Guneet Monga launches Women In Film, India chapter, at Cannes

WIF: India aims to bring parity and opportunities for women seeking careers in the screen industries
Guneet Monga launches Women In Film, India chapter, at Cannes

In a bid to have gender equity in the Indian screen industries, filmmaker Guneet Monga Kapoor in association with Women In Film, Los Angeles, launched an India chapter of Women in Film at an event at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

WIF: India aims to bring parity and opportunities for women seeking careers in the screen industries. An advisory council of industry leaders will be assembled with representation from across India to support the programming and advocacy of WIF: India, including research, mentorship, and creative labs for women filmmakers. WIF: India is an independent chapter but will collaborate with Los Angeles-based WIF, which is the founding chapter of the WIFTI network.

“From being in rooms where male colleagues have had to communicate on my behalf so I would be taken seriously to leading International co-productions and studio-scale projects, I’ve seen and been actively involved in the progress over two decades,” said Guneet. “Yet comprehensive studies like the ‘O Womaniya! The 2023 report' still suggests a lack of gender diversities across key filmmaking departments. The study of 156 films reported only 12% of head-of-department positions were occupied by women.”

She added, “Throughout its 50 years, WIF has worked to transform the culture in Hollywood by helping build the pipeline for emerging women creatives. My hope for WIF: India is to help lower the systemic barriers in accessing these jobs for women, as well as excite a new era of transformation – by offering mentorship, networking, and opening up fellowships, workshops, and an industry helpline to help sustain the careers of those currently in the industry.”

Founded in 1973 as Women In Film, Los Angeles, WIF has been fighting for gender equity for more than 50 years. WIF works to dismantle gender bias in the screen industries by building the pipeline, sustaining careers, and advocating for change.

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