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Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

23 October 2013

Forty Years On: Women's Film Festivals Today

Forty Years On: Women's Film Festivals Today

This video documents a roundtable discussion held on September 10th, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. (Text and screen grab from Athena Film Festival Vimeo)

In the face of such gender inequity in the industry and corresponding neglect of women's productions by mainstream festivals, a growing movement of women's film festivals around the world has committed to showcasing films by women and films about women. These festivals play a significant role by exhibiting work that may not otherwise find a venue and by offering settings for conversations that may not take place in mainstream festivals.


Kay Armatage

Former TIFF international programmer, Professor Emerita University of Toronto


Norma Guevara, Program Director, Films de Femmes, Creteil, the world’s longest continuously running women’s film festival

Melissa Silverstein, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Athena Film Festival, New York

Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies (NY) 

This discussion celebrates the 40th anniversary of Toronto International Women & Film 1973.

Forty Years On: Women’s Film Festivals Today is co-sponsored by the International Women’s Film Network, the Female Eye Film Festival, Women in View, Women Make Movies and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

Forty Years On: Women's Film Festivals Today