Activist Sites

These activist sites – and those who work there – consistently nourish and inspire me. I've written about some here and individually; and include those links where relevant. Send me more if you have them, am sure I've missed some!

For women's film festivals, check out the Women's Film Festivals Around The World tab!

African Women in Cinema
Beti Ellerson's blog, in English and French and comprehensive. Beti is the Director/Directrice, Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema | Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinéma.

The Anonymous Production Assistant
"A view of Hollywood from the bottom". Useful and entertaining.

Barbara O'Leary
Has a list of 2076 women directors working 2003-2103 and is looking for more. Also, a project where she watches a film a day, women- and men-directed films alternately.

Bitch Flicks
"The radical notion that women like good movies. Feminist film reviews, television reviews, previews, poster analysis, and more!" Just had its fifth anniversary and goes from strength to strength.

The Bitch Pack
"Changing women's representation...starting with the written page". Initiated the feminist version of The Black List, for films which pass the Bechdel Test. Associates with the Los Angeles Women Playwrights Initiative. Wellywood Woman post here.

Broad Humour
Broad Humor is a film festival but it posts useful and relevant info year round. For instance, it has a weekly Queue This post, about good films to queue on Netflix, from filmmaker Destri Martino, who also has an exciting Pinterest Women Directors board.

Chicken & Egg Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures is "dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change, at home and around the globe. We match strategic financial support with creative mentorship offered at critical junctures of a filmmaker's life and work, with $3.2 million in grants and 4,500 hours in mentorship given since 2005."

The Spanish association of women working in the audiovisual sector, very active. Wellywood Woman posts here (Compostela Declaration), here (Spanish directors provide an exciting model, interview), and here.

In October 2013 France launched a five-point sex equality charter for the film industry, aimed at improving the number and position of women working in the French cinema sector. It was put together with Le Deuxième Regard, a Paris-based lobby group set up by a trio of young female film producers and sales agents to boost the position of women in the French film industry.

Culture and Communications Minister Aurélie Filippetti, Womens’ Rights Minister and government spokesman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Arte France chief Véronique Cayla and National Cinema Centre (CNC) president Frédérique Bredin signed the document at a ceremony at the Culture and Communications Ministry. I think this is the first time activists have achieved this kind of advance in partnership with government agencies. Respect.

CoUNTess: Women Count in the Art World
An Australian site. I'm a sucker for statistics, because they provide baseline information to think about. And gender issues in the art world are very similar to those in the film world. Wellywood Woman mention here.

Australian filmmaker and teacher Jeni Thornley blogs about documentary, changing forms and ethics. It's the ethics part that I love as an activist. 

European Women's Audiovisual Network
A non-profit NGO founded by CIMA, and open to professional women working in the audiovisual sectors (in particular, cinema, television, games and multimedia) throughout Europe's 47 member states. Growing fast.

The Feminist Guide to Hollywood
Melanie Taylor's blog: "If you're doing something feminist related in Los Angeles please let me know! I am always happy to post about Hollywood Feminist related endeavors."

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and the creator of this video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture and highlights issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.

Feministisk Filmfasta
The Swedish movement "Feminist film fast" is growing. The concept was invented by journalist Wanda Bendjelloul who was the first to try the experiment: to stop watching films made by men. Something that would prove easier said than done. Since she started her blog Feministisk filmfasta many have been inspired and started thinking about issues of equality within the film industry. The blog's in Swedish, and I read about it in English here. Includes long list of women directors around the world.

Gamechanger Films 'aims to shift the gender disparity in the film marketplace by tapping into the enormous yet undervalued talent pool of women directors and providing the financing necessary to bring their work to audiences worldwide.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
"The only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under."

Her Blueprint: The International Museum of Women
Art & ideas for women everywhere.

Her Film Project
Kyna Morgan started the Her Film blog, a sister blog to Wellywood Woman, to provide a forum for women filmmakers around the world to share their experiences as women in the film industry. In 2013, she relaunched Her Film as Her Film Project with the mission of serving as a globally representative advocate for women filmmakers and their work. The Her Film Project vision is the global equality of representation of women's stories and women, in film through building a global movement of supporters of women filmmakers. There's a Her Film Project LinkedIn group which I enjoy.

Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative
"The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative is an LA-based movement working to ensure that women playwrights are fairly represented on local stages, and beyond… We’re here to support plays by women in Los Angeles, and also the theaters, collaborators and producers who are putting them onstage. If you’re a female playwright, we want to promote you, help connect you with other theater artists, and be a springboard to facilitate new projects and ideas. Whether you’re a playwright, theatermaker or theatergoer – male or female – join forces with us!" Strong Twitter presence that I enjoy.

The Latin American association of women working in the audiovisual sector, associated with CIMA. Excellent pages, including online catalogue of films and projects directed by Ibero-American woman (from 1917 to current ongoing projects).

Please Adjust Your Set
Based in Vancouver– "[Partners] with the Advocacy Committee of Vancouver Women in Film and Television to gather statistics on women’s participation in the Canadian Film and Television sector and to present our findings to key stakeholders in the industry.

This web site offers individuals in the film and television industry as well as professional organizations, associations and agencies a central place to find research data, share information, strategies, successes and challenges around issues and topics that impact women in this industry." Includes stats re film fests to highlight "the incidence of women in key roles (Writer, Director, Director of Photography and Editor)."

Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles – The Women's Initiative
Commissioned research that resulted from the USC Annenberg School which resulted in two reports Exploring Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers; and provides a mentoring programme for independent women producers and directors based in the United States. This alliance may have been at least partly responsible for the equal numbers of films directed by women and by men in the US Competition at Sundance in 2013.

Octavia Films
A non-profit based in Toronto that is dedicated to helping young women achieve their cinematic visions. Wide-ranging programme including Breakthroughs, a film festival, and short film grants for Canadian residents or landed immigrants living in Toronto.

Tangerine Entertainment
"Producing movies and media by female directors and cultivating community for their work." Amy Hobby and Anne Hubell announced Tangerine during Sundance this year. This is their mission: "Tangerine Entertainment is a film production company focusing on commercially viable, critically acclaimed stories for all audiences, with an emphasis on female filmmakers and strong roles for women. Tangerine has a clear and specific agenda aimed at increasing the presence of smart, complex women both behind and in front of the camera. The imbalance created by the lack of gender parity offers an opportunity for Tangerine to take advantage of relevant stories and distinct voices found in this underserved community. Utilizing all social media tools and creating grassroots opportunities for personal interaction, Tangerine aims to develop a fan base, while simultaneously creating work for that audience." I'm especially thrilled by their 'Movie Night' initiative, 'like a book club, but with movies', starting soon. They have a beautiful list of co-conspirators including Women Make Movies, New York Women in Film & Television, Women & Hollywood and others.

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
"VIDA was founded in August 2009 to address the need for female writers of literature to engage in conversations regarding the critical reception of women’s creative writing in our current culture [especially the United States]. VIDA’s structure is 'grass-roots.' The individuals presently involved in creating VIDA are spread across the country, represent different identities, work from within a range of aesthetics, and share the common goal to create a forum at which all women writers may engage in much longed for conversations about literature being produced by women and its reception by the larger culture." Useful for its analyses of reviews etc., and as a reference point for behaviors in another medium, but not yet globally oriented.

Viscera Organization
The Viscera Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry. Their range of activities is vast. Wellywood Woman post here.

Women Animating/ Mulleres Animando/ Mujeres Animando
I think that this is the only specialist women animators site, in Galician and Spanish as well as English. Posts are infrequent and unique.

WomenArts works to empower an international community of women artists and allies by sharing news about inspiring arts projects and funding opportunities, and by facilitating the annual world-wide Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) celebrations in March and April. "Create. Connect. Change the World."

Women & Hollywood
Founded by Melissa Silverstein, author of In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Women Directors: Navigating the Hollywood Boys Club
Founded by director Maria Giese, a member of the Directors Guild of America and Heidi Honeycutt (also involved with the Viscera Organization). "A moderated web forum for international film and television directors to share their real experiences with discrimination and explore laws protecting employment equality, as well as strategies to strive for global parity."

Women Documentary Filmmakers
"The focus of Women Documentary Filmmakers (WDF) is to highlight female documentary filmmakers from around the world. We believe in giving women opportunities to further their projects and a central hub to grow their network. is a centralized website with the capability of profiling the work of female documentary filmmakers from around the world. Our hub members receive special benefits such as resources, networking directories, and the ability to submit films to be featured on our home page."

Women in View
"Women in View is non-profit organization dedicated to fostering greater racial and gender equity on screen and behind-the-scenes of Canadian media, entertainment, and digital industries. It aims to increase the diversity and creative participation of women in our cultural and entertainment industries. Our goals include fostering awareness of the positive outcomes to business, content, and culture that are associated with greater gender equity. Author of Women in View Onscreen report (2012) Building a more vibrant, innovative and equitable media landscape for the 21st century."

Women Make Movies
Distribution of films by and about women movies for 40 Years! Extraordinary. Wellywood Woman podcast with CEO Debra Zimmerman here.

September 2013