In one of the opening addresses of the conference, distribution strategist and Oscar-winning producer Mia Bays, will set out the ‘state of the nation’ as she sees it.
As a dedicated vocal champion and activist for gender and class parity in the sector, Mia uses her influence, platforms and skills to support the development of female filmmakers and writers. Be that promoting films by women to audiences; getting more female filmmakers and female executives in meaningful positions through training and advocacy; and data and research on equality in film.
Mia’s address will touch on where we are now in terms of our sector’s equality, diversity and inclusivity, referencing leading lights in the industry as well as frankly dissecting some of the issues at the coal-face of filmmaking such as the class and gender disparity, finishing with a rallying call for us all to do more to make positive leaps forward.
MIA BAYS is an Oscar-winning film producer and distribution strategist with 28 years’ experience in film production, sales, marketing and distribution.
Productions to date:
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘em What You’re Made Of, released on over 1,400 screens worldwide Spring 2015, number 1 on iTunes in North America
The Oscar-winner 2005 Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh,
The BAFTA-nominated documentary featuring Scott Walker - 30 Century Man (exec produced by/featuring David Bowie)
Creative producer on 8 features on the BBC/Film London Microwave scheme (SHIFTY, ILL MANORS, LILTING) 2007-14 challenging to make films on micro-budgets in the UK.