ABOUT US (SWIFT – Savannah Women In Film & Television, 2014)
SWIFT is an organization of professional women from all realms of Film and Television. SWIFT is dedicated to networking, collaborating, mentoring and attracting a wide variety of productions to Savannah.
Benefits of membership:
Profile with resume on the SWIFT website
Access to private Facebook page
Monthly meetings with programs about film and television in Savannah.
Find out about projects coming to Savannah.
Networking with other female film professionals in Savannah.
Send us your resume with a minimum of 3 professional film and television credits.
After review we will send you an acceptance e-mail with a link to our secure PAYPAL account.
The fee for membership is $30 per year.
(Lauzen, 2008) The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University is the most widely cited and trusted source of information on the representation of women in film and television. For more than a decade, researchers affiliated with the Center have provided individuals working in the entertainment industry and members of the public with extensive and forward-thinking research on the employment of women.
Scholars at the Center conduct an extensive agenda of original research documenting women’s under-representation and investigating the reasons for the continuing gender inequities.
Every year, The Celluloid Ceiling tracks the employment of women working as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors on the top grossing films. Another annual study, Boxed In, follows the employment of behind-the-scenes women in prime-time television. A new study, Independent Women, regularly monitors women’s behind-the-scenes employment on films appearing at high-profile film festivals in the U.S. Still other studies investigate the representation of women and men as film critics and writers (Thumbs Down); and compare the budgets, box office grosses, and DVD sales of movies made by women and men filmmakers (Women @ the Box Office).
Through its research and programs, the Center documents, explores, and celebrates the accomplishments of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors — who happen to be women — and encourages more women to pursue careers in these important storytelling roles.
Anyone who wants to be an activist for change and work on our film projects. Producers, Directors, Videographers, Animators, Illustrators, Writers, Journalists, Social Media Activists, Voice Artists, Actors, Film Editors, Audio Artists, Musicians, Research and Data Entry Superstars
a community of women filmmakers
agnesfilms.com is named in honor of Agnès Varda, the French filmmaker who has been making women-centered fiction films and documentaries for over 50 years. Varda, in spite of the high quality of her work, remains an obscure figure to mainstream audiences around the world. This is not surprising, since the film industry is not always supportive of women who want to work behind—as opposed to in front of—the camera. According to the 2012 Celluloid Ceiling report, women comprised only 18% of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors in the 250 top-grossing films. A mere 1% increase since 1998, when Dr. Martha Lauzen began keeping track of women’s presence in film.
In an effort to provide support to emerging and established female filmmakers and to scholars interested in their work, our site aims to do the following:
• Foster a community of women filmmakers, scholars, instructors who teach film and filmmaking, and film lovers who support each other. We hope to be joined by men who are interested in films made by women, as well as male filmmakers, scholars, and filmmaking/film instructors. Our aim is for our community to be diverse in terms of race, class, and sexual orientation.
• Shed light on the work of talented and committed women filmmakers working today, who, like Varda, don’t have the visibility they merit. We do this in the form of reviews of films made by women, and less often films by men featuring prominent female roles. We also have interviews with female filmmakers and through our featured member section we share narratives of the experiences women undergo as they stand behind the camera. We also discuss the history of women and feminist filmmakers through our critical analyses of past and current films.
• Provide a space where filmmakers and scholars come together to discuss their crafts and learn from each other, fostering project collaborations and strong connections between these two groups that don’t always find ways to intersect but have so much to gain from each other.
• Help women not trained in cinematic techniques be able to tell stories in this powerful medium.
• Showcase our members’ films and publications, as well as new developments in their careers.
Thank you for visiting! Our staff welcomes you.