On the eve of the LUX Prize, FERA and SAA in partnership with EWA, organised a dinner in Strasbourg to discuss equal opportunities and the challenge of building a sustainable career for female directors
in the European film industry. The dinner was hosted by Ms Nadja Hirsch, MEP and Vice Chair on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
The event was introduced by Ms Nadja Hirsch and the keynote speaker was Ms Benja Stig-Fagerland, author of the soon-to-be-published “SHEconomy – it’s your business” who has made a significant contribution to the debate on gender balance in the Nordic countries.
Several film directors attended the event, including the Lux Prize finalists Clio Barnard and Felix van Groeningen. Deputy Executive director of Eurimages, Isabel Castro, also attended along with other representatives from political authorities.
Ms Cécile Despringre and Ms Nadja Hirsch
Ms Benja Stig-Fagerland, SHEconomy and women rights specialist
Ms Elisabeth O.Sjaastad, Chief executive of FERA
Ms Beryl Richards, Director and Chair of the Women’s Committee for Directors UK
Lou Jeunet, Director and Board member of 25 Images, France
Mr Julio Talavera, Analyst from the European Audiovisual Observatory