Recognized internationally as one of those leading the charge towards gender equity in film, Anna Serner has put her money where her mouth is. She was one of the first to commit to financing women’s and men’s films equally in her role as CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. Serner is a renowned speaker on this topic and has commissioned several studies, including the recent “The Money Issue,” which is the theme for this year’s Mind the Gap Summit. In 2016, Serner presented the 50/50 by 2020 initiative at the Cannes Film Festival. The movement has spread, inspiring the 50/50 Pledge launched at Cannes in 2018, signed by numerous international film festivals including MVFF. In honor of Serner’s work, MVFF42 has an Eye on Sweden focus, and will be presenting Serner with the Mind the Gap Award at the screening of Gabriela Pichler’s AMATEURS.

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Outsourcing and unemployment have come to the once-thriving Swedish hamlet of Lafors. To entice a German superstore into opening a new location there, the town council enlists a Stockholm filmmaker for a promo/puff-piece, with dubious results. When plucky local teenage BFFs Aida and Dana take matters into their own hands, it’s “lights, camera… action!” Sweden 2018, 102 min Director Gabriela Pichler

6:30pm  |  Smith Rafael Film Center

$14 CFI members | $16.50 general

Tickets on sale Sept. 9 to CFI members, Sept. 15 to general public