Gender inequality has plagued the filmmaking industry for decades, yet 2018 has been the year for change and addressing systemic sexism. While the world of directing is still mostly dominated by men, there has been a surge of female talent entering the industry however resources to help women navigate the creative landscape remain limited.
Discussing two initiatives that are establishing ways for women to carve out a filmmaking career Naomi Taylor from The Drum spoke with So Mayers, the founder of Raising Films and Nina Salomons, producer at VR Focus and lead of VR Diversity Initiative on this week’s SheSays Says podcast.
Raising Films is a crowd-funded initiative that aims to create a conversation around juggling parenthood with filmmaking. Although set up primarily to support women, the organisation also looks to help men who are struggling to fulfil their share of co-parenting responsibilities, while also revealing the realities and hardships of balancing a family alongside a filmmaking career.
Salomons also touches on the difficulties of women entering the industry, due in part to the ongoing gender stereotypes in place within the industry, particularly across the tech and gaming sectors. VR Focus and VR Diversity Initiative aims to create clearer career paths for women keen to get into virtual, augmented and mixed reality, by facilitating trans generational conversations and providing greater access to the industry through training and mentorship schemes.
Tune in for tips on how to establish a healthy work-life balance, the importance of creating employee protection schemes within filmmaking and best practices for female filmmakers to enter the world of tech.