Aligned with national and international public agendas for gender equality in cinema, the Festival brings in its first edition National and International competitive screenings exclusively directed by women, special non competitive screenings, training programmes and debates which empower female protagonism on screen and behind the cameras.
The acronym FIM stands for the original name of the festival in Portuguese - Festival Internacional de Mulheres no Cinema - and means “end” in English. The Festival thrives for the end of the underrepresentation of women in films, stimulating the beginning of a new cycle with greater space for women of all ethnicities and from all over the world.
Created by Minom Pinho and co-created by Zita Carvalhosa, the Festival brings Zezé Motta as the honoree of this first edition, with her charisma and pioneering talent in black woman protagonism in front of the cameras. The actress and singer has been challenging prejudices throughout more than 50 years of career, with characters in cinema, TV and theatre that are part of the collective imagery in Brazil. For her performance in Xica da Silva (1976) by Carlos Diegues, a film that integrates the festival`s selection, not only she has won the Candango award for Best Actress but also assumed the position of star of the national cinema.
The choice of Zezé Motta as a symbol of this first edition is emblematic, as it points to other fundamental concerns of the Festival. The first one is the desire to contemplate the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of our country and of the world, rather than just creating a geographical coverage. Thus, National and International competitive screenings bring women filmmaker from various parts of Brazil and abroad, but emphasize their significant and impactful themes and their original approaches. The curatorial commission responsible for the selection of the exhibitions of the festival is coordinated by Beth Sá Freire and has Andrea Cals and Juliana Vicente as members. But it is the public who decides the winning film for the R$15,000 prize of each screening, voting at the end of each session. As a complement, the session Fight Like a Woman presents a set of possibilities of political, social and affective resistance, and The Fire That Doesn’t Go Out, by filmmakers who maintain a relationship of eternal love with cinema. FIM sessions will take place at Cinesesc and Espaço Itaú de Cinema Augusta.
Experimentalism or linear narrative; documentary, fiction or breaking the border between the two: women can do everything as directors, from the subject that they approach to the narrative form that they explore. Diversity also arises in the different generations of the chosen directors, blending talented young women with established trajectories. This is what FIM is all about: illuminating female talents and their multiple expressions and themes.
The festival also promotes a set of training activities and exchange of experiences in partnership with the Research and Training Centre of Sesc São Paulo. There are courses, masterclasses and activities in which relevant women in the area of creation, production, distribution, criticism, politics and thoughts on audiovisual share their knowledge and expertise with filmmakers, researchers and interested public.
Therefore, the Paulista Avenue region turns into a place of enjoyment, learning and debates on female presence in national and international cinema for a week.
FIM - WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an initiative from Casa Redonda, held in partnership with Kinoforum Cultural Association, with the support of Sesc São Paulo and the Women of Audiovisual Group Brazil, made up of more than 18 thousand participants. The Festival is sponsored by Avon through FAMA - Avon Fund for Women in Audiovisual, focused on gender equality in the Brazilian audiovisual sector.