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Posted on November 29, 2014
Women in View on Screen, now in its third year, was released at the 25th Anniversary St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. WIVOS 2014 examined the employment of women in 59 feature films and 24 television series receiving funding from Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund respectively.
We were sorry to report that Canadian media industries remains badly out of synch with the with the talent, capabilities and aspirations of Canadian women. Women continue to be significantly under-represented in key creative roles of director, writer and cinematographer.
Key findings from Women in View on Screen 2014:
(Read the full report here: WIVOS 2014)
- Of 59 feature films funded by Telefilm Canada’s production fund in 2013, ten (18%) were directed by women, down from 22% in 2012.
- The total amount invested the 10 films directed by women is $3,299,850 or 6% compared with $54,743,095 or 94% invested in the 49 films directed by men.
- Seven of the films directed by men each received more funding than the total amount invested in all 10 films directed by women.
- Women represented 18% of the screenwriters employed on these 59 features. This is the lowest percentage recorded over the last four years.
- One First Nations woman was credited as screenwriter and one First Nations woman shared a directing credit
- Not a single racialized minority women was employed as writer, director or cinematographer on any of these 59 features.
- In episodic television, women represented 12 (14%) of 87 of directors employed on 24 live action television series funded in the 2011-2012 fiscal year reported. . This is a drop from 16% in the previous year.
- Women were significantly better represented among the writers at 34% (49 of 144), though that figure drops to 30% when we consider their percentage of total writing credits.
- Not a single woman was employed as cinematographer on any of the 267 television episodes.
Posted on October 20, 2014
Writer’s Guild of Canada – It’s Past Time: TV and Film Industry Must Address Gender Inequality
Read the full Press Release here.
Posted on October 20, 2014
On October 14,Women in View was very proud to co-host with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival a landmark gathering of fourteen leaders of women’s media organizations and unions as part of SJIWFF’s landmark 25th anniversary. The St. John’s Summit on Women in Media brought together representatives of over 40,000 professional members of Canada’s film and television industry concerned about the persistent under-representation of women in Canadian media. particularly in roles of creative authority.
In their joint Communique, delegates unanimously supported seven recommendations calling for changes in government policy to promote gender equity in employment and in the allocation of public funds for media production. They also recommend the establishment of an annual reporting system to increase accountability in Canada’s media industries.
Read the full communique with recommendations here: SJSWM Communique.
Read the Summit’s press release here: SJIWFF Communique Press Release2014.
Posted on May 31, 2013
Photo: An accurate representation of content-creation for Canadian TV.
Our first annual report on the status of women in Canadian live action television series has been released.
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.
Posted on May 16, 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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book a ticket for the panel or for more information.
Posted on May 6, 2013
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.”
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