Films represent one of our greatest opportunities to change narratives, shift mindsets and create deep social impact. After decades of supporting the work of women filmmakers, CFI formally launched Mind the Gap in 2015, an initiative dedicated to achieving equity in the film industry.
Two years ago, we signed the 50/50 by 2020 pledge to include 50% women filmmakers at the Mill Valley Film Festival. We are very pleased to announce that we have exceeded our own pledge goal and women filmmakers will have 57% representation at this year’s MVFF43!
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The pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in society that have fueled and structured the film industry, and guided which perspectives are centered and which are left off screen. The global support of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the uprisings against racial injustice has forced the industry to examine the systems that have marginalized BIPOC creatives.
Mind the Gap 2020 will build on these cultural and industry conversations and will examine how these issues can be reframed, centering the voices of those who have remained on the margins for far too long. Beyond the current context of upheaval, MTG will also explore the formation of networks and communities of black and brown film professionals, in particular those connecting intersectional women, non-binary and queer people, and how they form alternative eco-systems and spaces of learning, healing and re-envisioning.
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Films represent one of our greatest opportunities to change narratives, shift mindsets and create deep social impact. Films break through barriers, highlight the commonalities of the human condition and define what we see, know and how we act towards one another. It’s this power to mold minds and affect our actions which underlines why it is essential for films to include and to reflect the totality of the world in its full kaleidoscope of genders, ethnicities, sexualities, classes, castes, ages, bodies and abilities.
After decades of supporting the work of women filmmakers, CFI formally launched Mind the Gap in 2015, an initiative dedicated to achieving gender equity in the film industry. The same year, the California Film Institute (CFI) began expanding the Mind the Gap initiative across the entire organization in order to provide an inclusive platform to showcase female-forward contributions in all aspects of the film industry, celebrate the dynamic achievements of women in film, and empower future filmmakers. Since its inception, Mind the Gap has embraced the intersectionality of its filmmakers and conversations within the fight for gender equity and the importance of intersectional perspectives and gender’s indisociable connections to other identity traits has become a cornerstone of the platform’s focus.