The BFI London Film Festival is to team with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDI) and Women in Film and Television (WFTV), with the Festival hosting the Institute’s first Global Symposium on Gender in Media outside the US on October 8th 2015. This ties nicely in with the festival's premiere this year being Sarah Gavron’s historical drama Suffragette.
Geena Davis will be the opening keynote speaker at the Global Symposium at BFI Southbank. The Institute that she founded is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment.
“Media images have a huge impact on our perceptions, and on our social and cultural beliefs and behaviors. Our new global study, explores how global films may be reinforcing negative gender stereotypes with movie audiences of all ages.” - Geena Davis