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Making Her Directorial

Making Her Directorial Debut and Winner of the NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance! Congratulations to our Friend and Client Jordana Spiro and the entire Night Comes On cast and crew We can’t wait to see what’s NEXT www.pragermetis.com New York | Los Angeles | London UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM 25th ANNIVERSARY LOS ANGELES DINNER THURSDAY, MARCH 1 PLEASE JOIN US TO COMMEMORATE the Museum’s 25th anniversary and to honor VERA and PAUL GUERIN, their family, and the memory of LILLY and NATHAN SHAPELL Z”L as they receive the National Leadership Award. RECEPTION 6 p.m. DINNER 7 p.m. The Beverly Hilton Media Sponsor Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship and tribute opportunities are available. For more information, contact the Museum’s Western Regional Office at 310.556.3222 or western@ushmm.org. RSVP at ushmm.org/events/2018-la-dinner. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 ushmm.org/campaign

Backlot Innovators, Events, Honors Canada Spotlight How Canada Became a Springboard for Female Directors Multiple government initiatives are pushing for gender parity in the film business by 2020 By Etan Vlessing JOLY: AMANDA EDWARDS/GETTY IMAGES. C anadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proudly displayed his progressive bona fides three years ago when he announced that his 30-member Cabinet would be the country’s first to represent men and women equally, 50- 50. When asked by a journalist why, he made global headlines with his blunt reply: “Because it’s 2015.” Roughly a year later — and well before the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements — Telefilm Canada, the powerful, well-funded film financing arm of the Canadian government, followed Trudeau’s lead and unveiled its own ambitious drive to achieve gender parity in the film sector by 2020. The goal was clear: The agency would choose which films to finance based on whether projects were directed by, or revolved around, women (among other criteria). The initiative already is having an effect: A 2017 Telefilm study shows a 27 percent increase in agency-backed projects directed by women since 2015. And it’s not just Telefilm: The National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and the Canada Media Fund also have unveiled plans to achieve gender parity by 2020. But with its deep pockets — the agency invests around $100 million annually in homegrown filmmaking — Telefilm is leading the way. “There are systemic barriers to Joly funding,” says Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, a close ally of Trudeau. “We believe that we should, as a feminist government, have a clear commitment to overcome these barriers.” The practical initiatives from Telefilm include its Talent to Watch program, formerly Illustration by Dan Woodger the Micro-Budget Production Program. Telefilm renamed and revamped the 5-yearold micro-budget program in November with a mandate to back 50 first-time and, where possible, female-led features annually, with investments capped at $120,000 for each movie. That in turn led organizers to consider how they could help maintain a young filmmaker’s momentum in the industry after completion of that all-important first project. So, also in late 2017, Telefilm unveiled its Fast Track program, which assures $500,000 in second-feature financing for filmmakers producing internationally recognized first features. To promote female voices and visions, Telefilm, when considering funding for projects of equal value — determined by such factors as the script, talent attached and the THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 77 FEBRUARY 7, 2018