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07 December 2018

WFTV Awards 2018: And The Winners Are…

Actress Juliet Stevenson was today awarded The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th annual Women in Film & Television (UK) Awards. Hosted by Sandi Toksvig and supported by headline sponsor Sky, the prestigious event saw film and television’s finest come together at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the year’s most inspiring […]

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30 November 2018

2018 Women in Film and Television Awards

The 2018 Women in Film and Television Awards, supported by Sky, take place in London on the afternoon of Friday 7 December. The ceremony will be hosted by presenter Sandi Toksvig. To find out more about the Awards, click here. To follow all the action, follow #WFTVAwards on Twitter.

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29 November 2018

42% of Sundance competition films directed by women

The official selection for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which takes place in Park City (Utah) from 24 January to 3 February 2019 has been announced. Of the 61 directors in all four competition categories, comprising 56 films, 42% are women, 39% are people of color, and 23% identify as LGBTQIA. The festival received a […]

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26 November 2018

Principal Photography Begins on Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour

Principal photography has today (26 November) begun on Misbehaviour, a dramedy based on the true story of the 1970 Miss World contest and its disruption by the newly founded Women’s Liberation Movement. The film will shoot in and around London over the next nine weeks, and is directed by 2017 WFTV Award winner Philippa Lowthorpe […]

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22 November 2018

Rungano Nyoni Awarded 2018 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship

BAFTA award-winning writer and director of I Am Not a Witch, Rungano Nyoni has been awarded the 2018 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship, which is presented in partnership with BFI and Film4. Nyoni was selected from over 100 names nominated by the film and television industries and receives a £30,000 award and a year-long, tailored experience that […]

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21 November 2018

WFTV NI Screen Queens Take Centre Stage at Belfast Media Festival

The WFTV committee team in NI hosted a special panel discussion entitled Screen Queens at last week’s Belfast Media Festival with some of the leading ladies of the creative industries in Northern Ireland. Actress Bronagh Waugh, Casting Director Carla Stronge, WFTV Board Member Anne Morrison, Independent Producer Kelda Crawford McCann and Carson McDowell Partner Olivia O’Kane […]

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21 November 2018

Barclays Doubles SVOD TV Fund to £200m

Barclays Corporate Banking has announced a doubling of its SVOD fund to support UK TV producers. The £100m fund was launched in March 2017 in response to the rapidly evolving TV production landscape, with the rise of subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video changing the way that original programming is financed. Conventional […]

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15 November 2018

Entries Now Open for New Voice Awards

From the Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes, an awards night that celebrates the best of new and emerging talent. Have you got a great TV script or self-made pilot, but no agent? Did you receive your first broadcast credit in 2018? Are you a stage performer ready to take your show to TV? These awards […]

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15 November 2018

ScreenSkills Offering Freelancers Up To £1000 Towards Film/TV Training

ScreenSkills is offering bursaries of up to £1,000 towards the cost of training for freelancers (plus travel, accommodation and childcare) in priority skills areas such as camera, art department and costume. Click on the links below for more information: Film bursaries for freelancers: apply for up to £800 High-end TV bursaries for freelancers: apply for […]

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14 November 2018

Anne Mensah to Join Netflix as VP of Content

Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah is leaving to join Netflix as their new Vice President of Content, to lead the SVOD platform’s work on UK productions. Before joining Sky, Mensah held roles at ITV, the BBC and a number of independent production companies. Whilst at Sky, she has been responsible for successful dramas including […]

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12 November 2018

In The Spotlight… Sally Pacy and Cara Kotschy from Fifty Fifty

This October, post and production house Fifty Fifty celebrated its fifteenth birthday. The independent company was co-founded by Sally Pacy (above right), who remains the owner, and is run by Managing Director Cara Kotschy (above left). Between them, the pair have over 40 years’ industry experience and their impressive list of clients includes ITV, BBC, […]

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12 November 2018

Carrie Gracie Kickstarts Fundraising for New Service to Combat Pay Discrimination

The Fawcett Society and YESS Law have launched a Go Fund Me page to raise money towards a new Equal Pay Advice Service. The campaign, which is seeking to raise £20,000 has been kickstarted by a donation from Carrie Gracie’s backdated pay from the BBC. Writing directly on the Go Fund Me page, Gracie commented: […]

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08 November 2018

WFTV joins with industry groups and individuals calling for tax breaks for more diverse productions

WFTV has signed an Open Letter calling for the introduction of a Representation Tax Relief to increase the employment of women, disabled people and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds behind the camera in the British film and television industries. The initiative aims to address the on-going imbalance in employment behind the […]

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04 November 2018

Screen Selects Producers on the Rise for The Brit 50

Screen has profiled some of the rising producers who will be flying the flag for UK filmmaking excellence in years to come. Included amongst those selected are 2017 WFTV Award winner, Elhum Shakerifar (pictured right) who runs Hakawati, and animation specialists Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding who run Lupus Films. To see the full list […]

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29 October 2018

WFTV Members’ Short Films Make BIFA Longlist

Congratulations to WFTV members Fateme Ahmadi, Emma Parsons, Amelia Hashemi and Loran Dunn whose short films have made the longlist for this year’s British Independent Film Awards’ (BIFAs) Best British Short category. The longlist contains 15 short films in total, representing the cream of the crop of UK shorts from the past year. Fateme Ahmadi […]

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22 October 2018

ITV Launches Comedy 50:50 Initiative to Address Gender Imbalance

ITV’s Controller of Comedy, Saskia Schuster has launched Comedy 50:50, an initiative seeking to implement measures to address the gender imbalance in comedy, starting with writers. The initiative was launched at an event in London which brought together producers, writers and agents and was opened by Schuster, who talked about her plans to build on […]

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15 October 2018

Justice and Equality Fund Awards £1,027,699 in Grants

The Justice and Equality Fund, managed by Rosa and supported by TIME’S UP UK, has awarded £1,027,699 in grants through the Advice and Support programme to resource seven women’s organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, who are working to provide advice and support to women who have experienced sexual harassment. This comes on […]

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15 October 2018

Writing a Detective with a Difference: Feminism and ’40s Hollywood

Screenwriter and story consultant Helen Jacey is renowned for her expertise on feminism and the creative process. This year, she set up a production company, Shedunnit Productions, to develop female gaze content across different platforms. In this guest blog post exclusively for WFTV, Helen reflects on the life and work of Ida Lupino – a […]

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11 October 2018

TV Exec Tracy Forsyth Becomes New WFTV Mentoring Scheme Producer

We are delighted to announce that former BBC Worldwide exec, Tracy Forsyth is the new Producer of the Women in Film and Television Mentoring Scheme, which offers a six month programme of support and career development for women with at least seven years’ industry experience. Forsyth, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, […]

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10 October 2018

New Report Shows UK Tax Reliefs Help Fuel Boom in UK Screen Industries

Tax reliefs across film, high-end television, video games, animation programmes and children’s TV are powering unprecedented levels of production in the UK, generating an economic contribution of £7.9bn in 2016. An independent new report commissioned by the BFI demonstrates the huge value of the government tax reliefs across the UK’s screen industries, seeding unprecedented levels […]

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