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Women in film and television international (WIFTI)

A new conference out of Sweden hopes to start a dialogue around creating lasting structural changes across film and TV, uniting leaders such as Sundance director Tabitha Jackson and “Belle” and “A United Kingdom” filmmaker Amma Asante.

Organized by Women in Film & Television International, in association with the Carl International Film Festival, Carla 2020 will convene creatives, researchers, executives, financiers and activists to discuss on and off-screen representation and topics including the mechanisms of power in the industry, racism, unconscious bias, intersectionality, sexual harassment and safety on set.

The virtual festival will run Aug. 21-23. Attendance is free globally, with registration opening in July.

Keynote speakers include Asante and Jackson, as well as broadcaster Mo Abudu of EbonyLife — who recently struck a major deal with Netflix — and Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. Other speakers include: directors Paul Feig and Julie Taymor, producer Gale Anne Hurd, actresses Yvette Nicole Brown and Shonali Bose and intimacy director Ita O’Brien.

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