Girls just wanna have film!

What place for Women in today's industry ?

The European Audiovisual Observatory announced the 2014 Cannes workshop

The place of women in today’s film industry was the focus of this year’s European Audiovisual Observatory annual Cannes workshop. The workshop was entitled:


and it took place on the first Saturday of the Cannes Film Market (17.5.2014) from 11:00 to 13:00 in the Salon des Ambassadeurs on the 4th floor of the Palais des Festivals.

The Observatory provided its traditional round-up of market intelligence for the world film markets and also looked at the recently adopted European film rules (the new cinema communication) before moving on to the theme of this year’s workshop.

Moderated by André Lange, Head of the Observatory's Department for Information on Markets and Financing, three major market studies on the contribution of women in today’s film industry were presented. In its own brand new study, the Strasbourg-based Observatory looked at admissions, percentages of women directors and genre issues. Studies by the French CNC and the British Film Institute were also presented which focused on the place of women in the film industry and on female screenwriters respectively. The speakers were Julio Talavera Milla (Observatory), Vivienne Avery (Head of Research and Statistics, BFI) and Benoît Danard (Head of Research, Statistics and Prospective at the French CNC).  

These studies were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Susan Newman (Eurimages) which asked what can be done to even up the odds for women working in film today. The Observatory brought together film makers, producers and decision-makers at a political level in order to examine possible solutions such as positive discrimination in order to encourage women film makers. 

Speakers on the panel included Nik Powell from the National Film and TV School, UK, Jani Thiltges from Samsa Films and Head of Studies EAVE, Sanja Ravlic from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (and EWA's special ambassador for Croatia), Beryl Richards - Vice Chair of Directors UK and Tilde Corsi (Producer, R & C Produzioni SRL). 

As every year, this workshop was open to all Marché du Film and Festival as well as press accreditations.

Press contact in Cannes:

Alison Hindhaugh,

Tel: + 33 (0) 3 684352743

info here