Venus Filmmakers Update by Anne-Cecile Ville

VENUS FILMMAKERS’ FIRST VIDEOCALL

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Venus Filmmakers’ first videocall went great. Nine of us attended, which is a great start! I first related how Deborah V. Oziel, the founder of Planet Venus, found herself in a quandary when her co-working space business collapsed following as the result of the COVID pandemic in 2020. That year, Deborah realized that the future can be uncertain, so you might as well strive to do what you want to in life. In Deborah’s case, it was creating a place where women help each other aka PLANET VENUS.

ABOUT VENUS FILMMAKERS

Venus Filmmakers is a group in Planet Venus where you can meet and collaborate with
international women from the filmmaking world, attend monthly talks and
interviews with women in the filmmaking industry, and collaborate with other
women in the Planet Venus network.

SOCIETY’S BIASES 

As women, we face a particular set of circumstances in a patriarchal society. We are told that feminism is a dirty word, but it simply means ‘equality’. Male qualities are the benchmark, and we are supposed to help and nurture others (before ourselves). Finally, society tell us that we are in competition with other women.

As a result, we are constantly having to adjust who we are to ‘make ourselves smaller’.

CONSEQUENCES ON OUR WELLBEING

Society’s biases can lead to overwhelming mental load. As a result, we usually undersell ourselves (wages, competencies etc.), we lack confidence, we do not ask for help, we have trouble saying ‘no’, and we do not support other women.

 

CHANNEL THE CONFIDENCE OF MEDIOCRE MEN

To highlight our need for more confidence, I
concentrated on the shortcomings of Donald Trump by highlighting how his
confidence far superseded his abilities. However, he knows how to pitch himself
in a few words, and he is a member of many powerful men’s clubs.
 

GO PAST THOSE CHALLENGES

Here is what you can do:

DEFINE YOURSELF IN A SENTENCE 

I have noticed that many of you have not listed a description in your Planet Venus profiles. Have a think and tell us how wonderful you are!


SAY NO

Dare say no particularly when it feels uncomfortable. It helps.


NETWORK!

Aim to connect with other people, particularly women in your field. Ask for help!


CHAMPION OTHER WOMEN

Do not just ‘like’ – share, retweet, comment, support other women!


CHANGE IS SCARY

But we need to feel the fear and do it anyway.

INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE BRIX ANDERSEN

Finally, I interviewed Louise Brix Andersen. Louise is a writer and filmmaker with 15 years’ experience, a woman’s advocate, and a martial artist. This year, she wrote, produced, and directed her short film, The Pill, remotely with the help of people from nine countries. The call lasted an hour and a half. Way beyond the hour mark, but Louise’s tips were so helpful. I have listed a few below:

MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

When producing a film, ensure that everyone is on the same page. It is important to discuss and assign clear roles from the start to avoid frustration later. Moreover, it helps you become more respected as a filmmaker.


ACQUIRING FUNDING

We know about crowdfunding, but these take a huge amount of time. Moreover, most people are usually not interested because they do not get any real perks out of it. Therefore, Louise recommends being creative and ensuring your sponsors get ‘something back’ for their money. In her case, she knew industry people with years of experience who were willing to do zoom calls on pitching, for example. People then paid a fee to attend and were therefore supporting the film without even knowing it!

FESTIVAL PLANNING

Most filmmakers send their completed film to Film Festivals. However, there are thousands of them, and it can become expensive! Louise recommends hiring a festival consultant. By hiring a festival consultant, you not only save yourself a lot of money, but you also increase your chances to win a prize. 

Thank you all for reading. See you next time!

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