European women film artists and producers attending the Sydney Film Festival this year (from left to right) Nadezhda Gorshkova, Hope Dickson Leach, Rusudan Glurjidze, Teona Strugar Mitevska, Rachel Braunschweig and Shahrbanoo Sadat were welcomed by Australian producer legend Jan Chapman (THE PIANO, in the centre) - ambassador for EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM


For the second time EFP (European Film Promotion) together with the Sydney Film Festival present EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM, a programme designed to stress the importance of gender equality and diversity in the film industry by presenting ten outstanding women directors from Europe. To show her strong support for the initiative renowned Australian producer Jan Chapman (THE PIANO) joined the filmmakers. The four day event included a public talk on gender issues and also featured "Raising Films" a get-together about making films, making families and making a difference. Founded by one of the filmmakers Hope Dickson Leach the initiative fights the barriers that parents and carers face in the film industry.

The selected films are:

Mister Universo
Director: Tizza Covi

Co-Director: Rainer Frimmel
Austria, Italy / Austrian Films

House of Others

Georgia, Spain, Russia, Croatia / Georgian National Film Center

Axolotl Overkill
Director: Helene Hegemann

Germany / German Films

Sami Blood
Director: Amanda Kernell

Sweden, Norway, Denmark / Swedish Film Institute

The Levelling

UK / British Council

When the Day Had No Name

FYR of Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia / Macedonian Film Agency

School Life

Co-Director: David Rane
Ireland, Spain / Irish Film Board

Wolf and Sheep

Denmark, France, Sweden, Afghanistan / The Danish Film Institute

Director: Claudia Varejao

Portugal, Switzerland / Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P., ICA

The Divine Order
Director: Petra Volpe

Switzerland / Swiss Films

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