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24 September 2018

10×10 Director Suzi Ewing on ‘Unlikable’ Female Leads

Thriller 10×10 is the feature directorial debut of Suzi Ewing. Penned by Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Fast Girls), the film starts with Lewis (Luke Evans) snatching Cathy (Kelly Reilly) off a busy street and locking her away in a soundproofed room measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. So far, so conventional. But as the plot unravels, […]

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24 September 2018

France Introduces Incentives For Film Industry to Hire More Women

Françoise Nyssen, the French Culture Minister, announced on Thursday (20 September) that financial incentives to persuade film productions to hire more women are to be introduced. This announcement follows on from the pledge Nyssen made at the Cannes Film Festival, and is part of a package of gender-related measures. “I believe in financial incentives” she […]

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20 September 2018

Under-Representation of BAME Directors in UK TV Highlighted in New Directors UK Report

Directors UK has today (Thursday 20th September) launched its new report on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) directorial representation in UK television. In Adjusting the Colour Balance, they reveal that despite some negligible improvement over the last few years, BAME directors still face chronic levels of under-representation and under-employment. Key findings include: – Between […]

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19 September 2018

BFI and BBC Launch Born Digital New Talent Opportunity

Born Digital is an exciting opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to realise their first broadcast project, with grants to be awarded to fund, or partly fund, up to 12 short films. In 2019, BBC Arts, BBC Four and the BFI will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Inspired by this […]

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17 September 2018

Applications Now Open for the 2019 WFTV Mentoring Scheme

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 edition of the WFTV Mentoring Scheme. The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is aimed at women working in creative, craft, technical or business roles who have at least seven years experience in the industry. The scheme will run from February – July 2019. Successful […]

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17 September 2018

Apply for Creative England’s Market Trader

Learn how to succeed at international markets with Market Trader, an intensive development programme for talented professionals from different parts of the film value chain looking to progress their career. Market Trader will take place between November 2018 and April 2019, and activities include: Three day pre-market workshop with leading industry figures from the worlds […]

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13 September 2018

New Women Returners Schemes from BBC and Sky

The BBC and Sky have become the first UK broadcasters to partner with Women Returners, an organisation that helps people who have had a career break of two or more years return to work. The schemes offer six-month paid placements, with returners encouraged to apply for permanent roles after their placement is over. The BBC […]

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12 September 2018

Only 10% of U.S. TV Programmes Directed by Women

Now in its 21st year, the Boxed In study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film provides the most comprehensive historical record of women’s representation and employment in U.S. television available. Overall, the numbers are down this year. Behind the scenes, women accounted for 27% of all creators, directors, writers, […]

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10 September 2018

Producers: Share Your Views About Representation

Producer and 2016 WFTV mentee Loran Dunn has teamed up with fellow-producers Helen Simmons and Sophie Reynolds to run a series of round-table events with other UK producers, as a place to share experiences and ideas. They are currently running a survey for producers to try to gather information about representation and what issues might […]

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07 September 2018

Latest Report On Gender Gap Amongst Critics Published

A new report from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, conducted in partnership with TIME’S UP Entertainment – an affiliate within TIME’S UP’s expanding coalition of women across industries working toward safe, fair and dignified workplaces – critiques inclusion in the ranks of film critics. The report, titled Critic’s Choice 2 […]

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07 September 2018

Applications Open for Athena Film Festival Lab

The Lab, from the Athena Film Festival and IRIS, consists of two days of intensive script development with seasoned mentors. It is designed for female writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in leadership roles at the center of the story and […]

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06 September 2018

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Receive Inaugural WIFT India Meryl Streep Award

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is set to receive the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards, which has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood. The Meryl Streep Award for Excellence will be exclusive to the annual WIFT India Awards. Back […]

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06 September 2018

Directors UK launches new Bullying and Harassment Handbook

Directors UK has today (Thursday 6 September 2018) launched a new bullying and harassment handbook for screen directors working in the film and television industry. Following recent industry revelations about sexual harassment and bullying, Directors UK has prepared this new handbook to help directors deal with scenarios of workplace misconduct, bullying and harassment – whether […]

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31 August 2018

Festivals Update – Female Directors News From LFF and Venice

This week the full programme for the 2018 edition of the BFI London Film Festival was announced at a launch event in London. Festival director Tricia Tuttle revealed that half of the films in competition, half of all short films, and 30% of all feature films have female directors or co-directors. See the full programme […]

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23 August 2018

BBC Announces New Drama Projects from Nicole Taylor, Michaela Coel and Sally Rooney

The BBC has announced three new dramas authored by female writers, including two WFTV Award winners. Nicole Taylor (pictured right), 2017 WFTV Award winner and writer of the hugely successful Three Girls will pen emotional thriller The Nest for BBC One, teaming up once again with producer and fellow-WFTV Award winner, Sue Hogg ; Michaela […]

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23 August 2018

Win Free Entry to Shore Scripts Writing Contests

Getting your script into the hands of producers, directors, managers, and agents is a huge stepping-stone for any writer. Shore Scripts is a US based screenwriting competition that was set up to do just that. Shore Scripts’ goal is to discover new writing talent from around the world, and with their roster of 100+ industry […]

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23 August 2018

Directors UK Report Finds Decline in TV Episodes Directed By Women

Directors UK has launched its new report on gender inequality among directors working in UK television, which reveals that the gender gap has continued to widen. The report comes four years after the organisation first looked into female directorial representation in TV production, which highlighted the chronic lack of women directing UK programming and the […]

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23 August 2018

Time is Running Out: Nominate Someone For a WFTV Award Today

Time is running out to nominate someone for a 2018 Women in Film and Television Award. The WFTV Awards, supported by Sky, are our annual celebration of the most talented women in UK film, TV and digital media. This year the Awards will take place on Friday 7 December at the London Hilton on Park […]

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23 August 2018

Michaela Coel Reveals Sexual Assault and Calls for Industry Change in TV Festival Lecture

Writer and performer Michaela Coel has delivered an honest and wide-ranging MacTaggart Lecture to an audience of TV industry professionals at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Coel, who is the 2016 New Talent Award winner at the WFTV Awards, is the youngest and first person of black or ethnic minority to deliver the prestigious lecture at […]

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20 August 2018

Apply for 4Stories: Channel 4 Talent Initiative for Writers and Directors

4Stories, the new-talent scheme, designed to bring on and help establish the next generation of writers and directors, is back! The scheme is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. They encourage applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including […]

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