Online Secondary Research- Organisations and Projects 2

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.

Joining SWIFT

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.

 (Patterson, n.d.) A group for women filmmakers who want to work on film projects that create a positive image of women in the media. If you like the concepts of the following organizations and actively want to work on a film project to create social change then this is the group for you!
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

About 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.

Consider becoming a member (it’s free) and visit our contribution guidelines to learn about ways in which you can get involved with agnès films.

Thank you for visiting! Our staff welcomes you.

Women directors, take action! (Byrne, 2014)

Females First directors like Emily Kai Bock and Maja Borg tell Dazed why sexism in the film industry needs to change

Emily Kai Bock: “As a society, we need to be teaching young girls not to be spectators to boys”

Ninety-five per cent of Hollywood directors are men, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, and so are most of their crews.

There are simply not enough films being made by women. We want to change that.

Today, Dazed Digital launches Females First, a video series funding and premiering new work from the best emerging female directors in the world, from art shorts and music videos to documentaries and fashion films. The subject matter will be bold and broad, and all will be created by women.

We asked future FF contributors Emily Kai Bock, Cathy Brady, Aoife McArdle, Destiny Ekaragha and Maja Borg to explain how they broke through and what needs to change. Head here to find out more about Females First.

“I’m convinced there are masterful filmmakers out there who for whatever reason can’t access filmmaking, and many of these are women. As a society, we need to be teaching young girls not to be spectators to boys. Also, not to be intimidated by technology. You don’t need a big crew to make a small film. I don’t want to silence male filmmakers who are speaking for a woman – I don’t feel like I can speak for all women, or that I can’t speak for a man – but I’d like to hear equal voices being heard. Women need to speak up and both men and women need to listen.”

“It’s easy to feel intimidated by this industry – it’s mostly made up of white middle-class men and that can make you feel like you don’t belong. Be aware of this but don’t carry it. Walk into that room like you’re supposed to be there, because if you’ve done the work, you are. Remember that.”

“My aim in my filmmaking is to focus on people who are usually not seen. Women and lesbians in particular have obviously existed throughout history, but their voices have been lost and silenced. We need to shine a light on them.”

“I can only talk from my experience, but I love seeing bold, intriguing, complex female characters onscreen. Certainly in cinema there are not enough female-driven stories. We need to see the full picture. For years we’ve been predominantly focused on ‘his story’. I want to understand and challenge ‘her story’.”

“Feature film is slowly changing in terms of its representation of women – Clio Barnard is fucking amazing – but it’s still shocking how few women realise they can be directors or DoPs. Watching Lynne Ramsay and Jane Campion films as a kid made me realise it was possible to be a director. I’d love to have an all-female crew, for instance, but that’s near impossible. This just makes no sense to me. We need to celebrate existing women filmmakers and inspire girls to get out and become cinematographers and directors.”

Keep checking here for more information about Females First, and check out our dA-Zed guide to female filmmakers and our list of ultimate female innovators in cinema

The information that I have found by looking at all of this information on projects and organizations, is that there is a need for organisations such as these considering the statistics behind why they have been set up. Many of the organisations have been set up years ago, although it seems as if there is potentially more need for them today than there have been in previous years, with the percentage of women working in the film industry dropping. However, there are many opportunites for women all around the world, from the organisations in the UK and US, to the international organisations that have been set up, and so if women were made more aware of these organisations and projects they could capitalise on that and maybe start getting more employment in the industry as filmmakers. It doesn’t seem completely fair at the moment that women have to pay to join a lot of these organisations, but it does offer networking and showcasing opportunities so it could be worth it.

Reference List:, (n.d.). About « agnesfilms: a site for female filmmakers. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2014].

Byrne, J. (2014). Women directors, take action!. [online] Dazed. Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2014].

Lauzen, M. (2008). Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: SDSU. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2014].

Patterson, P. (n.d.). Women Filmmakers for Equal Representation in Film. [online] Meetup. Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2014].

SWIFT – Savannah Women In Film & Television, (2014). SWIFT – Savannah Women In Film & Television. [online] Available at: [Accessed 30 Nov. 2014].

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