Mind the Gap is a platform for inclusion and equity, committed to helping marginalized filmmakers break through the gatekeeping that has long made the industry exclusionary and help undo a harmful history of defaults.
RECONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY
As our world continues to evolve, Mind the Gap this year embraces the topical theme of reconnecting with community. Both a celebration and call to action, Mind the Gap is MVFF’s platform for inclusion and equity, amplifying and championing filmmaking by women, non-binary people, and other marginalized groups through a vibrant collection of films, Q&As, Panels, and Conversations. Please join us.
2021 MIND THE GAP AWARD RECIPIENTS
MIND THE GAP DIRECTORS FORUM
ONLINE | FREE
A strikingly multi-talented group of first-time feature directors in conversation about their experiences in filmmaking at this transitional time in the industry, their creative approaches to their work, and their insights into the importance of creating their own projects in this annual investigation of the state of the art for directors.
HALLE BERRY (Bruised) | MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (The Lost Daughter) | REBECCA HALL (Passing) | NANA MENSAH (Queen of Glory)
MODERATOR: ZOË ELTON, MVFF & Mind the Gap Director of Programming
BAY AREA RESOURCE NETWORKING EVENT
LIVE EVENT: Seagar Gray Gallery, October 11th, 6-9pm | FREE
The pandemic didn’t just lay bare the gap between filmmakers and resources available to make their films; it also widened the gap. This event will reintroduce local filmmakers who fall within the Mind the Gap paradigm, and attending festival filmmaker guests, to many Bay Area resources. Representatives from film organizations including the California Film Institute, SFFILM, Frameline, CAAM, and many others will be available for discussion as well as an informal happy hour combined with light speed networking.
EVOLUTION OF LATINA ROLES ONSCREEN
FREE | ONLINE
Our ongoing annual virtual roundtable series, Evolution of Roles On Screen for Historically Excluded Communities, began in 2020 with Evolution of Black Women’s Roles Onscreen. This year’s conversation will be with film creatives, actors, and curators, and will chart the changing nature of the portrayal of Latinas on screen.
By revisiting the simplistic typecasting of Latinas in film since its inception, the speakers will discuss how representation in Hollywood and beyond has moved toward a variety of depictions and voices, while also addressing the current limitations. This conversation is a joint Mind the Gap ¡Viva el cine! event.
La Evolución de los Roles de las Latinas en Pantalla
Nuestra serie anual de mesas redondas virtuales, la Evolución de los Roles en Pantalla de Comunidades Históricamente Excluidas, comenzó en 2020 con La Evolución de los Roles de las Mujeres Afrodescendientes en Pantalla. La conversación de este año contará con la participación de creativos, actores y curadores, y trazará la naturaleza cambiante de la representación de las latinas en pantalla.
Al repasar el encasillamiento simplista de las latinas en el cine desde sus inicios, los oradores invitados discutirán cómo la representación en y más allá de Hollywood se ha movido hacia una variedad de representaciones y voces, abordando al mismo tiempo las limitaciones actuales. Esta conversación es un evento presentado por Mind the Gap y ¡Viva el cine!
MASTERCLASS: SCREENWRITING & BEYOND
WRITING, DEVELOPING, AND CREATING RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
ONLINE | FREE
The collaborative processes that it takes to bring together a major film are addressed by key creatives from Raya and the Last Dragon. They’ll unpack how screenwriting and storyboard artists work together; what cultural inspirations and research informed the film; and the work done with Disney’s in-house South East Asian artists and cultural trust. Bringing an insider’s look into what it takes to bring a film to life, their insights inform filmmaking of all kinds.
OSNAT SHURER, producer, Raya and the Last Dragon, Moana | QUI NGUYEN, co-writer, Raya and the Last Dragon | FAWN VEERASUNTHORN, head of story, Raya and the Last Dragon
Mind The Gap sponsored by
RESONANCE PHILANTHROPIES | EGIDE FAMILY FOUNDATION | CHRISTINE A. SCHANTZ