Women in Focus Talks in Sevilla
During a very busy week, with EWA’s representatives attending gender events in Norway and in Spain, we are delighted to report that women’s ongoing desire for empowerment is unstoppable, especially at a time when some people are trying to erode these values.
Women in Focus is an initiative focused on women in the European film industry. These talks were held in the context of the European Film Festival in Sevilla, Spain. Acknowledgment goes to Jose Luis Cienfuegos, Festival Director and AAMMA (Andalusian Association of Women in the Media) to build this opportunity to discuss Women’s work in the industry.
The session was opened by Oliva Acosta and Ana Rosa Diego, AAMMA’s president and vice-president, to acknowledge the support they received from partner institutions and to note that this is also a moment of celebration, as things are already changing.
"Where they spoke in our place" was the title of the speech by playwright Margarita Borja, vice-president of Clásicas y Modernas association, who described the situation of women in the performing arts and cinema.
We want to shoot in Sweden! Women in the European film industry
This table was conducted by May Silva, director of Fundación Audiovisual de Andalucía , Alexia Muiños, EWA’s Deputy Director, and Isabel Castro, Eurimages Deputy Executive Director.
May Silva presented statistics regarding the Andalusian Film Industry and mentioned the books recently published gathering all the women filmmakers in the Spanish Industry. Alexia Muíños presented EWA’s track record emphasizing the efforts in enhancing women’s visibility and the first findings of the pan-European research managed by EWA, stressing the relevance of collecting and monitoring data. Isabel Castro introduced some statistics gathered by the Eurimages Gender Equality Group and explained in the way they can work to try to include some suggestions proposed in the Sarajevo Declaration
Without women it is not cinema: Celebrating women’s talent
From left to right: Pepa Álvarez, Oliva Acosta, Elena López Riera, Manuela Ocón, Mercedes Moncada, Manuel Jiménez.
The third panel was composed of Manuela Ocón, production manager of the renowned film La Isla Mínima, Manuel Jiménez Núñez, producer-writer-director of the documentary Las Sin Sombrero, about the forgotten women artists of 1927, and film directors Pepa Álvarez, Mercedes Moncada and Elena López Riera.