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IDFA signs 5050×2020 gender parity, inclusion pledge

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has signed a pledge to ensure gender parity and inclusion ahead of the opening of its 31st edition this November. Launched at the 2018 Cannes ...
September 14, 2018

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has signed a pledge to ensure gender parity and inclusion ahead of the opening of its 31st edition this November.

Launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the 5050×2020 Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals requests that film festivals around the globe promise to bring greater transparency and parity to the industry by “undertaking a strict series of measures on transparency and accountability.”

In signing the pledge, IDFA commits to all of the 5050×2020 objectives, including disclosing the list of selection committee members and programmers, in an effort to remove a lack of diversity while allowing festivals full editorial and strategic choices; and reaching parity in executive leadership of festivals at the earliest opportunity.

Other festivals who have signed the gender parity pledge include the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as festivals in Locarno, Annecy and Sarajevo.

“Together, we can work to end injustice in the film industry, promote practices of inclusion, and enable a new generation of under-represented filmmakers,” said IDFA, in a statement.

IDFA added that meeting quotas in film “is not enough” and that it “seeks to create long-term change” by examining and transforming the industry, not just for gender representation but towards further inclusivity to ensure that filmmakers from marginalized and under-represented communities, the “global south” and all corners for the world are included.

The 31st edition of IDFA runs Nov. 14 to 25 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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