Enhancing gender equality in the Brazilian audiovisual sector
The Carmen Santos notice call had the goal of encouraging and giving visibility to the cinematographic output made by women and to recognize the work of directors and technicians in the Brazilian audiovisual universe as a way of promoting equal opportunities among men and women.
The Carmen Santos Call – Cinema by Women 2013 was an institutional action with national scope. Launched in 2013, this call introduced the gender theme in the agenda of the Ministry of Culture, as it is geared toward the production of short and medium-length films focused on women. The competing movies could be either fiction, documentary or animation features, but the themes had to deal with the contruction of equality between women and men, the rights of women and civic rights, taking into account the diversity of women in the rural and urban settings, so as to include indigenous women, black women and women from other traditional peoples and communities. Out of 417 submitted works from all over the country, tem short films were contemplated with 13,306.92 USD each, and six medium-length films with 26,613.84 USD each.
To meet the demand of the civil society for empowerment of transversal public policies geared toward women based on the National Plan of Women’s Policies of 2013-2015. The Agencies in charge of the Carmen Santos Call were the Secretariat of Audiovisual of the Ministry of Culture and the Secretariat of Women’s Policies of the Presidency of the Republic.
The total amount of resources allocated for the implementation of the policy was of 295,709.30 USD.