Take Two is an event dedicated to the next steps in the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender harassment in the film sector, organized with the support of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, in the presence of Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, and Anna Serner, President of the Swedish Film Institute.

In 2014, the Swedish Film Institute was the first public funding body for cinema to achieve parity in the granting of its grants. At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, alongside the French Minister of Culture and the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, the Swedish Film Institute organized a successful event by launching the concept “50/50 by 2020” (50/50 by 2020)., which had a strong impact in the world of cinema. In 2017, this event highlighted the positive effects of gender equality and diversity on the artistic creation process. This year, it will provide an opportunity to discuss the next steps to take to defend gender equality and combat gender-based harassment.

Promoting equality between women and men means defending creative freedom and innovation. It is to offer the cinema the chance to benefit from so many talents, in all the professions that make it live!

That’s what TAKE TWO: next moves for #MeToo is all about. With my Swedish counterpart Alice Bah Kuhnke, the CNC and all the professionals present, we share the same determination to act.

We have already waited too long. It is time to move on to equality in action »says Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture.

When the #MeToo movement spread around the world, I felt a mixture of sadness and anger as I read all these testimonies of violence and devaluation against women. We should have gone much further. But I also felt invested with the power and determination to take these problems with me. It is up to us now to assume all our responsibilities, to develop sustainable tools in favour of equality and to ensure that harassment and violence at work are no longer allowed to flourish in the film industry, as in other business lines”, said Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy.

With great violence, the #MeToo movement has revealed the gaping inequalities between the sexes that permeate all strata of society. Much remains to be done. I hope that the entire film community is now ready to take the first steps in the wake of our event»said Anna Serner, President of the Swedish Film Institute.

At the event, Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, will present their respective views on the way forward in this area. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, will present a number of tools to promote gender equality, including: inclusion rider, a concept she developed with her colleagues. Swedish actress Eva Röse, also a member of the #tystnadtagning initiative, will discuss the main factors that contributed to the impact of the #MeToo movement in Sweden.

Roundtable Participants

Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (University of Southern California)

Anna Serner, President of the Swedish Film Institute

Aida Begićaward-winning director and screenwriter

Bahar Pars, Swedish actress and member of the #tystnadtagning initiative

Moderator: Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of the Women & Hollywood blog

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Created in 1963 by the Swedish Government and several professional organizations in the film industry, the Swedish Film Institute’s mission is to support the production of new films and the distribution and screening in theatres of major films, to preserve and promote Swedish film heritage and to represent Swedish cinema abroad.


Practical information

Sunday 13 May, from 10h30 to 12h

Ambassadors' Lounge, Palais des Festivals de Cannes