We have the pleasure to introduce a project called SNOWE – Women in Film, Creative Networking.
The project was founded by Balkan New Film Festival – BaNeFF in Stockholm, in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade and supported by the Swedish Institute. It aims at reaching out to women who create films in Sweden and South East Europe. (SNOWE stands for South North West & East).
The project has been in Belgrade, Serbia, Sockholm Sweden, Skopje Macedonia, when a group of women, film creators visited those cities.
During a couple of days Women Filmmaker use to have the opportunity to get insights into many organizations dealing with film productions, communications and to meet women who are creating film in a world that is traditionally dominated by men.
SNOWE would appreciate if women can share their experiences and views regarding the challenges and opportunities that women in general meet in the film industry. Because, only through interactions and dialogues, we can find new inspirations and strength to overcome the challenges that women in film usually are faced with, in whichever country they live in.
As we also would like to use this opportunity to present film creators from Sweden, regarding possibility for future collaboration. We will also arrange screenings of one of swedish guests films that will take place during the study visit. The screenings would be open for the public in different cinemas, a state owned film institutions, and that use to be acknowledged as one of the most important cultural institutions/archives in the filmcountry.
Some of the key directions and messages in this project are the following:
• The films that will be presented should be of a newer date (not older than 3-4 years)
• The films should aim at artistic qualities and should not advocate any specific political views.
• The overall topic is Women’s position in Film industry both as creators and decision makers.
In this context we would like to specifically raise the question of how to empower the womans’ role in the film branch? Namely, in order to take projects to the next level in the film industry, there is a need of solid creative leaders – decision makers, and it is in this area that we find it possible and necessary to highlight the woman’s potentials.
We hope that SNOWE study visit will be one in a line of many planned activities, aimed at creating channels of communication and areas of exchange of knowledge, experience and possible collaborations. It is planned to develop into a cooperation in both directions between Sweden and Serbia, and therefore we would appreciate very much if you would like to be a part of it.
SNOWE – founder and coordinator
Asta Rantanen, Project manager Swedish Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org