Five Nordic festivals sign Gender Equality Pledge at Carl International Film Festival

Today August 26 during Carl International Film Festival, CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark), Oslo Pix (Norway), Tampere Film Festival (Finland), Northern Wave Film Festival (Iceland) including Carl International Film Festival, have gathered to sign the 5050 by 2020 Gender Parity Pledge, following in the footsteps of other major film festivals.

Initiated by WIFT Nordic (Women in Film and Television), the Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion was signed today Monday by officials from all five festivals. By signing, the festivals commit to increase gender equality in the programming as well as within the organisations by 2020. Since the launch in Cannes last year, several international film festivals have signed, among those Venice, Toronto, Locarno and Berlin. 

Tine Fischer, Festival Director, CPH:DOX:
 - When it comes to structural and political change I believe in data and transparency and I believe in commitment and collective awareness BUT before anything I believe in action! So much can be changed, and it doesn't need to take forever. One year ago CPH:DOX decided to join the Collectif 50/50 by 2020 objectives and work towards gender equality. Within a year, without imposing quotas but only by rethinking how we define quality in selection and curation – massive changes have happened. In 2019 45% of the films in our official competition programs were directed by one or more female directors and 52% of the projects selected for our financing forum were by women (35%) or mixed teams (17%). Our board has a 60% female representation and the organization 57% women. My point is, don't wait for film schools, funding institutions, production companies and audiences to change. Move it. Most festivals are due to their organizational structure in a position to create fast structural change with major impact. We should definitely take that responsibility very serious.

Henrik JP Åkesson, Festival Director, Carl International Film Festival: 
 - We are very honoured to be the host of this important initiative and to gather such a great selection of Nordic festivals to sign the Collectif 5050X2020. In the Nordics countries we consider ourselves good at gender equality, but we still have a lot to work to do, especially within the realm of film and film festivals. This initiative is important for this endeavour. 

The signing was conducted as a special inauguration of the Baltic sea film festival Carl International Film Festival’s film industry platform Carl Film Forum, taking place from August 26–27 in Karlskrona, Sweden.


The following representatives were present for the signing:

Henrik JP Åkesson, Festival Director, Carl International Film Festival 
Tine Fischer, Festival Director, CPH:DOX
Ingebjørg Torgersen, President of WIFT Norway, representing Oslo Pix
Jenni Koski, Vice president of WIFT Finland, representing Tampere Film Festival
Dögg Mósesdóttir, Festival Director, Northern Wave Film Festival
Helene Granqvist, President I WIFT Sweden & WIFT International

Check out the programme for Carl International Film Festival's industry platform Carl Film Forum here


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