Symposiums on Gender in Media

Global Symposium 2015

Our 2015 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media was held in London with upcoming dates in Mumbai and Brazil in 2016. Our 2014 global symposiums were held in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

The Global Symposium in London was October 8, 2015 and was hosted by the BFI London Film Festival. It was the Institute’s first Global Symposium on Gender in Media outside the U.S. Geena Davis was the opening keynote at the Global Symposium and introduced new global research on the influence of international films on diverse film audiences will be presented.

The first panel was introduced by BFI CEO Amanda Nevill CBE and explored the impact of film on global issues concerning women and girls, focusing on organizational strategies and interventions. In this context, the BFI outlined how it is addressing gender equality in film including its groundbreaking "three-ticks" initiative aimed at ensuring BFI-backed films represent the diversity of the UK.

The second panel was introduced by producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Chair of WFTV, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2015. The focus was on storytelling from around the world and empowering women and girls through film.

Symposium Impact Survey Results

Our biannual symposiums on gender in media have reached more than 3,000 leading CEOs and decision makers in the entertainment industry, corporations and non-profitorganizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls. Post-attendance surveys have shown:

  • 91.5% of respondents indicated that the information they learned would influence how they perceive gender balance and stereotypes in their work.
  • 97% of respondents would share and utilize our research findings with their peers and in their companies.
  • 100% of respondents felt satisfied or very satisfied with the Symposium.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Geena Davis

Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
@GDIGM

Amanda Nevill

Chief Executive
British Film Institute

Elizabeth Karlsen

Chair
WFTV UK Producer, Carol

PANELS AND SPEAKERS

Madeline Di Nonno

CEO
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Clare Stewart

Festival Director
BFI London Film Festival

How Film Impacts Issues Affecting Women and Children

Shami Chakrabarti

Director
Liberty

Baroness Mary Goudie

Co Founder
30% Club

David Kosse

Director
Film4

Eileen Naughton

Managing Director and VP
UK-Ireland Sales & Operations Google

Amanda Nevill

Chief Executive
British Film Institute

Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland

Rt. Hon. Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC
 

Empowering Women and Girls Through Film

Bonnie Greer, Moderator

Playwright, Novelist, Critic
 

Destiny Ekaragha

Writer/Director
Gone Too Far!

Elizabeth Karlsen

Chair,
WFTV UK Producer, Carol

Laurie MacDonald

Producer
He Named Me Malala

Deepa Mehta

Writer/Director
Beeba Boys

Abi Morgan

Writer
Suffragette

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Thank You to our Generous Partners and Sponsors

2015 Symposium Partners

BFI London Film Festival
Women in Film and TV UK
Bloomberg
Google
ITVS
Oak Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
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