Gender Scholarship attracts high numbers of women in comedy

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2021

Gender Scholarship attracts high numbers of women in comedy

We’re pleased to see that the New Zealand Film Commission’s 2020 Gender Scholarship received its highest number of applications since its inception. According to the NZFC Annual Report 2019-20, tabled in Parliament on 27 January, 123 women working in comedy applied.  In addition, the NZFC met its goal of 50% women directors attached to projects receiving feature film development and production financing.

Click here to read the full annual report https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/resources/annual-report-201920

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The Tokyo Woman Project

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2021

Tokyo Woman

Here's a chance to help activate gender equality internationally! In 2019, Japanese women made headlines so documentary maker Gwen Isaacs went to Japan to find out why. Gwen observed the ignition of female-empowerment (Feminizumu) within the Japanese women she encountered, began filming their stories, and the result was her short documentary Tokyo Woman.

"I met - and filmed - some incredible women, who privileged me with their personal stories, three of which are touched on in this short film," says Gwen. However, her doco is a part of a much bigger idea, The Tokyo Woman Project, which aims to help more of these personal stories to emerge - not just in Japan, but internationally.

Click the link for more information about The Tokyo Woman Project and to watch Gwen's film. While you're there, sign up to the mailing list - the more people who sign up, the more chance we have to show these types of stories are necessary!