When music supervisor/podcaster Alysha Main met actor/writer/TV host Laura Ellis at a Hamilton Film Festival screening, that was the question hanging in the room where just one woman stood in a line of 20 filmmakers. Laura and Alysha were soon joined by award winning filmmaker Cher Obediah and actor/producer Laura Wilson where together they launched the Hamilton LOFT (Ladies of Film & Television).
Hamilton is a top filming location in Canada with over 140 productions filmed locally in 2019. Despite some progress, research from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission shows that women still face barriers to career advancement citing that a lack of gender parity in key creative positions needs to be addressed.
The Hamilton LOFT (Ladies of Film & TV) seeks to help break these barriers and bring together people who identify as womxn* working in all areas of filmmaking.
Our main objectives are to:
Create content that is predominantly female-driven, focusing on issues that affect womxn and minorities
Grow a diverse team of underrepresented artists/groups including BIPOC and LGBTQ2SIA+
Build skills and confidence of womxn through working in cross-disciplinary, supportive teams
Demonstrate that a local, all-female identified production team is achievable
Address challenges that women and minorities in the industry face
Showcase the achievements of women in Hamilton’s film industry
Team up with local film organizations/community partners to mutually support our vision by collaborating on events/projects and providing accessible opportunities for womxn to share space, knowledge, and tools.
Identify mentors in the film community who consult on projects and teach affordable workshops
*The Hamilton L.O.F.T. uses an all-emcompassing definition of “womxn /woman /female /lady” which includes but is not limited to cis, trans-identifying, non-binary, and other.