Looking ahead to the 2020 'Diversity in Film Conference'
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Looking ahead to the 2020 ‘Diversity in Film Conference’

A Global Digital Conference For Diversity & Inclusion in Film and TV
Hosted by Women in Film & TV International
August 21 – 23, 2020

CARLA 2020 is an online conference bringing together filmmakers and writers with researchers, executives, financiers, and activists for a powerful conference focusing on creating lasting structural change in film and television. Virtual and interactive keynotes, panels, roundtables, networking events and workshops will introduce progressive research, discuss best practices and launch groundbreaking initiatives. CARLA 2020hopes to provide knowledge, tools and inspiration for rebuilding a more balanced industry post-COVID-19.

The declared mission of CARLA 2020 is to generate a deeper understanding of the power and impact of film and television to create cultural progress. The conference will highlight the fact that an increased focus on off- and on-screen representation is crucial for constructing a sustainable future. Reaching beyond the work of film festivals and industry events, systemic change and personal growth is the main focus at CARLA 2020.

The programming at CARLA 2020 will discuss topics such as mechanisms of power, racism, unconscious bias, intersectionality, sexual harassment, safety on set, decolonising narratives; all within the framework of the film and TV industry and the growing global movement for constructive social change.

Helene Granqvist, President of Women in Film & Television International, commented, “Carla 2020 is an innovative collaboration within the global film and television industries. We’re aligning research and practice to forge new and bold paths forward. Carla is all about creating change in a time when we so desperately need it.” 

It’s very encouraging that the first global gender equality meeting for researchers and industry professionals will be taking place soon,” says Anna Serner, Head of Swedish Film Institute. “I’m very much looking forward to participating in Carla 2020, and I’m proud of the fact that it’s being hosted in Sweden.”

CARLA 2020 has assembled a stellar lineup, with more talent to be announced closer to the event.

Keynote speakers:

  • Amma Asante, BAFTA Award winning UK director of A United Kingdom and Belle
  • Anna Serner, CEO, The Swedish Film Institute (Sweden)
  • Mo Abudu, Writer, Producer, Broadcaster & Entrepreneur, EbonyLife (Nigeria)
  • Tabitha Jackson, Director of Sundance Film Festival (US)

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Paul Feig, Producer, Director (US)
  • Julie Taymor, Director, Frida, The Tempest, The Glorias (US)
  • Gale Anne Hurd, Producer, Writer (US)
  • Yvette Nicole Brown, Actress (US)
  • Heather Rae, Producer (US)
  • Lesli Linka Glatter, Director (Homeland) (US)
  • Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Director (UK)
  • Emilia Roig, Co-founder, Center for Intersectionality (Germany)
  • Shonali Bose, Director (India)
  • Kalki Koechlin, Actress (India)
  • Adrian Politowski, Align-Group (Brussels & LA) 

CARLA 2020 will be moderated by Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood; Wendy Mitchell, journalist and festival consultant; Victoria Thomas, London Film School; Themba Bhebhe, European Film Market; and Johanna Koljonen, journalist and media analyst.

CARLA 2020 is very proud to host the launch of Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), a new book by Dr. Susan Liddy (editor). Contributors from 17 countries, who present their research at CARLA 2020, provide a comprehensive analysis of the scale and impact of gender inequality in industries across the world.

CARLA 2020 will also host a presentation of the findings of the Swedish Film Institute’s upcoming research report about racism and ageism in the film industry. 

Additional special events will include a global networking session with members of WIFTI chapters and affiliated groups.

Visit the Carla 2020 website for more information.

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