FOR WOMEN FILM ORGANIZATIONS @berlinale 2023
Berlin | Feb 17th 2023 | Embassy of Canada to Germany
The pandemic has brought very special challenges for women and for our work on a gender-balanced film industry. We think is it time and important to both reflect on the past years and to look into the future together:
What challenges have women film organizations faced recently and what can a path forward look like?
On top of that, we like to shine a spotlight on the work of women filmmakers in the current crisis areas that are shaking the world. We want to make visible the importance of female voices during crisis and in restrictive systems. Female filmmakers from Iran, Afghanistan and Ukraine are invited and will share their perspectives.
The event will take place on February 17th at the Embassy of Canada to Germany, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin.
ADMISSION 9:15 AM
PUBLIC EVENT (10.00-11.30 AM)
OPENING 10:00 AM
Chargée d’affaires a.i. Canada to Germany
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Executive director of the Berlin International Filmfestival
THE IMPORTANCE OF FEMALE VOICES DURING CRISIS AND IN RESTRICTIVE SYSTEMS
Chairwoman Power to Transform!
PANEL 10:30 AM
AFGHANISTAN, IRAN AND UKRAINE: FEMALE FILMMAKING AND PERSPECTIVES IN CRISIS ZONES
filmmaker & director, Ukraine
MARYNA ER GORBACH
film director, screenwriter & producer, Ukraine
filmmaker, researcher & educator, Iran
documentary filmmaker & producer, Iran
moderated by KARIN HELMSTAEDT
journalist & moderator Deutsche Welle, Canada
MEET AND GREET 11:30 AM
NON-PUBLIC EVENT (12.00-13.30 PM)
FORUM OF WOMEN FILM ORGANIZATIONS
A PATH FORWARD
introduction of all participating organizations and exchange
moderated by Melissa Silverstein,
founder of Women and Hollywood, Artistic Director Athena Film Festival
hosted by Power to Transform!
in cooperation with Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) | European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) | Women and Hollywood | Sister Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) | CIMA Association of women filmmakers and the audiovisual industry | ScreenCraft works
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ONLINE MASTERCLASS III
online | February 7th 2023 | 5.30 pm (CET)
Filmscreening „How is Katia?“ + Q&A with filmmaker Christina Tynkevych
HOW IS KATIA? (2022, FEATURE DRAMA, UKRAINE)
Anna (Anastasia Karpenko) works as a paramedic. She wants to secure a reasonably secure future for herself and her daughter. But all plans fall apart when Anna’s daughter Katja is hit by a car. Anna’s hectic everyday life is thrown further into disarray as she does not let go and tries to convict the perpetrators. But justice, Anna must painfully learn, is not guaranteed. Corruption, nepotism and violence characterise Ukrainian society, which the film portrays in a rather uncompromising and gloomy way.
director: Christina Tynkevych | screenwriter: Natalia Blok, Julia Gonchar, Serhii Kastornykh
- Locarno Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Best Actress
- Cineast (Luxembourg) – Critics‘ Prize
- Around The World in 14 Films (Germany) – Best Director
„It seems that a new Ukrainian wave of young directors is being born before our eyes, capable of adequately representing their country at international film festivals.“ – Cineuropa
The filmscreening is followed by an interview with filmmaker Christina Tynkevych, moderated by Susanne Bieger from AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 FILMS festival.
We thank Coccinelle Film for the kind support and the opportunity to screen the film.
ONLINE MASTERCLASS II
online | January 24th 2023 | 5 pm (CET)
Intimacy Coordinating & Safe Contact Officers as Best Practices
The German actor’s guild (Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. (BFFS)) has conducted a survey among actors and actresses about their experiences whilst staging intimacy, nudity and sexualized violence. The survey shows that acting in this vulnerable area often involves a risk of transgressing boundaries. Aiming at minimizing or avoiding this risk, professional accompaniment, advice and support are needed on the set.
In this masterclass two approaches that help create safer working conditions on set will be introduced:
Laura Rikard is the co-founder of Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE) and Intimacy Coordinator with many years of experience in training and working on set. She will shed light on the five best practices TIE developed and how one can work within professional boundaries, following a consent-based and trauma-informed practice.
„We believe that staging theatrical intimacy should be Ethical, Efficient, and Effective“ – TIE
Zanele Mthembu from Sisters working in Film and Television (SWIFT) will introduce the Safety Contact Officer (SCO) programme that implements The Good Code of Practice on handling sexual harassment and brings expertise in legal, psychosocial, trauma and containment, incident investigation and reporting, mediation, intimacy coordination and on-set etiquette in the industry
ONLINE MASTERCLASS I
online | January 12th 2023 | 5.30 pm (CET)
Film Screening BRAINWASHED: Sex-Camera-Power (USA, 2022) and Q&A with filmmaker Nina Menkes
Light, visual effects, angles and the framing of images seem to set women glamorously in scene, but instead they are objectified by these means. Image design is gendered and the exploitative male gaze is the cultural norm. In her film, renowned U.S. filmmaker Nina Menkes uses over 175 key scenes from films by influential directors from the 1940s to the present day to show how women are looked at through the sexist Male Gaze. „Brainwashed“ unravels the patriarchal narrative codes hidden in supposedly „classic“ shots and camera angles. This visual grammar of cinema has other dimensions as well; it contributes to legitimizing and reinforcing the male position of power. On the one hand, it supports discriminatory conditions in the film industry behind the camera, on the other hand, it influences how we view women in everyday life and how women see themselves.
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