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Óscars 2022, a great moment for women in cinema.

Jane Campion, became the third female film-maker ever and the second in a row to win best director in the 94-year history of the Academy Awards.

Director Sian Heder won the night’s top gong, taking home best picture and best adapted screenplay, for Coda – just her second feature-length film and the first win for Apple. And earlier in the night, Ariana DeBose win best supporting actress. At just 20, Billie Eilish won for best original song, and costume designer Jenny Beavan picked up her third Oscar for her work on Cruella.

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Jane Campion wins best director Oscar

Jane Campion wins best director Oscar for The Power of the Dog.

Janne Campion becomes the third woman to win the award, after Chloé Zhao in 2021 and Kathryn Bigelow in 2010.

Janne Campion has already won a string of prizes for the film, including best director at the Baftas, Golden Globes and Directors Guild of America awards, and the Silver Lion prize for best director at the Venice film festival. This is her second Oscar win, having taken the best original screenplay award in 1994 for The Piano; she was nominated for best director for the same film but lost to Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List.

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The role of women in film, by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

French-Italian actress and director, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, has talked to Euronews about the role of women in film, and how perceptions have changed. See more Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi talks frankly about women in film | Euronews

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European film industry

The European film industry has been impacted for two years by the pandemic, but it has been able to resist and organize itself thanks to its production methods and its great diversity. British, Danish, Bosnian, French and Romanian films have won numerous international prizes and shone on big and smaller screens.

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg was the big winner of the 2020 European Film Awards with Another Round – and it also won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film in early 2021, bringing in a top honour for European cinema.

February’s Berlinale was held in hybrid conditions caused by covid, with a jury of Golden Bear award-winning European directors.

Romanian Radu Jude got the top prize for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn – a somewhat crazy pandemic era comedy… which was a co-production bringing together four European countries.

Europe Creative was present in Cannes in July, reminding the industry of the importance of the Commission’s support for European co-productions. See more at Euronews. By Frédéric Ponsard

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2022 Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced (8) the nominees for the 2022 Academy Awards. Among the highlights are a number of films starring, directed or produced by women, as “Attack of the Dogs”, which accumulated 12 nominations, and “Love, Sublime Love”, with seven.

In the main category of the award, Best Film, nominated works produced by women account for half of the 10 films nominated. Still, female producers represent only 30% of the nominations. The feature films nominated were “Belfast,” with Laura Berwick on its producing staff; “Dune,” with Mary Parent; “Licorice Pizza,” produced by Sara Murphy; “Attack of the Dogs,” by Jane Campion and Tanya Seghatchian; and “Love, Sublime Love,” by Kristie Macosko.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On 11 February, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was marked, with the motto: “Equity, diversity, and inclusion: water unites us.” Organisations such as the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the United Nations continue to work towards achieving equality in science, technology and innovation, in line with the goals set out in the UN Agenda 2030. See the events that took place in portugal: No Dia Internacional das Mulheres e Raparigas na Ciência, cinco eventos para as celebrar | Causas | PÚBLICO (publico.pt)

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EWA TALKS: A MASTERCLASS WITH CHRISTINA SULEBAKK HBO MAX EMEA GENERAL MANAGER

Christina Sulebakk was appointed General Manager of HBO Europe in July 2020 and in January 2021 she was announced as General Manager HBO Max EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). In her current role, Christina is responsible for upgrading current HBO streaming services in existing markets (HBO Nordic, HBO España, HBO Portugal and HBO Go in Central Eastern Europe) to HBO Max services during 2021, and for the expansion in due course of HBO Max into more territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

More: EWA TALKS: a masterclass with Christina Sulebakk HBO MAX EMEA General Manager – EWA Women

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Seville European Film Festival

For the last 15 years, the Seville European Film Festival has built step by step to become now one of the three or four most important film industry events in Spain.
The Seville European Film Festival has seen an increasing dynamism from Andalusia itself in terms of filmmaking and institutional infrastructure.

Women in Focus, for example, will team with the Andalusian Assn. of Women in Audiovisual Media (AAMMA), to host this year two masterclasses delivered by Gloria Bretones, director of sales agency Begin Again Films and script consultant Ana Sánz-Magallón.

More: Festival de Sevilla | Festival de Cine Europeo (festivalcinesevilla.eu)

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Cate Shortland

The Buenos Aires native is prepping the release of the MCU’s fourth phase, beginning with Black Widow (July 9) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Sept. 3) — helmed by the first solo female (Cate Shortland) and Asian (Destin Daniel Cretton) directors for the studio, respectively.

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Women Directed Record Number of 2020 Films

Hollywood tapped a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

Women represented 16% of directors working on the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, a high-water mark for female representation behind the camera. That’s up from 12% in 2019 and a lowly 4% in 2018, and a sign that the pressure on studios to promote more female filmmakers may be resulting in tangible change.

Of course, this was a year like no other, one that saw the theatrical business brought to a virtual standstill for months due to coronavirus. That also meant that some of the biggest budgeted films boasting female filmmakers, such as Chloe Zhao’s “The Eternals” and Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” had their releases pushed into 2021. Zhao did helm the Oscar hopeful “Nomadland,” while other female filmmakers such as Cathy Yan (“Birds of Prey”) and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman 1984”) oversaw some of the year’s highest-profile releases. Original article from Brent Lang