On Friday 16 December 2016, the EWA Network, the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund and the Polish Female Filmmakers Association organised an afternoon conference on Gender Equality in the European Film Industry. The well-attended event took place at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and had, of course, a special focus on the Polish industry.
The event was introduced by Irena Strzalkowska, Deputy Director of the "Tor" Film Studio and Polish representative to the Board of Eurimages.
The first part of the conference focused on initiatives and research at the European level:
Isabel Castro, EWA's Treasurer and Eurimages Deputy Executive Director, presented the gender strategy of the Fund and recent findings from the studies undertaken by Eurimages.
Ewa Puszczynska, Polish producer and Vice-President of the EWA Network presented the EWA Network and outlined the benefits of membership for Polish professionals.
Francine Raveney , EWA's head of PR and Research, presented the key findings from EWA Network's research report: “Where are the female directors in European films”.
The second section focused on iniatives undertaken in Poland:
The Polish Female Filmmakers Association was presented by its director Barbara Bialowas.
This was followed by the presentation of a pilot research report by Monika Talarczyk-Gubala, PhD, looking at women's status in the Polish film industry.
The afternoon ended with a lively discussion with directors Anna Kazejak, Anna Jadowska and Artur Wyrzykowski and producers Jerzy Kapuscinski and Ewa Puszczynska, led by Irena Strzalkowska.
The event was moderated by Susan Newman-Baudais, Eurimages project manager and EWA Network advisor and ended with a networking drink for all attendees.