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Cultural Sector in Estonia gets 42m Euros aid

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The film sector will receive 5.3 million Euros, of which 3.3 million Euros is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors | Photo: Matheus Bertelli

The Estonian government has announced a supplementary budget, with 42 million Euros set to be allocated towards culture.

Earlier in March, the cultural sector submitted a proposal to the government on a crisis exit strategy, which was signed by 335 organisations from the cultural and creative industry. Representatives from music, arts, performing arts, museums, folk culture, literature, film and cinema emphasised in their joint proposal that culture has a significant impact on both the economy as well as the population’s mental health. The proposal included both short-term and long-term initiatives and an outline of the needed crisis package, which would help culture survive in the current situation and recover afterwards.

Half of the 42 million Euros supplementary aid package will go to cultural events organisers, including funds allocated to support cultural events organisers, the music sector, several museums and performing arts establishments.

The film sector will receive 5.3 million Euros, of which 3.3 million Euros is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors. The remaining 2 million Euros goes to film productions.

A separate fund of 6 million Euros, aimed at providing security for international cultural and sports events, is also part of the supplementary aid budget for the cultural sector.

Meanwhile, Estonia and several other countries across Europe remain in lockdown with cinemas as well as other cultural institutions closed at least until mid-April 2021.

Photo: Matheus Bertelli

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Tesco Customers help the supermarket chain to provide over 3m meals to children

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Buy One to Help a Child initiative scheme resulted in over 3m meals to children

Over the last three weeks, Tesco, the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues, has given a donation for every piece of fruit and vegetable purchased across all its stores. These donations have provided food that its partner, FareShare, will redistribute to hundreds of children’s charities across Britain.

Tesco, which is a member of the Child Poverty Task Force, formed by English professional footballer Marcus Rashford, has been working with FareShare since 2016 and, to date, has redistributed more than 120 million meals of food to charities and community groups across the UK. FareShare supports frontline charities and community groups working with children – from summer holiday clubs and breakfast clubs to community kitchens, and groups which supply food parcels to those facing food insecurity.

‘Buy One to Help a Child’ is the latest in a number of Tesco community-focussed programmes which are helping to build stronger communities across the UK.

“We wanted to find a really simple way to do our bit and help our customers do the same, and we are delighted at the success of the Buy One to Help a Child scheme. By encouraging healthier choices for our customers while helping to feed children through our partnership with FareShare we can play our part in supporting stronger communities.” – says Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO.

The warm summer weather saw bumper purchases of strawberries, cucumbers, and bananas, allowing the supermarket chain to exceed its target of providing three million meals of food to help charities and community groups supplied by FareShare.

“During the summer months, many families can struggle without the safety net of free school meals. At FareShare, we work with a network of around 10,500 charities and community groups supporting children and families across the UK. With so many more people facing tough circumstances as a result of the pandemic, this food is needed more than ever.” – celebrates FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell CBE

Tesco will use its supply chain to provide the donation of meals to FareShare at cost price, and will arrange delivery to the charity’s regional centres.

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Women in cinema drives discussions in Cannes during film festival

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CEO Evgenia Markova joins actress Svetlana Ustinova and producer Natalia Drozd to discuss women in the film industry

Dating back to 1946, there hasn’t been a female director winner since 1993 when New Zealand writer-director Jane Campion won for her period drama ‘The Piano.’ This year, the Cannes Film Festival awarded  its second female director, Julia Ducournau, bringing  women to the forefront of the discussion at the world’s biggest film festival.

The Russian Pavilion, in partnership with the European Women Audiovisual Network (EWA), an organization supporting women in the industry to establish professional contacts and share their experience, held the round table ‘Women’s Cinema in Russia.’ This discussion attracted a number of prominent filmmakers.

‘Now there are many more female students at cinema universities. I, personally, have never had the difficulty of misunderstanding my career choice, but I know that linear production is a rare profession among women. I must admit that I used to hear questions that cast doubt on my ability to work, but as soon as we sat down at the negotiating table, they disappeared. By chance, I do work mostly with women but I don’t do it on purpose.’ – says Victoria Lupik, a producer who has been working in the film industry since 2002 and whose credits include blockbusters such as the film “Apocalypse Code”.

For Evgenia Markova, CEO of Roskino, a state body representing Russian industry of audiovisual content on the international markets, discussing how women find their place within a male-dominated industry is the key to finding answers.

“Historically, women have played a very important role in filmmaking. However, nowadays I am getting more and more questions about female presence in the sphere of Russian content. The time has come to give an opportunity to women in cinematography to talk about their own achievements and experiences. That is why we will continue talking about the role of women in the film industry out loud, bringing together professionals who are ready to share their vision.” – champions Markova.

“Talent is not defined by gender. Everyone has their own path. In art cinema, there are no rules or recipes. It is common to say that female directors earn less but at the same time, in Russia, they can afford not to work and live at the expense of men because of a patriarchal society. However, it seems to me that women now have more opportunities to create, seek, doubt, observe. But gender definitely does not affect film language.” – defends film director Ella Manzheeva.

Global Luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of fashion houses from Gucci to Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta, brought an army of women to the 7th edition of its Women In Motion. This army included actresses Jodie Turner-Smith and Regina King, and multidisciplinary artist Lou Doillon. They shared their experiences and views of women’s representation in the film industry.

“There have always been women filmmakers and there always will be. In fact, all the way back to the beginning of cinema, there have always been women screenwriters, there have always been women directors, across the globe. And they are very empowered. When people are encouraging themselves to feel anxious about a lack of women in filmmaking, they are maybe only looking at the names on a roster of directors at a film festival. They are maybe forgetting that all these films… are suffused with the sensibility of women filmmakers. We just need to have confidence and keep amplifying our voice, but with the authority of knowing that women do make films.” – highlighted Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, who also joined Kering’s Women in Motion discussions.

The seventh edition of Women in Motion Talks ended with a conversation with American actress, director and producer Regina King. She looked back at her career and how she came to be involved in directing: “I think that I was probably preparing myself all the while, as an actor, because I would really be paying attention to things that do not pertain to the actor. I would be asking myself questions that had nothing to do with the character. There was a moment when I decided to start saying out loud that I wanted to be a director. I think I was scared to say it before, but I kind of felt it. And that maybe happened sometime around 2000.

My advice would definitely start with “Don’t let your fear silence you.” And I would say, “Ask questions and listen to the answers.”

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Leaders at Microsoft and LEGO among Employees’ Choice Awards for top CEOs in 2021

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Charmaine Griffiths, from the British Heart Foundation, is the only woman to be featured on the Top 50 CEOs in the UK in 2021.

Glassdoor, the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies, has announced the winners of its annual Employees’ Choice Awards. These awards honour the Top CEOs in 2021, at companies with 1,000 or more employees, in the UK, France, Germany, Canada and the USA. The awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO’s leadership, along with insights regarding their job experiences, work environment, and employer over the past year.

“Over the past year, company leaders around the world have faced unprecedented challenges to support employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the employees have spoken and it is clear that certain CEOs have excelled and found new ways to support their colleagues when the world of work has been flipped upside down. Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, have adapted to change, redefined visions, and led with transparency, while also putting the health and safety of employees first. I extend my sincerest congratulations to this year’s Employees’ Choice Award winners.” – said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer.

Glassdoor’s Top 50 CEOs in 2021 in the UK award features winning chief executives across diverse industries spanning technology, investment banking, FMCG, consulting, and many more. 80% of this year’s Top 50 CEOs, including 8 of the Top 10, are on the list for the first time. Only one woman is honoured among the top 50 this year, British Heart Foundation‘s Dr Charmaine Griffiths. She is featured in 5th position with 98 percent staff approval. Griffiths previously acted as Executive Director of Strategy and Performance at the charity in the United Kingdom, which was founded in 1961 and funds research related to heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella got second place with 99% approval by their employees. And in first place is Larry Fink, CEO at investment management company BlackRock. Chief Executive Officers from UBS Bank, Roche, PepsiCo and Unilever, all with over 90% staff approval, also feature amongst the top 10.

Across the approximate 1.5 million employers reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 73 percent.

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