News & Events

Marni Jackson – Screened

Women in View on Screen 2013

2013 Women in View on Screen report shows consistent underrepresentation of women in Canadian film industry


The findings of our 2013 Women in View on Screen report – released this morning at the St. John’s Women’s Film Festival – show that women continue to be under-represented in the key content-determining positions of director, writer and cinematographer in Canadian film. Despite a small increase in numbers from last year’s study, those receiving funding to create content for Canadian media in no way represent the diversity of the Canadian population.

In our second annual Women in View on Screen report, we examined 76 feature-length fiction films and 13 feature-length documentary films receiving production investment from Telefilm Canada in 2012.


Key findings from Women in View on Screen 2013:

Women represented:

  • 23% of documentary directors
  • 20 % of fiction writers
  • 10% of fiction cinematographers
  • 6% of documentary cinematographers

and, in their best showing,

  • 30% of documentary writers

Racialized women were sharply underrepresented in all categories at only:

  • 2 of 78 fiction directors
  • 3 of 107 fiction writers
  • and were altogether absent from documentary production.


“There is a sharp disconnect between the assumption that women have ‘come a long way’ and the hard reality behind these numbers,” said Fraticelli. “This report is intended to keep women ‘in the frame ‘ and to spark a policy discussion.”

“The underemployment of women cuts across the entire spectrum of media industries and professions,” said Ferne Downey, President ACTRA National.” By launching the Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen initiative this year, ACTRA is stepping up our commitment to keep gender on the agenda. It’s 2013 – is this where we thought we’d be?”

Noreeen Golfman, Founding Director and Chair  of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Dean of Graduate Studies, Memorial University commented, ” We felt it was important to launch these annual reports at this festival.The lack of diversity behind the camera is more than an industry issue. It affects what we see on screen and that makes it an issue for every media consumer.”


Click here to read the report in its entirety.

Women in View on CBC’s The Current

Women in Film: Breaking through the Celluloid Ceiling

Brave's Merida has been given a Disney princess makeover, complete with a smaller waist, bigger breasts and glamorous dress

Brave’s Merida has been given a Disney princess makeover, complete with a smaller waist, bigger breasts and glamorous dress

On June 7, CBC’s The Current featured a segment on women in film with guest speakers Stacy Smith, USC Annenberg and Head Researcher for The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Brave creator Brenda Chapman, and Women in View Executive Director Rina Fraticelli. They discussed the underrepresentation of women on screen and behind the scenes in both the American and Canadian film industries, with insight from Brenda Chapman’s experience in the industry. Recently, Chapman has been very vocal about the sexualization of Brave’s leading lady, Merida, now inducted into the Disney Princess Hall of Fame.

Listen to the episode here.

Women in View on TV Report Released Today!

Our first annual report on the status of women in Canadian live action television series has been released.

An accurate representation of content-creation for Canadian TV.

An accurate representation of content-creation for Canadian TV.












We will continue to update this page including press coverage on the report.

Click here to read the report in its entirety.

Click here to read Executive Director Rina Fraticelli’s Toronto Star Commentary.

Click here to read Huffington Post coverage.

Click here to read Vancouver Sun article.

Click here to read our CBC coverage.

Screen shot 2013-05-31 at 11.01.19 AM Screen shot 2013-05-31 at 11.02.15 AMScreen shot 2013-05-31 at 10.34.48 AM


Focus on Women 2013

Focus on Women 2013




Higher Learning: Women in View – SEXMONEYMEDIA 2013

Tuesday, June 4 from 2:00pm-3:30pm


TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

350 King St. West


Women are tipping the balance at the box office in both Canada and the US according to recent stats, finally displacing teen boys. So will we see a revolution in content and content creators? Our ever-expanding media landscape should offer the possibility of increased diversity on screen. It makes sense for “product” to reflect the increasingly diversified global audience, yet what’s on offer seems to be more of the same, by the same.

Join us for a lively discussion with a distinguished panel of media leaders. Panelists include Globe and Mail television critic John Doyle; ACTRA National President  Ferne Downey; Head of Sundance Productions Laura Michalchyshynand Dr. Stacy SmithUSC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism; Head Researcher, Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. The discussion will be moderated by Rina Fraticelli, Executive Director of Women in View.

This event is a co-presentation between TIFF Higher Learning and Women in View.

SEXMONEYMEDIA will follow a 10:00 AM press conference to launch “Focus on Women 2013,” the first pan-Canadian report to examine the participation of women in Canada’s independent film, television and digital media production sector.

HOW TO OBTAIN TICKETS: Tickets to this event are free. Please contact Christine Webber to book a ticket for the panel or for more information.

Executive producer Karen Powell named NSI Features First program advisor

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of respected executive producer Karen Powell to the position of NSI Features First program advisor.

NSI Features First is the development launch pad for writer/director/producer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal. The course is led by NSI senior program manager Brandice Vivier.

Karen Powell, partner in Perfect Circle Productions, brings 16+ years of experience to NSI Features First as an executive producer, producer and business affairs executive, working on over 10 treaty co-productions and closing over $145 million in financing. Karen is a member of ACE (ateliers du cinema european) and is a creative leader 2012 through Women In View.

Karen executive produced Short Fat Bald Man, provided production services on Nerds & Monsters and business affairs on recently-released The Colony. Previously she produced Edison & Leo, co-producedThe Timekeeper and Tail Lights Fade, and executive produced NSI Features First project On The Corner.

“I’m excited to join the National Screen Institute’s faculty,” said Karen Powell. “NSI is an extremely worthwhile organization with an excellent reputation for delivering industry training that gets results. It’s also filled with great people and I’m happy to join their ranks.”

“Karen Powell is a powerhouse in the Canadian film world and we are thrilled to welcome her to the NSI Features First team,” said Melissa Kajpust, director of programming at NSI. “We hope with the addition of Karen to our training faculty we can keep successes like the TIFF 2012 premiere of NSI Features First project I Declare War coming.”

NSI Features First 2013 is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program PartnersThe Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; and Strategic Sponsor Corus Entertainment Inc.

All media enquiries

Lauren MacDiarmid, Communications & Programs Coordinator
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

The 1st Time Project

Creative Leader Ngozi Paul’s significant contribution to representing women on screen:

The 1st Time Project

The 1st Time Project

The 1st Time project is an intimate trans-media initiative that centres around women’s 1st sexual experiences.  An interactive website, feature documentary, and live performance piece, the 1stTime Project sparks conversation, crossing cultural, economic and generational boundaries. Offering women’s 1st time stories as an invitation, we welcome women into a real conversation about sex – one we hope they will then be excited to have with their daughters, sons, grandmothers and second cousin’s sister-in-laws.

The project began when director Ngozi Paul interviewed her own mother and grandmother about their 1st times as part of a Toronto International Film Festival talent lab.  On camera her grandmother revealed the terrible truth she’d never shared: she had been raped.  The conversation that followed was one she wished she’d had with her elders many years earlier.  She began interviewing women about their 1st times, and in 2011 fellow team-member Melinda Deines, Brianna Brown and Ngozi Paul produced a bravofact! short on the subject.  However, it felt as though they’d only just scratched the surface.

In 2012, Jennifer Shin and Catherine Faas joined the team, and the four of us sat down to brainstorm.

We all felt the power of the project lies in it’s ability to demystify women’s sexuality and to encourage a more open discussion about women and sex.  This campaign will provide us with the funds to develop our feature documentary and interactive website.

Support The 1st Time Project through their indiegogo campaign!

Women In View
401 Richmond Street West
Suite S-21
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

Phone: (647) 622-3535
Email Us