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    Women & Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein Goes to L.A. ♀

    Of the top 250 domestic grossing films released in 2009, women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. This is 3 percent less than 2001. The numbers break down as follows: women directed only 7%; wrote only 8%, were only17% of all exe...

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    Women ♀ Directors Roundtable at LALIFF

    Top Left to Right: Consuelo Alba, Yvette Ederly, Sydney Levine, Isabel Cueva, Fina TorresFront Left: Sarah Vaill, Right: Carmen Marron.(Photo by Veronica Zarate)

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    Women to Blog About: Fina Torres

    Fina Torres (Josefina Torres Benedetti) was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her film Habana Eva, a Cuban Venezualan co-production, shows tonight at LALIFF. Fina studied design, photography and journalism in Venezuela and earned her bachelors degree in cinematography at the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris. After graduating, she worked as a film editor, camera operator, and script supervisor and also made short films and documentaries. Her debut feature Oriana (which she directed, wrote, and produced) won the Cannes Festival Camera d’Or and international acclaim. In 2001, she directed the romantic comedy Woman on Top starri...

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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

    LALIFF kicked off its 5 day festival last night with a great audience pleaser, Venezuelan film by first time director (and writer), Marcel Rasquin, HERMANO, audience and jury prize winner from Moscow FF and rumored to be headed toward Telluride. The international sales agent EuropaCorp (whose Luc Besson was president of the Moscow jury when the film won Moscow International Film Festival's top prize, the Golden George), was uncertain that it wanted the film to show in this festival where it had been promised before EuropaCorp was in the picture. But the filmmaker must have prevailed and a packed house at Mann's Grauman Chinese was lucky to ...

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    New York Film Festival's Female Factor ♀

    Once again, Women and Hollywood has tabulated The Female Factor. Same as usual, a paltry 7.4% which means two women with films of their own. If you count 2 women directors out of 10 in Revolucion 20%), it makes 11%. Notably Julie Taymor’s The Tempest ♀ is the centerpiece of the festival (yeah!). ...

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    Chicken and Egg Announces Grants for Women's Docs

    Melissa Silverstein posted this on her blog,Women And Hollywood on August 3, 2010.

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    Toronto Docs

    Women And Hollywood is becoming the watchdog for women fimmakers' representation in festivals. This time they are commenting on Toronto IFF's choice of docs. Women have 9 films directed by women out of 25. That’s 36%! A record thus far. I quote them here verbatim.

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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: A-C

    One of the most popular reports I publish is the Rights Roundup to show the trade who sold what to whom during the market (Cannes in this case). The ISAs (international sales agents) are all linked to their own websites. I wish all of the distribution companies who pick up the films for their territories (there are about 40 territories) and all the titles were also linked, but I lack the manpower to do the job 100% so only some are linked to their own company websites, or in the case of titles, to IMDbPro Title Pages. This reports allows sales agents to gauge their competitors, see who is buying similar types of films, and it allows buyers...

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    While We're On the Subject of Women ♀

    Don't forget the Bechdel Test:Are there two or more female characters with names?Do they talk to each other?If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?Watch the video here.

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    Women ♀ in Audiovisual Europe (CIMA)

    This June, over 100 women in film and TV and new technologies met in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for three days of intense discussion and dialogue with several panels with 41 speaking guests from 15 European countries. Provided with a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds in film and audiovisuals in Europe, .everybody was asked to join in and to propose ideas on how to achieve gender equality in the industry. CIMA's president, Ines Paris, stated clearly in the CARTA COMPOSTELA what will be tackled over the coming years. Please find a note from Margaret von Schiller who left the Berlinale Panorama and moved to Spain. Ines Pari's ...

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