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Article from THE CONVERSATION

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Chloé Zhao has made history at the 93rd Academy Awards as the first Asian-American woman and first woman of colour to win Best Director. She won for Nomadland, which Zhao also edited, produced, and adapted as a screenplay (from the book by Jessica Bruder).
This was one of a trifecta of above-the-line prizes that went to women. Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman and Zhao for Best Picture.

Emerald Fennell, winner of the award for best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, enters the press room. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Women were also celebrated in technical areas where sexism and gender disparity are even more entrenched.
Michelle Couttolenc won an award for Best Sound (Sound of Metal) and Jan Pascale for Best Set Decoration (Mank). Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson made history as the first African-American winners in the category of makeup and hairstyling (with Sergio Lopez-Rivera) for their contributions to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Women also accepted awards as film producers: Dana Murray won Best Animated Feature with Pete Docter (Soul), Alice Doyard won Best Documentary Short with Anthony Giacchino (Collette) and Pippa Ehrlich won Best Documentary Feature with James Reed (My Octopus Teacher).
by Julia Erhart
Read the full article at https://theconversation.com/oscars-2021-5-experts-on-the-wins-the-words-the-wearable-art-and-a-big-year-for-women-159697

Photo: Emerald Fennell, winner of the award for best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, enters the press room. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

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WHY DO WOMEN STRUGGLE TO BE SEEN AND HEARD IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?

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An expert-led free panel on gender equality in film, TV, and theatre. The event will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A.
Tue, 14 September 2021 – 18:00 – 19:00 WEST – registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-do-women-struggle-to-be-seen-and-heard-in-the-creative-industries-tickets-168935447471?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

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Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival

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Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Women’s Film Festival, which took place in November 2020, continued to showcase the cinematographic work of women from the Mediterranean basin.
During an intense week full of films, roundtables, masterclasses and workshops, shared experiences on how to position / boost women’s work in the film industry and we will debate on the importance of promoting social change through looks in film and festivals.

This 2020 edition also included the educational and collaboration project between film festivals on women – Awareness and Empowerment – which involves partners from Spain, France, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Turkey.

OLHARES do MEDITERRÂNEO – WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL, this year’s edition (2022) will take place from 17 to 20 February, at the Auditório Municipal de Pinhal Novo, Palmela. https://www.olharesdomediterraneo.org/os-olhares-em-palmela-2a-edicao_om2022/

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Portuguese Films Directed by Women in 2020

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In the atypical year of 2020, the Portuguese films with the highest visibility at national and international level, were directed by women: Listen, by Ana Rocha de Sousa, and A Metamorfose dos Pássaros, by Catarina Vasconcelos.

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Trailer BE NATURAL

Teresa Valente

A valuable contribution to the conversation about the challenges women face as filmmakers, can be seen in Pamela B Green’s documentary, Be Natural, about the “lost” foremother of film, Alice Guy-Blaché. https://benaturalthemovie.com/

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IMAGINE THIS WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL IS GOING VIRTUAL!

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#ITWIFF21 will be presenting more than 160+ films, talkbacks, live panels, fireside chats, screenplay competition table reads, and special events. Made by women and binary filmmakers, for everyone.
From September 24th to October 3rd – see the program: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imagine-this-womens-international-film-festival-tickets-168509164447?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

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WORLD’S LEADING FILM FINANCE CONFERENCE BASED IN UK

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Film Finance Forum 2021 Film Finance Forum in London, UK is the leading virtual film finance conference 2021, focusing on film finance, film distribution, film production and film investments. It brings together film funds, film producers, executive producers, heads of content, film directors, film festival directors and film investors from Hollywood, AFM, British Film industry BFI, as well as European film industry including France Cannes, Italy, Spain and Berlinale, Germany.. For more info visit: https://filmfinanceforum.co.uk
Thu, 14 Oct 2021, 09:00 – Fri, 15 Oct 2021, 15:30 WEST
Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-finance-summit-2021-tickets-163746537301?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1