IDFA, one of the world's leading documentary festivals has announced it has signed up to the 5050x2020 Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals. Launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and previously signed by the festivals of Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Annecy, and Sarajevo, the 5050x2020 initiative requests that film festivals around the world promise greater gender equality by undertaking a strict series of measures on transparency and accountability. As the world's largest documentary film festival, IDFA is in a position to help create long term change.
Calling all writers, directors, producers! Here's a fantastic chance to gain valuable insights into creating independent films in New Zealand. Script to Screen will host a case-study event on the successful, independently financed feature film Stray, the debut feature from New Zealand writer/director/producer Dustin Feneley. The film received five-star reviews at the NZIFF, and secured theatrical distribution in Australasia for release in New Zealand on 4 October. In this comprehensive case study, Feneley will discuss both the creative and the practical, and talk about:
his unique approach to screenwriting and directing,
trusting your gut and following your creative instincts as a filmmaker
staying passionate during the years of script development and financing
growing your entrepreneurial skills and tenacity to succeed as an independent filmmaker
how the STRAY team financed the project as an independent film, with a particular focus on the extensive process behind the record-breaking crowdfunding campaign.