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CANNESERIES carries in its DNA and since its creation, a strong interest for diversity issues in front of and behind the camera.

Diversity is a resource and that the world of series is a unique field that allows for exploration, representation and embodiment of the plurality of our societies. These issues both complex and systemic qare a part of the festival's everyday reflections. It is a mission for the festival to take an interest in it and introduce these issues to the audience, through our program as well as encounters ans talks we organize.

The Festival's commitment takes different forms of actions and reflections:

  • Creating a connection with audiences who wouldn't come to us if we didn't go to them, through partnerships we've created with non-profit organizations such as Passeurs d'images, 1000 visages and Fondation Cannes.
  • On the issue of women's representation and inclusion in series, in front of and behind the camera, thanks to the partnership with the Lab Femems de Cinéma.

 

OUR NEW INCLUSIVE PARTNERS

CANNESERIES is happy and proud to have welcomed three new partners this year: the non-profit organizations Passeurs d'images, 1000 visages and Fondation Cannes.

With Passeurs d'images, the Festival welcomed groups of high school students form the region and one groupe from outside the region, immersing them into its daily life. This partnership will also continue on during the rest of the year with the organization of a short form series screening in three prisons of the Région Sud, for people placed under judicial control and staff, followed by a discussion.

With 1000 visages, a non-profit that aims at making cinema careers more accessible, a delegation of young talents has been invited to discover the Festival and participate in its key moments, such as the CANNESERIES Writers Club and the MIP x CANNESERIES Connection.

The Festival and Fondation Cannes partnered up to create a program dedicated to groups of young people form Cannes culturally alienated, with the support of the local associative network.

 

Gender Statistics in our selection (SEASON 5)

As we committed to it by signing, during our season 2, the Festivals Charter of the 5050 Collective, we respect the principle of transparency with our selection. Out of the 180 series we have received, 136 were long form series and 44 were short forms.

In the Long Form category

Out of the 136 series we have received, 33% were created or co-created by women, 41% were written or co-written by a woman, and 26% were directed od co-directed by a woman.

Out of the 10 series selected in competition, 30% were created or co-created by women, 50% were written or co-written by a woman, and 20% were directed od co-directed by a woman.

In the Short Form category

Out of the 44 short form series we have received, 45% were created or co-created by women, 43% were written or co-written by a woman, and 36% were directed od co-directed by a woman.

Out of the 10 series selected in Short Form Competition, 70% were created or co-created by women, 70% were written or co-written by a woman, and 40% were directed od co-directed by a woman.

We can observe that:

  • There are more series created or co-created by a woman in short form series than in the long form category
  • The medium percentage of series created or co-created by women is generally around 30% (therefore a little less than 1 series out of 3)
  • Women are more represented in writing careers.

 

CANNESERIES pioneer in the non-gendered interpretation prizes

Since its first season, CANNESERIES has decided to give two non-gendered interpretation awards: the Best Performance Prize, rewarding an individual performance, and the Special Interpretation Prize, rewarding an ensemble performance.

Behind that choice, a conviction: a performance has nothing to do with the gender of the artist and therefore it makes no sense considering it this way. We are proud to have been pioneers by giving these two prizes since 2018. They allow us to raise our jury and the media’s awareness on these issues. We will soon be able to start drawing analysis and indicators to follow. The non gendered Dior Revelation Prize is added to these two prizes since last year, for the Short Form Competition.

 

Le Lab Femmes de de cinéma, partner of CANNESERIES

CANNESERIES is happy to welcomefor the third year the Lab Femmes de Cinéma, also interested in series! The Lab is a think tank working on the issues of women representation and diversity in cinema, and more generally, in the audiovisual landscape.

Featuring female role models

For the Lab Femmes de Cinéma, it is very important to highlight inspiring women from the television industry, as models of the multiple possibilities and jobs in which women also excel in!

The Lab organized a masterclass with author and screenwriter Anne Berest (Mytho, Paris etc., L'Évènement) about the representation of women in series, in front of and behind the camera, for the general audience as part of the Cannes Rendez-vous at the Espace Miramar.

The Lab also recorded 2 episodes od its podcast, and videos for social media, with women in series, true female role models.

Contributing to the awareness and rallying for equality and diversity

A Lab workshop of "collective intelligence" in partnership with the Collectif 50/50, took place as part of the CANNESERIES Writers Club, for the third time, to think on these issues with the 50 writers participating.

Finally, on informal meeting with the press at the Gare Maritime, on the themes of parity and diversity in the series, with the Lab Femmes de Cinéma and the Collectif 50/50.

 
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