Turin Joins Venice, Rome Film Festivals in Signing Gender Parity Charter

Women in Rome sign Festival Gender Parity Pledge - Getty/Rome Film Festival
Getty/Rome Film Festival

The Northern Italian fest joins Venice and Rome in signing the 5050x2020 charter.

Italy has signed on one more major fest to the 5050x2020 charter for gender parity and inclusion, as the Turin Film Festival (also called the Torino Film Festival) is the latest to sign the charter after Venice and Rome signed on earlier this year. The signing was initiated, once again, by Women in Film, Television & Media Italia and the Dissenso Comune movement.

“At this year’s ongoing Torino Film Festival, 27 movies are directed by women. Four of them are in the international feature film competition, out of a total of 15 films, representing almost 40 percent,” said Emanuela Martini, the fest's director. “This is an excellent average, compared to the overall number of women directors. To me, these numbers are more significant than any declaration of intent.”

The pledge, which was started by the 5050x2020 movement in France, calls for festivals to be transparent in their submissions data, share data to look at larger trends and to work to reach 50/50 gender parity in the fests' executive boards. Cannes was the first festival to sign on, with the Locarno, Toronto, Sarajevo and San Sebastian fests all following in taking on the pledge.

“We would like to thank the Turin Film Festival, represented by Emanuela Martini, and the National Cinema Museum, represented by Sergio Toffetti, because they immediately demonstrated their willingness and interest,” Kissy Dugan and Margherita Chiti, WIFTM Italia president and vp, respectively, said in a statement.

“Turin hosts a festival which plays a positive role in Italy in emerging cinema,” Dugan and Chiti continued, “in the city (it truly is the festival of the city and the people who live here), and, last but not least, because its director is a woman! The National Cinema Museum of Turin is, in turn, an excellence on a European level and it is doubtless important that these two realities have joined today’s long list of worldwide festivals which stand up for people’s rights and the transparency of data.”