Variety partners with European Film Promotion and the Sydney Film Festival to showcase 10 of Europe’s most promising distaff talents. The lineup clearly demonstrates the incredible diversity of subject matter and style being practiced by women storytellers today.
The Sydney Film Festival will host five of the directors whose films are presented in the program: Mirjana Karanovic, Sara Jordenö, Frederikke Aspöck, Agnieszka Smoczynska and Nicolette Krebitz. Aussie producer Jan Chapman [“The Daughter,” “Babadook,” “Bright Star”] will act as an ambassador to the guests, facilitating introductions to the local film community. “Having been involved in a number of films directed by gifted Australian women such as Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong, Shirley Barrett, Cate Shortland and Jennifer Kent, I am well aware of the different voices and subject matter women explore in comparison to their male counterparts,” Chapman says. “Yet we are increasingly aware that the huge gender imbalance in the numbers of female to male filmmakers in the world means that we are unable to fully experience this variety. We relish this opportunity to recognize the wealth of new cinema by women directors and to meet and share experiences and vision with Australian women filmmakers as well as the film community in Sydney as a whole.”
Steven Gaydos, vice president and executive editor, Variety, says, “Having partnered with European Film Promotion for nearly 20 years in our new European filmmakers curation program known as Variety Critics Choice at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, we were excited at the opportunity to help this dynamic organization in their efforts to highlight the bold and bracing achievements of Europe’s women filmmakers at a world-renowned festival such as Sydney.”