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13th April 2021 - Celebrating producers Guneet Monga, Sandrine Brauer, Sreyashi Sen

women in cinemaAs part of the Generation Equality Forum, France is carrying forward the Charter of Commitments for Cultural and Creative Industries (Charte pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes dans les secteurs culturels). This charter aims at fighting sexist representations, sexual and gender-based violence and harassment in the film, radio, TV, music, video games, advertising, as well as children and young people’s literature and toys.

In this framework and on the occasion of his official visit in India on 13th April 2021, Minister Le Drian celebrated proactive initiatives to promote women in movies and the audiovisual industry such as Indian Woman Rising and Collectif 50/50.

On this occasion, Minister Le Drian said: “India and France share the same passion for cinema. I was proud to congratulate Indian and French women producers for their Indo-French collaborations and for their work towards gender equality in this field. The Embassy of France in India will also play its part, through this agreement with the Collectif 50/50. Gender equality is a foremost priority of France’s foreign policy”.

In the evening, Minister Le Drian addressed Indo-French cooperation in cinema and the promotion of gender equality in this industry. He met with Ms Guneet Monga, Producer & CEO, Sikhya Entertainment, Indian producer of the Indo-French joint productions “The Lunchbox” “Masaan” and “Taj Mahal”, and founder of “Indian Women Rising – A Cinema Collective”. The Minister conferred upon her the French award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution in the field of cinema.

"This award surely has me and my family name on it, but it is dedicated to every little girl who has a dream. I want to tell little girls everywhere: dream freely and create fearlessly, the universe is always conspiring in favour of the brave".
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Guneet Monga
“It's not just about breaking glass ceilings but cleaning the sticky floors. Women need to make more films telling stories of women. Work together WITH men to do so. It's not only about breaking bastions and boys’ clubs but co-creating as producers, directors and writers. Not women producers, women directors, women writers. Gender agnostic language will create gender agnostic behavior and do away with gender envy. As a woman producer of colour I believe in this ever more.”
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Sreyashi Sen
charte du collectif 50/50

During the course of the evening, Minister Le Drian presided over the signature of an agreement between the Embassy of France and French Collectif 50/50, represented by its co-president, French producer Sandrine Brauer, which commits the Embassy to promoting equality and diversity in its audiovisual cooperation with India, in particular by providing equal opportunities to male and female professionals.

“We are thrilled that the agreements signed between the COLLECTIF 5050 and the French Embassy in India will build a policy towards equal rights between men and women. Hopefully, it will be a concrete stepping stone towards signing this agreement in more foreign countries in the coming months.”
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Sandrine Brauer

14th April 2021 - Women in Cinema: Stronger Together

Discussion on Women in Cinema: Stronger Together
With the participation of producers Guneet Monga, Sandrine Brauer and Sreyashi Sen. Moderation by Christine Cornet.

For confirmations, appointments, queries please reach out to:

    • Shaifali Jetli-Sury at sjs@ifindia.in / +91-9811261088
    • Reghu Devraj at rde@ifindia.in / +91 98104 25993

A special portrait and group shot by LA Times Photographer, Stephanie Cornfield will be made accessible free of rights on 14th April 2021 in addition to photographs related to the investiture of Ms Guneet Monga and the signing of the 50/50 Charter.

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Sandrine Brauer

Paris based independent film producer, among other films in development, Sandrine produces Scammer, written by Stephane Foenkinos, Tania de Montaigne and Shirel Amitai who directs the film and shoot it in India next November.

Sandrine’s latest productions include: Manto, by Indian director Nandita DAS; the film premiered in 2018 Festival de Cannes, Un Certain Regard official selection. Fig Tree, directed by Alamork Davidian Israeli-Ethiopian director, that premiered in 2018 Toronto Film Festival; In between, directed by the Palestinan director Maysaloun Hamoud, awarded in San Sebastian Film Festival; Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, the 2015 Golden Globe nominee and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. And the opening film at Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2014. Tous au Larzac aka Leadersheep documentary film by Christian Rouaud that won the 2012 best documentary Cesar award, and part of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival official selection.

In 2018, she was part of the 40 founders of the Collectif 50/50 that currently brings together more than 1,500 professionals from the French creative, film and television industries. The Collectif 50/50 is an action tank: it draws up surveys, develops actions and tools, and promotes incentives to public authorities and the various actors of the sector in order to accelerate change towards parity and inclusion.

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Guneet Monga

Guneet Monga is an Indian film producer, a BAFTA nominee and amongst the first producers from India to be inducted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment that has been at the helm of pushing content-driven cinema with films like The Lunchbox, Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, Pagglait, What Will People Say, Soorarai Pottru, Haraamkhor, Monsoon Shootout, Zubaan, Peddlers and Oscar Winning Short Documentary - Period. End Of Sentence to name a few. Guneet Monga is one of the most renowned filmmakers not just in India but also across the globe, symbolising the victory of content with her projects.

She recently founded a cinema collective called Indian Women Rising aimed at discovering, amplifying & distributing the work of Indian women filmmakers across the globe.

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Sreyashi Sen

Founder and Managing Director, DARPAN GLOBAL

She moved to Singapore 19 years back and assumed the country manager role for development projects with Singapore International Foundation. After a short stint with UN Women, she started her own organisation and was a consultant for film festivals as well as on the Publications Consultative Panel for the Media Development Authority for 7 years. This urged her to start the first ever Indian film festival in Singapore. DARPAN (which began its journey in 2011) is Singapore home-grown brand which produces, distributes and curates content across platforms. She is also the only woman movie distributor in South and South East Asia, having distributed and screened close to 85 movies across genres and languages, which include arthouse as well as blockbusters. DARPAN is presently developing feature projects and web series with India, Malaysia, Cambodia and Philippines and France.

Sreyashi also initiated an MOU at Cannes Film Festival (2018) for SE Asia with Philippines to form a consortium to promote equal opportunities for gender in the industry especially South East Asia. She is the Ambassador for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia for the Asian Academy Creative Awards supported by The Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA) Singapore.