CEDOC Market Round Table

SPOTLIGHT: WOMEN IN DOCUMENTARY FILM

3.06, 18.30 – 20.00 CEST

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A round table SPOTLIGHT: WOMEN IN DOCUMENTARY FILM  will focus on such issues as representation of women in documentary world, both as protagonists and creators, collaboration in female-led teams and funding opportunities for women. Our experts Wendy Ettinger (Chicken&Egg Pictures), Alessia Sonaglioni (EWA Networks) and Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies) will also discuss three projects from CEDOC Market that focus on strong female protagonists.

PANELISTS: Wendy Ettinger (Chicken&Egg Pictures, USA), Alessia Sonaglioni (EWA Networks, France) and Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies, USA)

MODERATOR: Agnieszka Zwiefka

Wendy Ettinger, Chicken & Egg Pictures, USA

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision an inclusive media industry in which women and gender nonconforming filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, and build fulfilling careers in the documentary film industry.

Alessia Sonaglioni, EWA Networks, Francja

EWA Network was born in 2013 as an initiative of a group of women working in the European film industry. The feeling they shared of inequality for women working in the film industry was confirmed with facts and figures revealed by the EWA Network study published in 2016 : although 44% of film school graduates in Europe are women, only 16% of public funding go to films directed by women. Since then, EWA Network has grown as a strong and supportive community for women audiovisual professionals across Europe, organising activities for members which boost their careers and put them into a new spotlight, being present at important industry events and advocating for more gender equality measures in the European film industry.

Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies, USA

For more than 45 years, Women Make Movies has transformed the filmmaking landscape for diverse women directors and producers, helping to bring issues facing women around the world to light. As the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women, we amplify the voices of people historically ignored by the mainstream media. Our Production Assistance Program assists women directors with their productions from concept through completion with fiscal sponsorship, consultations, workshop and webinars and other technical assistance. Films and filmmakers we have supported have been nominated for or won Academy. 

Agnieszka Zwiefka is an awarded documentary film director, winner of Silver Horn at Krakow Film Festival, the Big Golden Nanook at Flahertiana Festival, Urania Award at LET’S CEE Festival, Zoom Award at MFF T-Mobile New Horizons and many others. Her films „The Queen of Silence“ (2014) and "Scars" (2020) were screened at festivals worldwide. Agnieszka has collaborated with such TV stations as HBO Europe, ZDF/ARTE, SVT, YLE and RAI. In her films she balances between reality and fantasy, creating hybrids that cross the border between documentary and fiction. Agnieszka Zwiefka also holds a PhD degree and works as a lecturer of documentary film at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Wroclaw. Member of European Film Academy (EFA), Polish Filmmakers Society (SFP) and EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network. Alumna of workshops Dok.Incubator, ScripTeast, Nipkow Programme and Berlinale Talents.