The Female Filmmaker Network is a project supported by the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme ‘Culture’ and implemented by four partners coming from the Baltic and Nordic countries – Rucka Art Foundation, an independent art institution based in Cesis, Latvia, MoKS, a non-profit artist-run project space in Estonia situated in the rural community of Mooste, Film på Gotland, one of Sweden’s nineteen regional film centers, and Bergmanscenter, a cultural centre that focuses on the life and artistic achievements of legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.
The main objective of the network is to bring together female filmmakers – directors, producers, cinematographers, sound recordists, editors and others from Estonia, Latvia and Sweden to give them the opportunity to share the challenges related to working in the film industry, listen to empowering stories and experiences, and develop new projects. The contacts made through the Female Filmmakers network will result in common projects and Baltic-Nordic co-productions of films relevant for women today.
The project partners are looking to receive motivated applications from both experienced and upcoming filmmakers from Estonia, Latvia and Sweden who are interested in working on creating joint Baltic-Nordic film projects or participating in their implementation.
Following the open call, there will be a series of 3 workshops, one in each country. The purpose of the workshops will be two-fold: firstly, to help Baltic and Nordic female filmmakers to make contacts with their counterparts in other countries that would be beneficial for future projects and potential co-productions, and secondly, to work on different issues across the disciplines within the film industry.
The first 4-day workshop will take place at Rucka Artist Residency, in Cesis, Latvia on 31 May – 3 June. It will be dedicated to the group introduction and challenges of being a female in the film industry. The second workshop will take place on 19-22 July 2020, at MoKS artist space in Mooste, Estonia and will concentrate on managing expectations between different professions within the film industry. The third workshop will be held on 27-30 September 2020 in Gotland, Sweden and will concentrate on networking and co-production issues with special emphasis on addressing the topics that are relevant and interesting for women today.
The project will cover participants’ travel from their home country to the workshop location, as well as accommodation and catering costs. Participants will stay in shared (double) rooms with shared bathroom.