Are you one of the, I believe, many women pursuing a career in film other than in front of the camera? If you’re hunting for grants, scholarships, pitching opportunities, and the like, to get your film finished, started, or sold, then you know how overwhelming it is to be in a sea of confusion and darkness when it comes to distribution and funding. That’s why I propose to form a coalition by which we can push our way and help each other succeed. I wrote, directed, and produced Hybrid, a 50 minute TV Show pilot premiered as Spyderwoman “The Kiss of Death” in the spring of 2014, It was adapted from the novel Spiderwoman, Taharai, an Amazon Legend available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1493742345.
Recently, after completing an MFA program in Creative Writing at Full Sail, searching for leads into the industry I came upon Florida’s chapter of Women in Film and Television, WIFT, founded in 1973 by “a group of women who represented several facets” of women in film. In order to apply for the Scholarship of $1000 to finish your film, you must be a member for at least six months. The cost of full membership is $75. Realistically, with $1000, how much movie can be produced? By today’s standards, even an independent film costs more than that per minute of film. Take women in film seriously, show us some respect and give incentives of $5,000 and higher if you really want to help women in film succeed. I appreciate and agree that $1000 is better than nothing, and I would be willing to volunteer for the planning of events that would raise a higher sum. However, WIFFF, WOMEN IN FILM FINISHING FUND, of the WIFTI, Women in Film and Television International, boasts grants of up to $15,000. You know what they say, you can make a movie for nothing nowadays, but you won’t be paying for meals, will have to beg crew to work, or hire union actors. Be realistic, are we beggars or filmmakers, do we want bad actors, or take actors seriously? Did you beg to go to film school and get a free tuition?
According to Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, in a study of women’s behind-the-scenes employment on independent films in 2013-14, 26% of women work in key position on feature films that screen at high profile film festivals. This is a 2% increase since 2008-09. Furthermore, the study finds that women account for only 23% of writers, 39% of producers, 28% of directors, 20% of editors, and 12% of cinematographers. In a 2013 Celluloid Ceiling report he percentage decreases in the industry as women account for only 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 17% of editors, 3% of cinematographers, and 25% of producers in the top 250 films of 2013. http://www.wmm.com/resources/film_facts.shtml According Women’s E-News 78% of protagonists are male. Only one woman has won an Oscar for best director, Kathryn Bigelow, 2010, and only four have been nominated.
If you would like to join me, share your knowledge, or give advice, please post in this blog, leave your contact information at my website www.angelaterga.com, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Woman in Film, producer, director, writer, we need to open doors and raise these numbers, don’t you agree?
The next Cinderella story, a 2015 Disney production, continues to portray women as needing to find “Prince Charming” in order to escape the drudgery of life. Is this what 21st Century girls should be influenced by? I’d have thought there could be more creativity at Disney’s studios.