7th February 2016
Goteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus Project report predicts that audiences will rebel against content that doesn’t reflect diversity. Diversity on screen will see a “measurable change within five years,” according to a new industry report. “We now believe good business sense, in combination with programmes to address representation, will result in measurable change within five years,” claims the 2016 Nostradamus Project report, commissioned by the Goteborg Film Festival and revealed yesterday [Thur 4] during the event’s Nordic Film Market.
2nd February 2016
Former WestEnd Films sales director Mercy Liao has joined Universal Pictures International Productions (UPIP) as manager of production and aqcuisitions. Based in Beijing, Liao will report to Jo Yan, managing director and evp of Universal China and London-based JJ Lousberg, vice president, international production, UPIP. Liao will be responsible for sourcing, securing, and managing local and international development projects for coproduction, as well as for acquisitions.
1st February 2016
Long before the #OscarsSoWhite furore ignited, the British Film Institute had thrown down the gauntlet to the film industry with its new and extended diversity standards. Are the provisions on their own enough to bring more varied faces and stories to UK screens and meeting rooms? “There is a storm coming,” warned UK talent agent Femi Oguns towards the end of 2015. He was talking about those decision-makers who may be unwilling to take the adequate steps to improve the number of ethnically diverse faces on screen and working in the film industry.
26th January 2016
She's the hero of the new Star Wars movie, but that seems to have slipped Disney’s mind. Fans shopping for The Force Awakens merchandise have taken to Twitter to express their outrage that Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey, seems to be largely missing from shelves. The hashtag #WheresRey was first started earlier this month when fans noticed one box set featured Finn, Chewbacca, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, a stormtrooper and a TIE fighter pilot.
26th January 2016
There’s a movement happening online that asks cinéastes to commit to watching one film per week, for one year, made by a woman. The #52FilmsByWomen pledge is encouraging an interactive conversation about the contributions of women directors.
22nd January 2016
Vimeo is launching a three-part initiative aimed at investing in female-led programming, educational workshops and on-site features designed to highlight women’s voices. The “Share the Screen” program will this year invest in a minimum of five projects from female directors, who will also receive marketing support and global distribution on Vimeo on Demand.
21st January 2016
Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British and Irish Film and Television A one-day event organized by the Women’s Film and TV History Network-UK/Ireland in collaboration with BFI Southbank and support from MeCCSA Women's Media Studies Network. Saturday 18 June, 10.00-5.00pm NFT3, BFI Southbank
21st January 2016
After the Golden Globes, Bafta and Oscar nominations, The Revenant has become this awards season’s front-runner. Jeremy Kay talks to producer Mary Parent about bringing the most challenging project of her career to fruition.
18th January 2016
French cinema has a long-standing relationship with older women which sees many of them receiving more and more interesting offers in their later years. Contrary to some other countries, French actresses enjoy careers at home that often extend well past their 50s and 60s. Think Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Huppert and Josiane Balasko.
18th January 2016
This is the first installment of the blog Submitting Like A Man (SLAM), created by writer Mya Kagan. The project examines what happens when Mya resubmits scripts to previously rejected opportunities, this time using a man’s name. For more on SLAM, check out and follow @theSLAMblog and @Mya_Mya.