Magazine article Screen International

Persistence Key for Female Film-Makers

Magazine article Screen International

Persistence Key for Female Film-Makers

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Speaking on a panel at the Toronto International Film Festival about financing female-led features, Niija Kuykendall, VP of production at Warner Bros Pictures, said: "I don't get a lot of material come my way from women.

"There needs to be more agents and managers who are continuously putting script from female writers in front of me."

Pointing to positive change, Kuykendall highlighted an increase in females running the show on Warner Brothers projects such as Denise Di Novi's upcoming directorial debut Unforgettable - a film directed, produced, co-written and starring women.

She also referred to Amy Schumer's Trainwreck and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, continuing: "It's not perfect by any means, but change is happening. There does seems to be a greater landscape of female filmmakers getting involved on bigger films."

Persistent

CEO of the Swedish Film Institute Anna Serner referred to her own experience in transforming Sweden's distribution of funding to a 50/50 split between men and women.

"You have to be persistent," she said. "If you don't meet your target, then ask yourself why. We all want good material, and the quality is there. It's just about finding a way to encourage women to step forward with their ideas."

Authenticity

"Sweden has shown us the way," said Gigi Pritzker, founder and CEO of OddLot Entertainment. …

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