IMG_1648The aim of Sguardi Altrove International Film Festival is to encourage a reflection on issues relevant to women, articulated in their specific cultural, political and social context. Sguardi Altrove has always been exploring work from different countries and cultures, promoting in particular the circulation of films that are less likely to have access to commercial venues.

The Celluloid Ceiling Report analyses women’s presence in key roles in the US film industry – the latest report, published in 2014, found that women accounted for 17% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. Women directors were only 7% of the total number.

What about Italy? Over the period from 2006 to 2013, women graduated from film schools in numbers almost equal to men (41% against 59% male graduates). However, in the same period, women represented roughly one quarter of Italian directors, authors and scriptwriters. 10% of the films produced in the country, and 9% of all released films, were directed by women. Women’s films accounted for only 3% of box office admissions (“Womens Place in Today’s Italian Film Industry”).

We believe that a women’s film festival has a crucial role to play in addressing issues of gender inequality, by highlighting the great work that women do as film directors, editors, DOPs, scriptwriters, producers.

The festival is made up of two macro-sections: one devoted to Film, presenting work by young directors and renowned authors, and one to Visual Arts, a space for many different artistic languages, such as photography, video installations, performances.