This March 8 will truly be a happy Women’s Day for nine upcoming women directors from different parts of the world. The WIFT international network along with the Mumbai chapter of the NGO, dedicated to provide a dynamic platform to facilitate exchange of ideas, accelerate professional development, and recognise achievement of women in film, television and other screen-based media, has collaborated with the Films Division of India to showcase nine films, helmed by women directors.
“Films Division is collaborating with WIFT India because there is synergy and mutual respect for the endeavour undertaken to support the culture of filmmaking in India. So when Petrina D’Rozario and Uma da Cunha of WIFT brought this idea forward…we lent our support,” says VS Kundu, Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He adds that at the Films Division, their vision is to promote the culture of filmmaking and encourage independent filmmakers to optimise the available infrastructure. “WIFT is following our vision and commitment. And moreover it’s encouraging to see an auditorium filled with (an) enthusiastic (audience) amongst who perhaps are the next generation of storytellers,” he says.
The event will see screenings of films such as OMG (10 minutes), Olivia’s Birds And The Oil Spill (6.46 minutes), Lady Crush (11 minutes), First Kiss (13.22 minutes), Smart Is What You Get (5.20 minutes), Raspberry Jam (9.12 minutes), Reindeer (3 minutes), The Brazilian (8 minutes) and Dangerous Ride (14 minutes).
As far as the lack of women directors in the film industry is concerned, Kundu optimistically opinionates, “I’m sure there is a change waiting to happen. Maybe it’s already happening. And there will be a level-playing field for women in the world of film in the times to come,” he sums up.
On March 8, 6.30 pm onwards
At Films Division, 24, G D Marg, Cumballa Hill.