This dynamic discussion features executives and leading voices in the industry, who will discuss newly implemented initiatives, and their commitment to providing opportunities for gender parity in film. This is sure to be a progressive, candid session!
Supported by OMDC
Advisory Board Member/Producer, We Do It Together
After her successful debut performance in Slumdog Millionaire, Freida has starred in numerous international films including — Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups and Andy Serkis' Jungle Book. She has just completed filming on Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia and is set to star alongside Idris Elba and Babou Ceesay in John Ridley's series for Showtime and Sky Atlantic, Guerrilla. Freida joined the philanthropic force focusing on the causes of girls throughout India and all over the world. With the Girl Rising India campaign, Plan International, Global Citizen and the Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn campaign she has further solidified her commitment to improving the future of women and ending gender discrimination and through that Global Poverty. Freida is also an emerging independent producer, an advisory board member of We Do It Together and plans to make more female driven films in the years to come.
Executive Director, Telefilm CanadaA twenty year veteran of Telefilm Canada, Carolle Brabant contributes a unique mix of financial acumen and artistic vision. Carolle joined Telefilm as an auditor in 1990. She had previously worked as a CA at Samson Bélair Deloitte Touche in Chicoutimi after completing studies at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Her Telefilm career has advanced steadily: Carolle was appointed director of finance and administration in 2003 and served as acting executive director for six months in 2004. Her in-depth knowledge of public and private funding has considerably strengthened Telefilm's efforts to build audiences and industry capacity. Carolle spearheaded Telefilm's new role as administrator of the Canadian Television Fund, and continues to oversee Telefilm's work with the newly created Canada Media Fund.
Writer, Producer, Film Industry Analyst
Stephen Follows is a writer, producer and film industry analyst. His film research has been featured in the New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Evening Standard, Newsweek, The News Statesman, AV Club and Indiewire. He acted as an industry consultant and guest on the BBC Radio 4 series The Business of Film, which topped the iTunes podcast chart, and has consulted for a wide variety of clients, including the Smithsonian in Washington. In addition to film analytics, Stephen is an award-winning writer-producer and runs a production company based in Ealing Studios, London.
Head of Production, Screen AustraliaSally is a qualified lawyer, and her early film career was in acquisitions with PolyGram UK, Universal Worldwide and subsequently Momentum Pictures. Sally has also had distribution roles, running Icon Films Distribution UK, and eOne's International sales division. Sally was Head of the Premiere Fund at UK Film Council for 5 years, responsible for over 45 films, from debut feature by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), to Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, and multi Oscar-winning film, The Kings Speech. In February 2014, Sally moved to Sydney to take up the position of Head of Production at Screen Australia, where she oversees the organization's development and investment in films, television, documentaries and other screen content. Sally has also consulted on non–UK films being produced in UK, advised financiers, had teaching stints at The Danish Film School and NFTS, was on the BIFA Advisory Committee for 9 years and a Film London Board Member for 4 years.
CEO, Swedish Film Institute
Anna Serner is the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. She has also worked at the Swedish Media Publishers' Association (Tidningsutgivarna) and the Advertising Association of Sweden (Reklamförbundet). Serner has served as an expert on various Swedish government commissions, including one on copyright. She also undertook a two–year course in practical filmmaking at the Stockholm School of Film, as well as film studies at Stockholm University. Over the past 20 years Serner has also given lectures and spoken widely on law, advertising, creativity, and management.
Executive Director, Women in View MODERATOR
Rina Fraticelli is the executive director of Women in View, a national organization dedicated to strengthening gender diversity in Canadian media. Since 2012, Women in View on Screen has reported annually on the employment of women in content–determining positions in Canadian film and TV. As an independent filmmaker, Fraticelli wrote, directed and produced a number of award-winning films. She served as executive producer of two National Film Board of Canada studios: Studio D, the legendary women's studio; and more recently, the Pacific and Yukon Studio. She brings to her work a diversified background in cultural production, policy and advocacy.