Mind the Gap, our gender equity initiative, amplifies and champions work by women filmmakers, changing the narrative that shapes our culture. We are committed to the goal of 50/50 by 2020—50% women directors across all Festival sections by 2020. We found no shortage of amazing women making terrific films, and incredible female-forward storytelling for this year’s festival: MVFF41 showcases 45% women directors.

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT

ACHIEVING GENDER PARITY IN FILM & TECH

Saturday October 6
10:00am – 6:00pm  |  Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

This full-day intensive session of presentations, discussions, master classes and networking will be led by an extraordinary line-up of thought leaders and creatives in the film and tech industries. Addressing palpable ways to engage in change, speakers include Dr. Stacy Smith, singer/activist Holly Near, Chaz Ebert (Publisher, RogerEbert.com), Shakti Butler (Founder, World Trust), Robin Hauser (filmmaker, Bias), and presenters from ReFrame, Seed and Spark, Google, Lucasfilm. Examining the intersections between film and tech and what each can learn from the other, this is an amazing opportunity to engage, connect—and be inspired.

Get your tickets early as space is limited! Sign up for a morning (lunch included) or afternoon session (includes cocktail reception) or the full day.

* Limited number of scholarships available, CLICK HERE to apply

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STACY L. SMITH

MIND THE GAP AWARD FOR VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., is a visionary leader in the movement towards gender equity in the film industry. She is an Associate Professor at USC Annenberg, and Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Her work has set the national conversation on employment practices on screen and behind the camera, and has inspired the drive towards palpable, solution-driven change. It was Dr. Smith who introduced the idea of the Inclusion Rider, famously invoked by Frances McDormand at the 2018 Academy Awards® and since adopted by many in the film indus- try. And it was her participation at Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013 that helped inspire the launch of Mind the Gap. We are grateful for her leadership, inspiration, and brilliance.

Dr. Smith will receive the Mind the Gap Award during the MTG Summit on Saturday, October 6th, where she will also present some of her most recent work.

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