# 6 May 2015

Well that was an incredibly eventful past few months!

From Patricia Arquette’s now famous speech waving for wage equality ‘once and for all’ during the Oscars to Keira Knightley asking where the female stories are, it seems gender equality is becoming one hell of a hot topic and no more hidden under the table! However things are not as bright as we may want to see them as we are harshly pulled back into reality when looking at this year’s Berlinale statistics, with only three out of the 23 films competing directed by women.

During the Berlinale’s “Get Networked Up” event aimed at women in the film industry and their networks, Dr Ralf Kleindiek – State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth – was not alone in emphasizing how outrageously low that statistic was. It therefore becomes clearer that tackling gender disparities in the cinema industry is unavoidable if we want these numbers to change. So if you are still sceptical about taking on such topics for fear of being considered a bra-burning, man-hating feminist, yet cannot help but feel there are some subtle forms of discrimination behind the veil of glamour – act upon it!

 Thankfully though, EWA is happy to announce its recent success in presenting their innovative training course “Multiple revenue stream training for future films” (detailed in the Ewa on the Go and Training Sections) at the Creative Europe day which was widely attended by hundreds of beneficiaries and stakeholders interested in discussing innovative European film business models and learning more about the project selections.

 

What’s more, things have been hotting up, as we were proud to welcome you all to the Malaga Film Festival to enjoy a beautiful selection of films directed by women during the evening of Saturday 18th. Busy times have been continuing with a research workshop on 23 April in Strasbourg, as well as various training courses which took place all over Europe, notably one on film funding in Rome, and another on business strategies in Istanbul - both at the end of April.

On another exciting note, EWA is currently preparing for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organizing its usual Networking Happy Hour Event in collaboration with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for all of you to combine your streaks of genius and folie! This will be topped up by coaching sessions with Alessia Sonaglioni (lawyer and film finance expert) during the festival, as well as a presentation by EWA Director Francine Raveney during the Producers Network Breakfast sessions and a Coalition of Filmmakers Event on 18 May.

As for post-Cannes preparations, EWA will be delighted to moderate a panel during the Locarno Film Festival as well as share their first findings from their pan-European research project “Where are the Women Directors in European films? Data Mapping with Best Practice Recommendations” at a conference during the Venice Film Festival in early September. Not to mention a session on empowering filmmakers to take place on 21 July in Tel Aviv

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