Baltic Women in Film Mentorship (BWiFM) is the first mentorship program exclusively for women in all areas of film and TV industries in the Baltic states. Through mentorship activities, the BWiFM seeks to increase the exchange of best practice, knowledge, contacts and interest in the Baltic film culture and pay attention to gender equality. The core of the mentorship program is building an effective contact-exchange and matchmaking marketplace where women, working in the Baltic audiovisual industry, would have an opportunity to be mentored by the industry experts and encouraged to develop their professional skills, competences and create new audiovisual projects or services.
BWiFM is a one-to-one relationship, focused on the needs of the mentee to develop specific competencies, skills, and a problem-solving attitude, as well as on the availability and capability of the mentor to provide advice on those issues. It is a program where the experience and knowledge of the mentor match the specific needs of the mentee.
The BWiFM is organised by Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts and Women in Film & Television Lithuania association.
Duration of the program – 7 months (from October 2023 to April 2024).
The working language of the program is English.
The “Baltic Women in Film Mentorship” program is organized by Lithuanian short film agency “Lithuanian Shorts” together with “Women in Film & Television Lithuania” association, in partnership with Vilnius International Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network, AVAKA and Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Lithuania. Sponsored by Nordic Culture Point.
Application is open until 21 August, 2023. APPLY HERE.
There is no submission or participation fee.
Rules and regulations: here.
“Baltic Women in Film Mentorship” welcomes women from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Ukrainian women, who currently reside in the Baltic countries. Participants up to age of 30 who already work in film or TV industries and would like to change or continue their careers by deepening their professional knowledge and networking are welcome to apply. There are no application fees; however, the participants must attend the full program – both online and on-site events.
- Applicant’s motivation will be the key selection criterion;
- Clarity of their specific goal set for the mentorship program;
- Participant’s experience, motivation and professional growth potential.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Over the course of 7 months, from October 2023 to April 2024, the participants will be involved in coaching sessions with their mentors, self-education webinars on mental health, mentorship, leadership, negotiations and self-promotion and similar themes, as well as industry events, during Estonian (PÖFF), Latvian (Riga IFF) and Lithuanian (Vilnius IFF) film festivals.