Gender representation in media is a critical contributor to social and cultural perceptions.
To support the voice and agency of women/girls, the British Council, in support of Film Development Board’s Storybank Initiative, has provided co-production grants to three emerging storytellers to use films - both fiction and non-fiction narratives - to create short films on gender themes that can be presented to international audiences.
Partners Taskovski Films, UK and Pame Film and Music Festival, Nepal are supporting the three grantees selected through an open call in early 2021 to develop their pitches and produce their films. Besides financial support, grantees are provided with expert mentoring and capacity building led by Taskovski Films.
Project and grantee details below:
Director and film trainer Giovanni is known for his work as a story editor and script consultant for several productions and academic institutions throughout Europe. Since 2015, he has been working as the head of Famu International, Prague.
Zara is an award-winning director, writer and producer with 19 years’ experience in documentary, film and content. She leads the team at Snowland Journeys working with schools, donor organisations, commercial partners, Himalayan communities of Nepal.
Pooja is an acclaimed director and former actor/writer/producer. She travelled the international festivals with her first film, Contagious Apparitions of Dambarey Dendrite in 2013. Currently, she is working on her feature The Whole Timers which received the CNC Production Aid.
Irena is the CEO & Founder of Taskovski Films network, a London-based world sales & production company with offices across Europe. She is an expert on marketing, sales, financing, festivals and is working as film consultant for many film institutions.
Taskovski Films www.taskovskifilms.com
Pame Film Festival https://pamefestival.com/
Film Development Board, Nepal https://www.film.gov.np