WIFTV STATEMENT RE: SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE FILM & TELEVISION INDUSTRY
Women in Film and Television Vancouver is committed to the safety of women working in screen-based media. Sexual harassment is directly related to the gender imbalance in the industry. We have been and will continue to work towards gender parity and suggest that mandating inclusive hiring practices will change the current and unhealthy climate. We encourage women to continue to speak up about the issue. We will collaborate with and support our colleagues in the industry to create a safer work environment.
LETTER TO CMF
A letter was prepared by WIFTV Advocacy Committee member Susan Brinton and submitted as part of the CMF consultation process. The letter briefly examines current data related to women in TV and provides examples of actions other countries are taking to address gender inequality in the film and television industry.
BANFF TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND WOMEN IN VIEW PANEL
WIFTV Advocacy Committee member Liz Shorten will be chairing a roundtable at the Banff Festival called Women in View: Tracking Gender in TV and will also be representing the Committee on the panel. Alex Raffe, also a member of the Committee, will be in attendance at the festival and will meet and discuss the activities of the Advocacy Committee with potentially supportive individuals and organizations. Here is the blurb about the roundtable:
Women in View: Tracking Gender in TV
We know that diversity behind the camera leads to diversity on screen, thus offering opportunities for wider audience reach as well as a more interesting representation of contemporary culture. Because Canada is endowed with one of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet, we are in an ideal position to become a global media leader. Yet new research by Women in View and a consortium of Canadian media guilds and unions underscores the extent to which the talents of women - particularly racialized women - continue to be dramatically underrepresented and missing in many key areas of the talent pipeline.
Why aren't we drawing from Canada's deep and diverse pool of talent in the creation of our media?
How can we explain the disconnect between the growing number of women in senior positions in broadcast, and the continuing scarcity of women and racialized minorities employed as writers, directors, and cinematographers?
What would our broadcast landscape - and audiences - look like if more shows were created by women?
What if Canada required that public expenditures in cultural industries adhere to a 60-40 rule in terms of gender - as do many European countries?
LETTER TO BILL BENNETT
On February 4, the Advocacy Committee wrote to the Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development expressing our support for the recently announced BC Creative Futures Initiative but expressing our deep concerns about the ongoing dire situation currently facing the film industry. We encouraged the government to revisit their decisions around increasing the tax credits as well as eliminating the PST on film production costs. We also requested that the government consult WIFTV in any future planning around the future of the industry as women are a vital resource to the expansion and development of the creative industries. We have yet to receive a response.
CONCERNS ABOUT FEMALE UNDER-REPRESENTATION IN FILM EXPRESSED TO TELEFILM
On January 8, the Advocacy Committee wrote to the Telefilm Canada Board of directors expressing our concern that women are still highly under-represented in leadership positions on Telefilm Canada funded projects. In particular, we expressed our concern that in the recent announcement of Telefilm’s eleven million dollars in financing to eight English language feature films, 100% of the projects were directed by men and 88% were written by men and 88% featured stories focusing on the male journey. We also outlined that while the gender balance on Telefilm projects has historically been very poor, this represents a new low. We have yet to receive a response.
SUNDANCE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS GENDER GAP SIMILAR TO CANADA
A recent study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles reveals significant gender disparity in independent feature film. The study hopes to raise awareness on the issue and inspire action against the barriers highlighted within the report.
One of the most startling revelations of the study was that the statistics revealing the gender gap in independent film within the US context are very similar to those in Canada. In the US, most independent film is financed through private sources, while within Canada, independent film is supported with government funding, which most assume to be subject to social equity concerns and regulation ...
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LETTER TO TELEFILM - FALL 2012
In August, the Advocacy Committee conducted a detailed analysis of the funds allocated to Telefilm Canada English-language feature films listed in their 2012 catalogue. The research revealed that nationally just 27% of directors, 22% of writers, 14.3% of editors and 8.3% of directors of photography were female. And that in the Western Region, 35% of producers, 18% of directors, 25% of writers, 14% of editors and 6% of directors of photography were female. On the positive side, nationally 48% of producers were female.
Further analysis of the Western Regional data revealed that while female directors comprised 18% of directors, the films with female directors only received 13% of the Feature Film Fund. And while female editors represented 14% of editors on Western Regional projects, only 7% of the Feature Film Fund was allocated to films they were working on. On the positive side, while female producers only represented 35% of overall producers in the Western Region, they were working on 100% of the films funded through the Feature Film Fund ...
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