Back in January, WIF agreed to collaborate with the Sundance Institute to support independent women filmmakers working in both narrative and documentary feature film. It has also re-designed its Mentoring Program and will be introducing a series of new mentoring initiatives for the rest of this year and throughout 2013. First in the series is a Speed Mentoring program where participants had twenty rounds of five-minute encounters with experienced industry professionals who listened and gave advice on how to advance in the Media Arts.
Now WIF and Venevision International have announced a new partnership that provides an opportunity for WIF members to pitch ideas to a panel of Venevision creative experts, for evaluation as potential programming on the Venevision network or pay-TV channels. Venevision’s an entertainment company with fifty years of experience. Its mission is to satisfy the content needs of the growing Spanish language market, so the shows must have a Latin spin and be targeted towards women aged between 25 to 50. If a proposal is selected, the creators will be hired as part of the production crew and/or receive credit for their contribution. The application process will start in January 2013. Is this the first partnership like this? Let’s hope other corporates keep a close eye on this initiative and decide to try something similar.
Marian Evans has just completed the first draft of “Throat of These Hours”, her play about two women in a New Zealand radio station and the poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980). She’ll present a reading of the play at the Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Symposium at Eastern Michigan University in March 2013. Marian has a PhD in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious creative writing programme. She blogs as Wellywood Woman.