Andrei Octav Moise Praises the Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Andrei Octav Moise, an expert in the field of money transfer business and entrepreneurship for many years, claims that everyone has the potential to shine and display their capabilities, whether they be a man or a woman. As a purveyor of ideas, Moise is able to find quality in pieces of work, that including cinema. Recently, he has even shown praise for a certain film festival that celebrates women’s contributions to the world of cinema.
The Cinema Sisters International Film Festival - or the CSIFF for short - was launched in 2017 as a celebration of female screenwriters, directors, and the films they make. Sister filmmakers are asked to share their completed works - short films of no longer than thirty-nine minutes comprising many genres (narratives, documentaries, animation, and so on). All of these works are written and directed by women or by nonbinary folk who identify closely to womanhood.
Society tends to downplay the capabilities and skills women bring to society; everywhere from the workforce, to politics, and even in cinema, women are generally looked upon less favorably than their male peers. As a matter of fact, women make up around half of all the characters on screen, and yet only around 20% of writers of said characters are female. This can cause a disparity in the presentation of said women, skewed with a man’s perception of the female body. And with the rampant rise of misogyny in the cinema world, the stories these female writers make are tainted and oftentimes disregarded in exchange of a more male-centric fulfilling fantasy.
Additionally, women are not often given platforms or opportunities to elevate their work. Many women, both young and old, are victims of harrasment and assault behind the scenes, and many have been silenced by higher ups under the threat of being fired or even lynched. As such, women become “docile” and continue working in spite of the workplace becoming unsafe spaces for them.
What the CSIFF aims to do is to give these women a platform that will allow their stories to be shown to the masses. That way they can truly show off their creative minds to a mass audience. And they may even be an inspiration for other women to speak up about their own lives, claims Moise. Moise is an open-minded individual; a man who truly believes in the capabilities of humanity, regardless of age, race, or in this case, gender. He says that women are no different than men in the acting world, and that they should not be shunned of their true potential and capabilities.
The festival will run for three days, during which participants may access educational workshops that will help budding female filmmakers grow and prosper in their careers. Participants may also submit their own short films, upon which a jury will judge and name the best films in six categories. Some female filmmakers may even receive grants in order for their work to improve further. The festival is in-person, but a virtual component is also available.