50-50 By 2020

In Israel, like in other countries, most of the films are produced, written, directed and shot by men. The number of women who finish their studies at film schools in Israel and direct a thesis film, is much larger than the number of women who end up directing full-length films.

As the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, we see fit to ensure equal opportunities for women in their early stages in the Film Industry. We are joining film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Sarajevo, IDFA, Toronto, Annecy and San Sebastian with the commitment:

  1. To gather data about film’s crew members gender.
  2. Present the list of the festival’s programmers.
  3. Make sure that there is at least an equal number of women on the senior staff of the festival.
  4. Aspire to present 50% films made by men and 50% films made by women (directed, written, or most of the film’s senior crew consist of women) in the 2020 festival edition.

We commit ourselves to work towards gender equality in the Film Industry and to allow a new generation of filmmakers to grow.

“The stairs of our industry MUST be accessible to all. Let’s climb.”

(Cate Blanchett and Agnès Varda at Cannes film festival, May 2018)

Yours sincerely,

Mya Kaplan & Talia Wigoder

Festival Directors