A year has already gone by since the publication of the gender equality study promoted by European Women's Audiovisual Network
(EWA), in collaboration with MiBACT
. That study showed that, up to now, the audiovisual industry has failed to fully support the careers of Europe's women filmmakers so they can realize their potential, and films made by women struggle to reach audiences. According to the study, in Italy in particular, no more than roughly ten percent of all films are made by female directors.
For this reason, 100autori decided to organize a conference to examine the reasons why Italy is lagging behind other European countries, and brainstorm new measures to support female creativity on the part of the government, cultural institutions and the film industry.
Just before the conference gets underway, the awards ceremony for the DWA - Doc/it Women Award will be held. This award promoted by Doc/it honors the creativity and entrepreneurial skills of women in the film industry, and aims to promote documentary filmmaking by women, on the one hand, and gender equality in both the creative sphere and on the production end.
The conference organized by 100autori and moderated by Cinzia Masòtina will feature guest speakers Agnese Fontana and Stefania Casini, president and vice president respectively of Doc/it. Other speakers include Marina Spada, filmmaker and teacher at the Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti in Milan; Antonietta De Lillo, filmmaker and winner of a Special 2016 Silver Ribbon for experimentation and lifetime achievement; and Irene Dionisio, director and writer of Le ultime cose, the Italian film selected for the 31st edition of the International Critics' Week, as well as other women filmmakers competing in different festival sections.