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Francine Raveney & the European Women's Audiovisual Network

In the last few years, legislative, public film funds and activist initiatives have begun to transform conditions for European women who write and direct feature films. Sweden’s the frontrunner . The Swedish Film Institute’s gender initiatives  are backed by the Swedish 2013 Film Agreement, which requires the institute to allocate its total funds equally to women and men in each of the three professional categories – director, screenwriter and producer, by the end of 2015. It  took a while  for the institute’s initiatives to develop and to take effect, but the latest nominations for the institute's annual Guldbagge film awards are rich with the names of women writers and directors. There are many other film initiatives by Swedish groups and individuals, who seem mutually supportive: the  Doris Film  network, founded in 1999,  Wanda Bendjelloul  who watches only films that women direct, the cross-sector groups that generated the  A-Rating system and the strong Swedish  Women