Supporting Women Empowerment: A Conversation with Faith Elizabeth for the #YesSheCannes Campaign
Ellie Torrez of “The Fan Carpet” joins “Yes She Cannes” at Cannes Film Festival 2018 to support this new women’s empowerment project founded by Faith Elizabeth.
What is “Yes She Cannes”?
“Yes She Cannes” is a positive focused female empowerment company I started this year to help celebrate, inspire and empower women in film.
We have many different areas we are working on including our SHE SQUAD (bringing women together to showcase their work and create a community), our SHE SUPPORTERS (companies which are doing amazing things to support women in film which we want to share with others) our SHE SIDE (men who are publicly offering support and encouragement for women in the industry and our SHE SPONSORS (companies who are working with us to help finance and support our company, including this years sponsors “Ultimate Provence” “Halo2Cloud” “Wildcat” “Eccentric Couture” “Matt Gyde LOVE and BE KIND” and “ReccoArt”.
We also have several other areas we are launching this year, with plans to expand next year to offer opportunities to support women at the festival in practical ways and encourage women to attend the Cannes Film Festival with helpful guidance and support.
How did “Yes She Cannes” begin?
I have been attending the Cannes Film Festival for the last 3 years and as a result I’ve been exposed to many opportunities and met so many incredible women within the industry. I wanted to start something which helped bring women together in a positive focused environment to strengthen and empower women in our industry. I know how beneficial it’s been for me personally meeting these incredible women, I wanted to share these opportunities with others in order to help women come together, become inspired and grow stronger.
What did “Yes She Cannes” do at Cannes Film Festival 2018?
This year we launched our campaign, we informed people of our campaign and began to raise awareness by distributing badges with our logo and social media tags.
Myself, Faith Elizabeth, along with my new business partner Jennifer Niejadlik, attended many events sharing information about our campaign and raising awareness of “Yes She Cannes”.
“Yes She Cannes” held a launch event at the prestigious “American Pavilion” where men and women came together to discuss how “Yes She Cannes” can help in practical ways. This event was sponsored by our SHE SPONSORS, in addition to gift bags being distributed with “Yes She Cannes” merchandise and gifts from our sponsors included.
What’s next for “Yes She Cannes”?
Following our launch we’re searching for new sponsors, especially a new designer we can collaborate with. We’re exploring some possible options this week. We’re also seeking some investment to fund our campaign, as it’s a lot of work and so many opportunities are arising we need help with finance for. We’re also attending other film festivals and events to share our campaign and show women how we are able to help in practical ways. We are developing ideas we have for the growth and expansion of the company in addition to refining our structure.
We’re also re-opening the SHE SQUAD at the beginning of June. We are opening it to any filmmakers who have some connection or involvement with Cannes Film Festival (past or present). We are looking for inspiration women to add to the SHE SQUAD Instagram wall and to join our Facebook community of support. If your’e interested please contact us on: [email protected]
Thanks Faith for this information on your wonderful new campaign.
Thank You Fan Carpet for talking to me today and helping spread awareness of our campaign.