October 21, 2022 – 4:44 p.m
The production companies O2 Filmes, Conspiração, Gullane and Pródigo Filmes, the four main ones in Brazil, will commit to gender equality in the national audiovisual sector. The agreement comes from a partnership with the +Mulheres Líderes do Audiovisual Brasileiro movement, a UN Women-affiliated entity dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The commitment will be formalized with a document that will be signed in the discussion on the 46th São Paulo International Film Festival, next October 28, at the Cinemateca Brasileira, in São Paulo.
The initiative envisages producers’ internal diagnosis of gender and race in their teams and productions, from script, direction, production, to technical and corporate positions. The purpose is to establish policies that increase the number of diverse women in leading positions in the audiovisual sector. The commitment letter also calls on other national manufacturers to join the movement.
According to the latest data from the National Film Agency (Ancine), women are poorly represented in the leadership of national audiovisual works, with 20% and 25% respectively in the positions of director and screenwriter. The agency’s research also points out that the performance of black and indigenous women in these positions drops to zero in feature films.