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2019 EWA Network Annual Event in Berlin

Alexia Muiños Ruiz
Alexia Muiños Ruiz

EWA Annual Event in Berlin

The signing of the pledge, equal pay and greater gender equality were key topics in the 2019 Berlinale where EWA Network organised its annual members meeting in the rooms of Collegium Hungaricum right in the city center.

EWA Network's director Alessia Sonaglioni, greeted the crowd of members and provided a recap about EWA's activities throughout the year before inviting  the winner of the Scriptwriter's Residency, Ivona Juka to the stage.

From left to right : Alessia Sonaglioni, Francine Raveney, Kate Kinninmont and Brigid O'Shea

Ivona Juka shared the teaser of her project Lambs in Wolfskin as well as her experience after working hand in hand with Suzanne Pradel during a month in Berlin, and attending the European Film Market.

Suzanne Pradel (left) and Ivona Juka (right)

After the introduction of the facilitators of the Daring Circles discussions, the group split to gather around the table in which they wished to participate.

During the 2019 Berlinale, the EWA team and members were part of four different groups according to the topics of interest approached in each circle :

Private and Professional Life Balance with Kate Kinninmont
Kate Kinninmont introduced the audience to the topic of Combining work and family while working in the audiovisual sector.

Networking in Festivals and Markets with Brigid O'Shea
Brigid O'Shea, Head of Dok Leipzig Co-Prod Market, unveiled the secrets of Networking at Festivals and help newcomers to touch base in the EFM.

Self-Promotion in the Industry with Francine Raveney
Francine Raveney introduced the keys on how to promote oneself in the audiovisual sector

Chasing the Money with Alessia Sonaglioni
Alessia Sonaglioni helped a large group of our members into the tricky subject of chasing the money

After a coffee break the members took part in a Speed-Networking event in order to make sure that every member present could meet and interact with each other at least once. Thanks to this event, members discussed their respective projects together and exchanged contact details in order to hook up again later on.

Focus on women composers

Alessia Sonaglioni introduced the talk with a focus on women composers.
Composers Christine Aufderhaar and Jasmine Reuter shared  the way they craft their music for films and audiovisual content with the audience.

They spoke of the challenges they are facing in the industry being a mere 3% of working film composers and sometimes having their expertise put into question. Unequal pay is often a subject that women working in the audiovisual sector have to face.

The event was wrapped up with some drinks attended by more friends and special guests.