#7 July 2015

Dear friends and members,

What a thrilling few months for Women in Film and the EWA Network! Our first workshop on Multiple Revenue Stream training for future films in Glasgow went off with a great start as the 15 participants really discovered how they could produce independently using crowd-funding techniques, viral marketing and other opportunities from new technologies. The tutors from Distrify Media (Andy Green and Kobi Shely) and Seed & Spark (Emily Best) as well as the trainers, including Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute (on audience building), Sonia Mariaulle (trailer-making expert), Holly Aylett (on European policy) and Miranda Fleming (Indiegogo, UK) to name but a few shared their know-how generously to the great benefit of the participants. The co-working space: The Whisky Bond was an ideal location to kick off the innovative course as it brings togethrer artists and musicians from a wide range of creative backgrounds. There have also been many successful crowd-funding campaigns by EWA members, including:"Undocument", "2:HRS" and "Kaya" (which is ongoing).

On another note, political progress towards greater gender equality via public funds also ploughs ahead. In Spain, initatives by ICAA and at regional level in Galicia have ensured greater equality for support of projects with women creatives attached (directors, producers, etc.) - 45% share of funding... EWA’s research project in collaboration with seven national funds and some supra-national funds is driving ahead change and there is a high-level conference to be held on Friday 14 August in Sarajevo, with representatives from 47 European national authorities and funds all coming together to prepare and share a declaration on women in film and how to achieve greater equality in this area. This is being organised by the Bosnian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. EWA Network will be represented by Ms Holly Aylett, Head of Research, who will be involved in the task force working on the drafting of the declaration. It is hoped that this declaration will later become a Recommendation to be adopted by the 47 Council of Europe members states. This would represent real political progress. Anna Serner, CEO of the SFI, and Sanja Ravlic, Eurimages representive for the Croatian Audiovisual Centre will also be on the panel as will Beryl Richards from Director’s UK and other guests.

Summer certainly does not always equate with just being on vacation and whilst our Head of Research, Holly Aylett will be busy further developing the EWA research project, along with our national researchers, those of you attending Locarno film festival can attend a panel moderated by EWA Director Francine Raveney, scheduled to take place on Monday 10 August at the Hotel Belvedere (2.30-5.30pm - pre-registration necessary). The panel on "Women in the industry: spotlight on success stories" will feature guest panelists, including Anna Serner, CEO SFI, Bettina Oberli (Swiss director) and another female producer to be confirmed shortly. Isabel Castro (Deputy Executive Director, Eurimages) and Pauline Durand-Vialle (Director, FERA) will also be attending.

To close the summer EWA is organising or is part of three events at the Venice Film Festival: a press conference on first findings from our research study on Saturday 5 September, a networking apéritif later that day and a presentation of the MRST4FF training course on Sunday 6 September during the industry days. If you are keen to attend any of these events please send us an e-mail at: contact@ewawomen.com

We may be a little slower to reply than usual in August, but we will be back in touch. 

Wishing you a happy and fruitful summer!

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