Following its 16th edition, CPH:DOX is proud to sign the 5050 by 2020 Gender Parity Pledge together with four other Nordic film festivals, cementing the festival’s commitment to gender equality in programming as well as within the organisation.

Festival Director Tine Fischer signed the Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals Monday (August 26) together with officials from four other Nordic festivals: Carl International Film Festival (Sweden), Oslo Pix (Norway), Tampere Film Festival (Finland) and Northern Wave Film Festival (Iceland). By signing the pledge, CPH:DOX commits to increase gender equality in the programming as well as within the organisations by 2020, following in the footsteps of other major film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Berlin.

“When it comes to structural and political change I believe in data and transparency and I believe in commitment and collective awareness BUT before anything I believe in action! So much can be changed, and it doesn’t need to take forever”, says Festival Director, Tine Fischer.

“One year ago CPH:DOX decided to join the 50/50 by 2020 objectives and work towards gender equality. Within a year, without imposing quotas but only by rethinking how we define quality in selection and curation – massive changes have happened. In 2019 45% of the films in our official competition programs were directed by one or more female directors and 52% of the projects selected for our financing forum were by women (35%) or mixed teams (17%). Our board has a 60% female representation and the organisation 57% women. My point is, don’t wait for film schools, funding institutions, production companies and audiences to change. Move it. Most festivals are due to their organisational structure in a position to create fast structural change with major impact. We should definitely take that responsibility very serious”.

The signing was initiated by WIFT Nordic (Women in Film and Television) and was conducted as a special inauguration of the Baltic sea film festival Carl International Film Festival’s film industry platform Carl Film Forum, taking place from Aug 26–27 in Karlskrona, Sweden.

The following representatives were present for the signing:

Tine Fischer, Festival Director, CPH:DOX
Henrik JP Åkesson, Festival Director, Carl International Film Festival
Ingebjørg Torgersen, President of WIFT Norway, representing Oslo Pix
Jenni Koski, Vice president of WIFT Finland, representing Tampere Film Festival
Dögg Mósesdóttir, Festival Director, Northern Wave Film Festival
Helene Granqvist, President I WIFT Sweden & WIFT International