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Women's Panel at film festival puts spotlight on women behind the camera

SBIFF Womens Panel puts women behind...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Women's Panel put the spotlight on women behind the camera during the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Panelists included Elaine McMillion Sheldon, the Oscar-nominated director of the documentary short Heroin(e); Ru Kuwahata, the Oscar-nominated director of animated short Negative Space; April Napier, the costume designer for Best Picture nominee Lady Bird; Lucy Sibbick, the Oscar-nominated hair and makeup artist for Darkest Hour; Darla K. Anderson, the Oscar nominated producer of animated feature Coco; and  Tatiana S. Riegel, the Oscar-nominated film editor of I, Tonya.

The panelists did not discuss sexual harrassment that has rocked the industry, but they did talk about the effort to hire an equal number of women for film projects by the year 2020.

They call it "50/50 by 2020."

 "Everyone is masculine and feminine and everyone is woman and man and pretty soon we won't have to be categorized," said April Napier.

Elain McMillion Sheldon said she found opportunities for women while she was working on Heroin(e),

"Apple, Facebook is getting in the game of making films and there is more money to go around and I am seeing way more initiative to get women as directors," said McMillion Sheldon.

The panel was moderated by Madelyn Hammond.

Hammond said she talked to Executive Director Roger Durling after the Montecito mudslides and asked if the festival would go on. 

She had been moderating the panel for years and seemed glad to be back.

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