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Women and Filmmaking – The Way Forward

16 June 2021

Host name: 

Anne-Cecile Ville


About the speakers: 

Anne-Cecile Ville is a French, bilingual (English/French) screenwriter, author and filmmaker who is also fluent in Spanish. Having lived in three countries, she loves to write heartfelt stories with unusual characters and surprising twists.

In 2019, she published her first novel, YOU PULL ME IN.

This year, she is partnering with other women and an influencer to produce her first comedy short film, THE PENIS CONUNDRUM. 

She is also the ambassador of VENUS FILMMAKERS with Planet Venus, a platform supporting women in the Filmmaking industry.

Her aim is to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker and start her own production company to promote women’s stories. 

Jenna Suru started her career at the International Sales Team of 2 top Distributors in Paris, Gaumont and SND (M6 Group). Jenna has been working for Canneseries (Cannes Series Festival) since the kickstart of its first edition in 2018, managing the relationships with French and International Authors and Producers, and kickstarting the In Development Forum co-organized with MIP Markets in the Palais des Festivals. She is the Director of the Paris International Film Festival, which presented in February the International Premiere of Kiss The Ground, the environmental documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson, and Cream, Nóra Lakos’s romantic modern tale, which was recently acquired by HBO. She produced and stars in her directorial debut period drama L’Âge d’Or (The Golden Age), London IFF 2020 Opening Night Winner

Kristin Fairweather is a former political appointee turned film director. She was selected by Sony Studios as one of the first filmmakers in their Sony Alpha Female six-month Creative Residency. She’s in development on a documentary series, “Breathing Underwater: America’s Invisible Women”, currently a finalist in the ScreenCraft Film Fellowship.  She is also known for her work directing romantic comedies.

Kristin has worked in television, notably on Ryan Murphy’s “911” and the comedy “Alone Together”. Kristin has directed several short films and high-profile commercials. In addition to film and tv work Kristin is an avid activist for women’s rights.

Kelly Holmes is a writer/director from the United Kingdom who has had her films purchased and broadcast on national French television, has screened award-winning shorts internationally at BAFTA and OSCAR qualifying festivals, and is developing her first feature film, a menopausal body horror, with Sharp House/Gallus Films. 

Moni Vargas is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, cofounder of Nuyorktricity, a Latin-owned production company and the co-creator of Friends We Love. She has directed an array of music videos, editorials, short documentaries, commercial and educational content, including Queen Latifah’s 11-part Confidence course and the pilot episodes of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talkshow. Her films have screened at international film festivals, The Bronx, and The Brooklyn Museum. She currently serves as the Creative and Program Director at Breakthrough US, a non-profit culture change organization that uses media to promote human rights through a feminist lens.

Louise Brix Andersen is a Danish-born, Barcelona-based writer and film director. She started her film studies at the European Film College in Denmark, and later continued her film studies at the NYU – School of Professional Studies, where she also directed and worked on several short films. In Barcelona she made a post degree in film directing and since then, Louise has written, directed and edited several short films, spots, commercials, and documentaries. Louise is an active member of several organizations and groups promoting women in film, and she is also co-founder of the group THE LEADING LADIES where she hosts monthly meeting. Currently Louise is in development of an anthology series with Danish production company Meta Film and a feature documentary film with Spanish production company Limmat Films.

Diane Bell is a Scottish born writer and filmmaker. Her first feature as writer/director, OBSELIDIA, premiered at Sundance 2010, winning two awards, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. She has written and directed two more films, including BLEEDING HEART, a feminist thriller starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet. In addition to her work as a director, Diane has written a number of optioned and commissioned screenplays, including two collaborations with John McTiernan (the director of Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October). She is the author of a bestselling book on successful indie filmmaking, SHOOT FROM THE HEART and teaches online courses on filmmaking, screenwriting and living an abundant, creative life.


Short description of the event: 

A roundtable of award-winning women filmmakers from Denmark, Spain, the UK, France, and the USA will discuss the challenges women face in the filmmaking world, and what we can do to thrive in the industry.

Content and structure: 

A panel of experienced women will discuss their journey into filmmaking and share tips and stories to inspire other women filmmakers.


Date and time 

16/06/2021 – 18:00h 


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June 16
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