International Disruptors: Outgoing Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner On Her Commitment To Gender Parity & Why “The Old Industry Needs To Change”

International Disruptors: Outgoing Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner On Her Commitment To Gender Parity & Why “The Old Industry Needs To Change”
Welcome to Deadline’s International Disruptors, a feature where we’ll shine a spotlight on key executives and companies outside of the U.S. shaking up the offshore marketplace. This week, we’re talking to Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner, who is stepping down after 10 years in the role. Serner has been hugely influential in tackling inequality for women in the film industry and is known for her trailblazing gender parity initiative “50/50 by 2020.” Here, Serner reflects on her tenure and why small steps forward can equate to big change.

Long before #MeToo was a trending hashtag or Time’s Up existed as an organization, Swedish Film Institute head Anna Serner was busy serving her own local film industry a tall order of reform in the gender parity space.

The Stockholm-born exec, who became CEO of the state-backed film promotional and funding body in 2011, was appalled when she came into
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