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17 January 2019

Films With Rape Scenes and Sexual Violence to Receive Minimum 15-Rating

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new guidelines which include a key change to the classification of films which include scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence. The change means that no film that contains depictions of rape and strong sexual violence will be allowed a rating below 15. Craig […]

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17 January 2019

Win Tickets to BFI Screening of Jane Magnusson’s Bergman: A Year in a Life

Best Documentary winner at the European Film Awards 2018! ‘One of the most honest and overflowing portraits of a film artist’ – Variety Jane Magnusson’s Bergman: A Year in a Life centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when the great Swedish writer-director, besides unveiling The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working […]

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14 January 2019

What You Need to Know About New Short Film Fund, The Uncertain Kingdom

The Uncertain Kingdom is a new short film fund launched to give twenty filmmakers £10,000 each to make a film about how they see the UK in 2019. The project was originated by producer/director/exec John Jencks and will be produced by Jencks alongside producers Isabel Freer and (WFTV member) Georgia Goggin. A number of established […]

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03 January 2019

Latest Celluloid Ceiling Report Shows Women Made Up Just 8% of Directors

The 21st annual The Celluloid Ceiling study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film was released today (Thursday 3 January 2019) and showed that of the top 250 domestic grossing films at the US box office in 2018, just 8% of directors were women. That’s a three percentage points drop […]

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17 December 2018

Inaugural Recipients of WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Announced

As exclusively revealed in Broadcast last week, the first three recipients of the WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund are Megan Jenkins, Victoria Mapplebeck and Cheryl Richardson. The bursary is a unique initiative set up in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn (pictured) who was renowned for discovering and developing new talent. It is funded by the […]

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17 December 2018

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley to be Honoured by BAFTA

Number 9 Films co-founders Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley are to be honoured by BAFTA for their outstanding contribution to cinema. The producers are responsible for a string of landmark independent films spanning the past thirty years, including The Crying Game (1992), Scandal (1989), Made in Dagenham (2010), Carol (2015), and most recently Colette (2018). […]

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13 December 2018

New Study Finds Female-Led Films Outperform Their Male-Led Equivalents

A new study from Shift7 and CAA has found that blockbusters with female leads outperformed their male-led equivalents at the global Box Office between 2014 and 2017. The report looked at data on the revenue for the 350 highest grossing films within the four year period, and found the results for female-led films came out […]

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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 […]

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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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