IDFA’s Representation and Diversity in Film Criticism panel

IDFA 2021 - IDFA for Professionals

“Change is inevitable; it’s just annoying that it takes so long,” say critics at IDFA’s Representation and Diversity in Film Criticism panel

Writers opened up about representation and the realities of their profession during a panel at the Dutch festival  

02 December 2021

Screen Ireland announces new Pathways scheme to ensure diversity

Industry / Market - Ireland

Screen Ireland announces new Pathways scheme to ensure diversity

Minister of Culture Catherine Martin has also launched phase III of the Speak Up initiative; both efforts will require a total public investment of €700,000  

25 October 2021

Cinekid’s Industry Forum presents keynote speeches on emotional ecology and inclusion

Cinekid 2021 – Cinekid for Professionals

Cinekid’s Industry Forum presents keynote speeches on emotional ecology and inclusion

Cinekid for Professionals hosted contributions from producer Ellen Windemuth and actor-producer Rodney Lam on how they have been making a difference through their work  

25 October 2021

A seminar on neurodiversity and inclusion in the screen industries organised by Screen Skills Ireland

Industry / Market - Ireland

A seminar on neurodiversity and inclusion in the screen industries organised by Screen Skills Ireland

The virtual event explored the different strategies and solutions to favour the inclusion of neurodiverse creative workers  

19 October 2021

The magic of storytelling can combat injustices and human rights violations, say panellists at Berlin’s Human Rights Film Festival

Industry / Market - Germany

The magic of storytelling can combat injustices and human rights violations, say panellists at Berlin’s Human Rights Film Festival

The speakers explored how powerful storytelling can help activists in their struggles, and how this can become a catalyst for social change  

01 October 2021

New app Call It! to monitor and prevent workplace bullying and discrimination in the film and TV industry

Industry / Market - UK

New app Call It! to monitor and prevent workplace bullying and discrimination in the film and TV industry

The tool will empower everyone working in the sector to record incidents anonymously, providing easy access to procedures for formal reporting and signposting mental-health support  

30 September 2021

At Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival, activists and experts discuss how to put a halt to climate change with positive storytelling

Industry / Market - Germany

At Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival, activists and experts discuss how to put a halt to climate change with positive storytelling

During the panel, speakers explored how positive storytelling can help activists to forge alliances, sensitise public opinion and stimulate good policymaking  

29 September 2021

The Film and TV Charity’s latest report discloses what is not working in the UK’s creative diversity agenda

Institutions / Legislation - UK

The Film and TV Charity’s latest report discloses what is not working in the UK’s creative diversity agenda

The study highlights the existence of a “lost generation” of talents who cannot benefit from the current diversity initiatives, as these mostly focus on nurturing young talent  

23 September 2021

Gender equality and inclusivity take centre stage at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2021 - Venice Production Bridge

Gender equality and inclusivity take centre stage at this year’s Venice Production Bridge

VENICE 2021: The 12-month update on the current state of things demonstrated that some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go to achieve true equality  

08 September 2021

Pop Up Film Residency Eurimages supports women in the film industry

Industry / Market - Slovakia

Pop Up Film Residency Eurimages supports women in the film industry

The special new residency is looking for women filmmakers who are currently developing their third or subsequent film project  

08 September 2021

Samereh Rezaie • Actress and director

“Cinemas and cultural centres have been closed”

Samereh Rezaie • Actress and director

The Afghan artist talks about how important it is for the international community to continue supporting women and human rights in Afghanistan  

03 September 2021

Sarajevo talks quotas vs. reality in women's position in the industry

Sarajevo 2021 - CineLink Industry Days

Sarajevo talks quotas vs. reality in women's position in the industry

Aida Begić, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Bianca Oana, Agustina Chiarino and Amra Bakšić Čamo discussed the most important aspects of the current situation  

19 August 2021

Lisa K Crosato  • Founder, City of Angels Women’s Film Festival

“I feel that Americans and Europeans can always learn from each other, and we face similar social issues in many ways”

Lisa K Crosato • Founder, City of Angels Women’s Film Festival

The founder of the Hollywood-based City of Angels Women’s Film Festival breaks down the upcoming edition of the event, set to take place in September  

28 July 2021

Industry professionals debate liberty and diversity of audiovisual creation in Cannes

Cannes 2021

Industry professionals debate liberty and diversity of audiovisual creation in Cannes

CANNES 2021: The CNC-organised debate "Liberty and Diversity in Creation: A Key Issue As Of the Writing Stage" allowed various actors within the audiovisual sector to make their voices heard  

19 July 2021

Fighting colonial patterns and valuing new talents in the age of streaming were the hot topics of impACT’s first panel

Cannes 2021 - Marché du Film

Fighting colonial patterns and valuing new talents in the age of streaming were the hot topics of impACT’s first panel

CANNES 2021: The talk took place at the Marché du Film’s Main Stage Lerins and saw the participation of three emerging women filmmakers along with veteran producer Ted Hope  

09 July 2021

Erol Mintaş  • Founder and artistic director, Academy of Moving People and Images

“The initiative has stimulated debate on diversity issues and inclusion within the Finnish industry”

Erol Mintaş • Founder and artistic director, Academy of Moving People and Images

The non-institutional academy founded by the Helsinki-based filmmaker is an open platform teaching “mobile people” the crafts of filmmaking  

24 June 2021

CIRCLE kicks off with 12 new projects

Industry / Market - Serbia/Montenegro/Italy

CIRCLE kicks off with 12 new projects

The fourth edition of the Women Doc Accelerator starts with its first module this week in Serbia, which will be followed by events in Montenegro and at Trieste's When East Meets West  

08 June 2021

Cannes’ Marché du Film launches impACT

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

Cannes’ Marché du Film launches impACT

A new programme backed by Microsoft aims to focus on diversity, inclusion, representation, sustainability, and responsible and ethical data in the film industry  

07 June 2021

Swedish startup Ceretai launches ValueCine, a web platform delivering diversity statistics on audiovisual productions

Industry / Market - Sweden

Swedish startup Ceretai launches ValueCine, a web platform delivering diversity statistics on audiovisual productions

The initiative is being supported by SF Studios, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), Vinnova and Herflix  

19 May 2021

Lindsey Dryden  • Co-founder, FWD-Doc

“The idea for the Toolkit came to life in a conversation between Doc Society’s Jessica Edwards, Netflix’s Katy Driscoll and myself back in autumn 2020”

Lindsey Dryden • Co-founder, FWD-Doc

How can we make filmmaking authentically accessible and inclusive for the D/deaf and disabled? The FWD-Doc Toolkit provides some useful answers  

28 April 2021

Antonia Kilian  • Director of The Other Side of the River

“There is this hope for changing something for the better as a woman, for other women”

Antonia Kilian • Director of The Other Side of the River

In this documentary by the German filmmaker, the real fight for women continues away from the frontlines  

27 April 2021

Review: Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam

CPH:DOX 2021 - Nordic:Dox Award

Review: Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Turkish-Norwegian filmmaker Nefise Özkal Lorentzen's documentary follows one of Europe's first female imams, a feminist fighting for equal rights and a progressive Islam  

23 April 2021

Series review: Zero

Series / Reviews - Italy

Series review: Zero

This Italian series led by a young man who turns his social invisibility into a superpower is dropping today on Netflix, in a triumph for multiculturalism, inclusion and the fight against prejudice  

21 April 2021

Generation Inclusion set to foster young filmmaking talents from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Industry / Market - Netherlands

Generation Inclusion set to foster young filmmaking talents from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The new Dutch development initiative launched last week, with backers including Netflix, Amazon, Viacom and Youtube  

19 April 2021

Liza van der Smissen and Nicole Lieberman • Founders, Female Film Club

“We want to tell women that what they have to say matters”

Liza van der Smissen and Nicole Lieberman • Founders, Female Film Club

The Female Film Club is here to provide an extra push for the female and non-binary international film community  

06 April 2021

Meetings on the Bridge is “creating strong female characters”

Istanbul 2021 – Meetings on the Bridge

Meetings on the Bridge is “creating strong female characters”

The Istanbul Film Festival’s industry platform is organising a special cinema talk on the depiction of female characters in films and TV series  

02 April 2021

The Alice Guy Prize goes to Cuties

Festivals / Awards - France

The Alice Guy Prize goes to Cuties

Maïmouna Doucouré’s feature debut has taken home the trophy for the best female-directed French film of 2020  

26 March 2021

Edita Bilaver Galinec • Project coordinator, Film for Kids at Hospital

“Ideally, the films we screen should convey a strong message, urging a call to action”

Edita Bilaver Galinec • Project coordinator, Film for Kids at Hospital

The mission of this important European initiative is to give sick children in hospitals and rehabilitation centres access to high-quality films  

25 March 2021

Ivana Hucíková homes in on the Velvet Generation of young queer and trans people

Production / Funding - Slovakia

Ivana Hucíková homes in on the Velvet Generation of young queer and trans people

The emerging Slovak documentarian plans to capture the everyday lives of the Eastern European LGBTQ+ community in her debut feature-length doc  

23 March 2021

Erich Pommer Institut unveils selection for new programme SERIES' WOMEN

Industry / Market - Europe

Erich Pommer Institut unveils selection for new programme SERIES' WOMEN

The first career enhancement programme for female producers in the European drama series industry picks 20 participants  

18 March 2021

The BBC publishes its 2021-2023 Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Industry / Market - UK

The BBC publishes its 2021-2023 Diversity & Inclusion Plan

The new report initiates an ambitious ten-point plan by the UK public broadcaster to continue its progress in this realm  

08 March 2021

When you tell your own story, you are creating your future, argue panellists at the EWA Network's annual event

Industry / Market - Europe

When you tell your own story, you are creating your future, argue panellists at the EWA Network's annual event

Gender equality and diversity were on everyone's mind during the online event organised by the European Women's Audiovisual Network  

26 February 2021

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