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Warsaw Women’s Resolution Press Release

Writer’s Guild of Canada – It’s Past Time: TV and Film Industry Must Address Gender Inequality

Read the full Press Release here.

Calling for a Gender-Based “Cancon” system

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Fourteen leaders of women’s media organizations and unions, representing over 40,000 professional members of Canada’s film and television industry met at a landmark summit in St. John’s NL on October 14, 2014. Delegates unanimously supported the release of seven recommendations designed to address the current gender imbalance behind the camera and on screen. The recommendations call for changes in government policy to promote gender equity in employment and in the allocation of public funds for media production.

Read the full communique with recommendations here: SJSWM Communique.

Read the Summit’s press release here:  SJIWFF Communique Press Release2014.

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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.

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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 Michalchyshyn, and Dr. Stacy Smith,

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USC 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.

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