Frequently Asked Questions
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What is WFTV (UK)?
WFTV (UK) is the leading organisation for women working in the creative media industries in the UK. We exist to support and celebrate the careers of women who work in the media, and strive for a fairer industry for all.
Do we really still need an organisation like WFTV?
The simple answer? Yes. Reports consistently show that women are still underrepresented within the creative media industries, including in ‘key’ roles such as directing and writing. For example, the BFI reported that in 2013 women made up just 14.2% of writers and 14.1% of directors of UK films; Directors UK found that in 2011 – 2012 only 13% of drama programmes on UK TV were directed by women; actors’ union Equity monitored on-screen gender representation in 2009 and discovered that in TV drama men outnumber women 2:1; and the Creative Skillset Workforce Survey 2014 found that women earn on average £3000 less than men in the creative industries. All of this, combined with what our members tell us about their own experiences in the industry, show that there is as much need today as there has ever been for WFTV (UK).
How much does it cost to be a member?
We have two membership rates. If you are based in London, annual membership is £100 + VAT. If you are based outside of London (outside of the M25), annual membership is £50 + VAT. The price difference reflects the fact that the vast majority of our events take place in London and therefore members based in the city have better access to them.
I’m a student. Can I join?
Unfortunately, we do not allow undergraduate students to join WFTV (UK), but please do get back in touch when you are working in the industry, and in the meantime you can join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to be kept up to date with industry news and opportunities.
If you are a post-graduate student you are eligible to join WFTV at the standard membership rate.
Who can apply for the WFTV Mentoring Scheme?
The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is a mentoring programme designed for women who have more than 5 years’ experience working in TV, film or digital production and who are looking to take a significant step in their career. The Scheme runs for six months, and applications are advertised through the WFTV newsletter, website and social media. It is free to apply to and participate on the Scheme. Find out more here.
What do you do?
We run a range of activities to support our members and all women across the industry, including producing a regular events and networking programme; lobbying government and collaborating with other industry bodies for change; producing a respected mentoring programme for mid-career women; and hosting an annual awards ceremony attended by 1000 industry guests.
Who can become a member of WFTV (UK)?
Any woman working in the UK creative media industries is eligible to apply to become a member of WFTV (UK). Our members range from new entrants right through to top executives, and they work in a variety of professions spanning the entire industry, including writing, directing, producing, finance, accounting, media law, sound, cinematography, editing and more. If you are not based in the UK, you may be eligible to join another chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI).
How can I pay my members fees?
You can pay online, over the phone or by direct debit. Payments can be made in annual or quarterly instalments.
What kinds of events do you organise, and how often?
We run an events programme all year round ranging from networking events and masterclasses to screenings, panel discussions and hands-on gear workshops. We also partner with other industry organisations and film festivals to run joint events throughout the year. Find out more about events here.
When are the WFTV Awards?
The WFTV Awards, supported by Sky, are our annual celebration of the most talented women in the industry. The ceremony takes place on the first Friday of December at the London Hilton on Park Lane and is attended by almost 1000 industry guests. Find out more here.