Today Swedish WIFT published my March column about French Rendez-Vous and NYWIFT networking opportunities:
- Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of the world's most prominent film organizations to highlight American Independent Film and World Cinema. March celebrated the 20th anniversary of the series Rendez-Vous with French Film including Mélanie Laurent's "Breathe" which was shown last fall at the Stockholm Film Festival. Mélanie, also an acclaimed actress in films such as Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds", participated in a seminar with one of French film's Grande Dames, Nathalie Baye, who has over 70 movies on her resumé. She's currently in "SK1" by Frédéric Tellier, and the 20th anniversary's Chairman together with Martin Scorsese.
Film festival favorite "Breathe", which has now secured US distribution through Film Movement, is about manipulation, which Mélanie is obsessed by she confessed during the seminar "Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent." When the subject gender equality was raised, Nathalie's opinion was that if a director comes with a great script and happens to be a woman, she is not a victim of misogyny, but the movie has the same chance of being made had it been written by a man. Mélanie, however, said she used to claim that the industry was equal, but after she has seen more of the world she has realized that women are far away from being equal, and that we are far from being respected. But they both agreed that filming in Europe was different from the US, because among other things, it's not possible to demand as long working days from the film crew, and in France they drink wine at lunch.
- NYWIFT invited to a monthly mingle with the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM), Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Women Make Movies (WMM), all fine networks for women in the film industry and a good opportunity to make new contacts. After half an hour I had my stomach full of biscuits and pocket full of business cards and invitations, ready to mingle on to new adventures. Would have loved to go to SXSW where Alicia Wikander in Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" was hyped up with a PR coup on Tinder, and Lina Mannheimer's documentary "Ceremony" as well as the short film "9:55 to 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B" by Cristine Berglund and Sophie Vucovic was screened. Always fun to see so many Swedish productions here in the US! Instead, I have to wait until Tribeca kicks off April 16th, with a record high of 33% female film directors this year: http://tribecafilm.com/stories/women-directors-2015-tribeca-film-festival
- NYWIFT also lists film festivals accepting submissions right now, such as NBC Universal's Short Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival and the BAFTA: http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=5443