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Austrian Film Institute’s gender activities

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  • In cooperation with drehbuchFORUM Vienna the Austrian Film Institute initiates and finances for the fourth time the script writing competition 2019/20 If she can see it, she can be it focusing on female characters beyond the cliché.

2019

  • For the third time the Austrian Film Institute organizes ProPro The Producers’ Programme for Women hosting high scale international female industry professionals empowering 19 female film producers from nine different countries. The participation of the Austrian attendees is funded by the Austrian Film Institute. The programme receives the EURIMAGES patronage.
  • In cooperation with drehbuchFORUM Vienna the Austrian Film Institute initiates and finances for the third time the script writing competition 2018/19 If she can see it, she can be it focusing on female characters beyond the cliché. Iris Blauensteiner wins the main prize consisting of 15,000 Euro and supervision of a script consultent with her treatment Gelbe Blätter.
  • Publication of the Annual Report 2018 analysing boards, funding decisions, theatrical releases and festival participations according to gender in the chapter Gender.
  • By resolution of the supervisory board the gender incentive 2019 becomes effective. With reference to the findings of the Austrian Film Gender Report 2012-2016 a new point system has been developed.

2018

  • First publication of The Austrian Film Gender Report commissioned by the Austrian Film Institute and the Arts and Culture Division of the Austrian Federal Chancellery. The Department of Sociology from the University of Vienna gathers funding data to analyse gender ratios within the Austrian film industry of the years 2012-2016.
  • Within the gender incentive measure 30,000 Euro were granted nine times.
  • On Equality.filminstitut.at interviews of female directors are published.
  • In cooperation with drehbuchFORUM Vienna the Austrian Film Institute initiates and finances for the second time the script writing competition 2017/18 If she can see it, she can be it focusing on female characters beyond the cliché. Lisa Terle wins the main prize consisting of 15,000 Euro and supervision of a script consultent with her treatment Trude.
  • Change within supervisory board: the gender ratio women/men changes from 4/8 to 5/7 meaning an increase of share of women from 33% to 42%. The chair is held by one of the male members.
  • Publication of the Annual Report 2017 analysing boards, funding decisions, theatrical releases and festival participations according to gender in the chapter Gender.
  • Austria takes over the chair position within the Eurimages Gender Equality Working Group.

2017

  • For the second time the Austrian Film Institute hosts ProPro – The Producers’ Programme for Women to empower female film producers and supports the participating Austrian female producers also financially.
  • A new Project Commission is appointed for the periode 2017-2020 consisting of five women and four men. This means that the share of women increases from 43% to 56%. The chair is held by one of the male members.
  • In its mission statement the new Project Commission commits itself to take care of both gender and diversity aspects in terms of content and achieving a 50% share of women within a projects film team in the long term.
  • Forth gender equality event for the Austrian Film Institute’s selection committee Project Commission and for the first time also for the employees of the Austrian Film Institute: Gender workshop held by Prof. Elisabeth Holzleithner and Prof. Nikolaus Benke, both members of the Austrian advertising standards board.
  • By resolution of the supervisory board the gender incentive 2017/18 – a measure aiming to increase the share of female filmmakers off screen – becomes effective. Within the gender incentive scheme 30,000 Euro were granted four times.
  • The depiction of the gender specific distribution of individual-related cost positions in the application form is obligatory. The delivered data show the status quo of gender budgeting, which aims at the parity distribution of funding amounts according to the Austrian federal constitutional law, Article 51.
  • The project commission receives readers’ analyses on gender & diversitiy for each applying project. It’s within the members’ discretion to consider the analyses for their funding decisions.
  • For the second time after 2016 the Gender Equality Working Group CPP-ESA meets in order to finalize the recommendations for the improvement of gender equality in the audiovisual sector. On the orders of the Council of Europe the recommendations and standards enter into force for all member States.
  • The chapter Gender of the Annual Report 2016 is comprised of four pages analysing boards, funding decisions, theatrical releases and festival participations according to gender.

2016

  • The Austrian Film Institute is part of the ad hoc working group Gender Equality CPP-ESA developing common guidelines for the improvement of gender equality in the audiovisual sector. An initiative of the Council of Europe aiming to implement the claims of the Sarajevo Conference Declaration on Gender Equality.
  • Use of the female and male Bechdel-Test in order to analyze the content of screenplays applying for production Funding.
  • Funding Decisions published after each Project Commission selection meeting also contain gender-ratios referring to direction, screenplay resp. funding beneficiary for both applications and funded projects.
  • Third gender equality event for the Austrian Film Institute’s selection committee Project CommissionHelen Jacey’s workshop Writing the Heroine’s Story
  • Initiation and financing of the script writing competition If she can see it, she can be it focussing on strong women characters in cooperation with the drehbuchFORUM Vienna. Kick-off event with Helen Jacey. Katarina Daschner wins the 15,000 Euro main price with her treatment Wanda und Nikita including dramaturgical support until the script is finished.
  • The diversity and gender film catalogue on equality.filminstitut.at is put online aiming to visualize female and migration background filmmakers off screen and their stories on screen.
  • Equality.filminstitut.at, the Austrian Film Institute’s website for Gender & Diversity is put online.
  • Change within Supervisory Board: Ratio women/men changes from 3 of 9 to 4 of 8. The share of female members increases from one quarter to one third. The chairperson is male.
  • The chapter Gender of the Annual Report 2015 is comprised of two pages analysing boards and funding decisions according to gender.

2015

  • Tuition fee cost absorption for female participants of the MBA programme for Film, Media & Digital Management of the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna
  • Gender-specific evaluation of projects receiving production funding between 2011-2014. See German version of Genderauswertung.
  • Publication of gender statistics analysing production funding of the years 2011-2014 according to gender on the Austrian Film Institute’s website.
  • Publication of the EWA Report Where are the women directors? on gender-equality for directors in the Austrian and European film industry, analysing the years 2006-2013 in collaboration with 6 other European countries under the patronage of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network.
  • Signing of the Sarajevo Conference Declaration on Gender Equality by the Council of Europe
  • Hosting of the ProPro – Producers‘ Programme for Women and funding of the participants
  • Publication of the Annual Report 2014 analysing boards and funding decisions according to gender within its chapter Gender.
  • Austria takes the chair of the Eurimages Gender Equality Working Group on an interim basis.

2014

  • Second gender equality event for the Austrian Film Institute’s selection committee Project Commission: Workshop with Tovje Törbjonsson from the Swedish Film Institute. Result: Project Commission declares a Mission Statement targeting a gender ratio of 60:40 in the departments direction, screenplay and production.
  • The division Equality in Gender and Diversity is defined within the Austrian Film Institute and equipped with budget. Tasks: data collection, data evaluation, data publishing, website, gender report, events for training and targeted support.
  • Change within Supervisory Board: Ratio women/men changes from 2/10 to 3/9. The share of women increases from 17% to 25%. The chairperson is male.
  • Number of Project Commission members increases from 16 to 20. Including the CEO’s voting right the number of eligible voters increases from 17 to 21, of which 9 are female and 12 are male. The share of women votes decreases from 47% to 43%. The chairperson is male.
  • Publication of the Annual Report 2013 analysing boards and funding decisions according to gender within its chapter Gender.

2013

  • Co-foundation of the Eurimages Gender Equality Group
  • First gender equality event for the Austrian Film Institute’s selection committee Project Commission: For the first time the Enlarged Eurimages Gender Equality Group is held during the Eurimages meeting in Vienna. Since then every meeting of the Eurimages Gender Equality Group is “enlarged”, i.e. open for other interested participants – in Vienna enlarged through the participation of the Project Commission and the Austrian association supporting female filmmakers FC Gloria.
  • Appointment of the Austrian EWA Ambassador
  • Replacement of the Project Commission having regard to Gender-Equality. Result: 9 male und 8 female members. As a consequence the share of women votes accounts for 47%. The chair person is male
  • Annual Report 2012 contains number of women and men (direction, script) receiving funding within a year

2012

  • Annual Report 2011 contains number of women and men (direction, script) receiving funding within a year

2009

  • All Austrian Film Institute’s publications and its website are gender-specifically phrased and therefore address both women and men equally.