The Animation Pimp: Ladies’ Night
I wish we lived in a world where this question didn't have to be asked. Personally, I don't think that a screening of films made by 'women' makes much sense unless it is further themed. Retrospective programs are great for uncovering 'gems' that would otherwise be unknown -- great animation from students at particular schools, for example. So it makes sense to me to gather 'hard to see' films (or student films) by well-known female animators or women working on some particular theme or from some particular country. People (mostly women, but also some men) often ask me why women aren't more widely represented in my lectures, though I make an effort to insert women when I have that option. I also try to insert films from around the world. If a festival makes the effort (assuming it wants to) to present a balanced program in respect to themes, techniques, national origins, gender, and whatever else, then a 'films by women' screening, as a simple category, isn't needed. Maybe make more of an effort to target groups you want to submit -- Women in Animation, Women in Film, etc. That's what we do when we do faculty searches, trying to attract more diverse applications. Then maybe have a backup selection committee or person that could go through some of the rejected submissions to see if fresh eyes could add 'diversity' to a panorama or competition screening. Anyway, my two cents . . . The lower percentage of women is a problem in history books, too -- including my own. I'm working on it . . .
Maureen is taking shots at me!
Except I don't do selection solo.. Keltie can vouch
Plus we screen the shit out of lady films
Agree with all of the above, especially Maureen. I haven't come across this that much, as my films are normally put into late night 'saucy' screenings rather than 'women's' screenings. This makes sense because it's about the type of films I make not because I happen to be a woman. A screening of women's films is pretty meaningless but a screening of films about issues of particular interest to women would be interesting. The films could be by men and women but the subject matter is what would be from a woman's perspective.
I recently went to the Animateka festival in Slovenia (with Leah Zagury) and was blown away by so many great films by young women students. They are super talented and ambitious and I'm sure they'd be horrified at the thought of being lumped in a women's screening!
thanks for all these diverse and thoughtful perspectives!
I regret to say I haven't been to Ottawa in a while, so I don't know what you show . . . it wasn't intended as a shot. I'm just saying that someone who intentionally is looking for opportunities could go in after official selection to see if anything was overlooked. You could even do that yourselves. I suppose that's obvious, but maybe someone with different 'taste' might open things up in various directions. My point was really that a special screening wouldn't be necessary if it were possible for your festival or any other to allow for more diversity in general. I have jet lag, so that's the best I can explain it . . . simple form: 'films by women' = 'no'
hi all. I thought it might be different and mildly funny to just reprint these dialogues unedited into the column. Is that okay with everyone...or is there stuff you'd want removed? I just like the looseness of the chat...and the different streams... it shows that it's a complex issue with no clear answers. Rather than be editing and rewriting it all into something smooth...i'm feeling it's more raw and honest to present it as is.. If anyone objects, let me know.. Thanks again too.
You're just lazy, Chris. You made us work and now harvest it.
Another proof that women must work harder than men to achieve anything!
I'll keep that line in
um. let my edit mine. i did nooot edit that enough. and i no has good grammar...
That's going in to Leah.
is it because im a woman?!
fine by me
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