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Women talks at Berlinale 2019

Alexia Muiños Ruiz
Alexia Muiños Ruiz

Berlinale signs the Pledge 50/50 by 2020

This year's Berlinale was certainly packed with interesting women-centered events such as :


Organised by Wift Germany, we had the pleasure to attend the signing of the pledge 50/50 by 2020 by Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.

The signing was followed by several discussions, such as the masterclass , or conversation between Anne Serner (CEO of SFI) and Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd.

Money, Power and Responsibility, a debate moderated by Wendy Mitchell with Eurimages Director, Roberto Olla, Lindsay Peters (Exec.Director Frontieres) and Elisa Alvares (Venture capitalist).

Was then held the presentation about the WIFT LA, programme ReFRAME by Kirsten Schaffer. To close the event, a new European initiative offering gender debates led by post-production house Chimney in partnership with Women in Film and television international, whose director Helene Grandqvist mentioned all the networks included in the WifTi association.

A discussion panel moderated by Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, introducing the central question : "How are women in the industry pushing for change ?".

Surrounding the topic of women in film and the importance of intersectional feminism within the industry, a very interesting dicussion took place among the panelists Andrea Riseborough (the star of opening night film The Kindness of Strangers, on stage and whose production company Mother Sucker prods. co-sponsored the event), Joanna Vincente - executive director of Toronto International Film Festival -, Berenice Vincent who is the co-founder of Le Deuxième Regard, the writer-director Jenna Bass (Flatland) and Akua Gyamfi, who created the British Blacklist.

Berenice Vincent, Jenna Bass, Akua Gyamfi, Andrea Riseborough, Joanna Vincente, Melissa Silverstein at Berlin's Regent Hotel


(UN)Equal Pay - Participation & Percentage with Anna Serner (Swedish Film Institute, Sweden), Pauline Durand-Vialle (FERA, Belgium), Kirsten Schaffer (Women In Film/ ReFrame, USA) Moderated by Alessia Sonaglioni (EWA- European Women’s Audiovisual Network)

International Round Table of Women's Organisations in Film and Media at the Berlin International Film Festival by Pro Quote Film


Masterclass of Agnès Vardà after the premiere of ther last film to be, Vardà per Agnès

All pictures by Alexia Muiños