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16 February 2017

WFTV members’ projects through to next stage of Microwave

Producers and WFTV members Emma Duffy and Jude Goldrei have made it through to the Further Development phase of Film London’s micro-budget film initiative, Microwave. Emma (pictured right) is the producer on Mari, a film about female identity and expectation that will blend dance with drama. The film is written and directed by Georgia Parris […]

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16 February 2017

Former WFTV Mentee appointed Amazon’s Director of Original TV, Europe

2012 WFTV mentee Georgia Brown has been hired by Amazon as the company’s Director of Original TV for Europe. It’s well-known that Amazon has been investing huge resources into commissioning original film and TV content in recent years, with the high profile launch of The Grand Tour in December 2016 a prime example. Georgia heads […]

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16 February 2017

WFTV members amongst greenlit iFeatures projects

Creative England, together with its partners the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, have announced the three projects selected for production for the fourth iteration of its low-budget film initiative, iFeatures. Amongst those selected in a year when two of the three projects have female writer/directors were WFTV members and Screen International Stars of Tomorrow […]

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13 February 2017

In the Spotlight: Alma Har’el, Director and Cinematographer of LoveTrue

After stunning the documentary world with her debut feature, Bombay Beach in 2011 Alma Har’el returns to cinema screens with her highly-anticipated second feature, LoveTrue. The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at top festivals across the globe including Hot Docs, the London Film Festival and IDFA. LoveTrue […]

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11 February 2017

BBC and WFTV team up for Expert Women day

We are delighted to be teaming up with the BBC Academy and BBC News for a free media familiarisation day for women with particular expertise who are interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters. The aim is to offer an introduction to the media, including practical experiences in front of […]

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11 February 2017

Raising Films and The CTBF launch Family Support Fund

Raising Films and The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (The CTBF) have announced the launch of the Family Support Fund, a 12-month pilot scheme offering financial support to professionals working across the UK screen sector. The Fund aims to help those on a limited budget who are juggling a professional career with caring responsibilities, providing […]

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11 February 2017

New BAFTA career programme focuses on female directors

A new bespoke programme, BAFTA Elevate has been launched to support individuals from under-represented groups to the next stage of their career. The programme has been established on the back of research BAFTA conducted in partnership with Creative Skillset and the BFI in 2016 examining the career success factors of film, television and games practitioners […]

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09 February 2017

WFTV 1-2-1 Financial Objectives Surgery

Book a surgery slot for Friday 24th February. Twenty-minute slots available between 10:00am and 1:00pm. How do you ensure your money works for you? How can you best plan for your own future? We are delighted that Lucas Lowe, Senior Financial Consultant at St. James’s Place, has offered to do this 1-2-1 surgery exclusively for […]

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02 February 2017

Former WFTV Mentee wins Inaugural Canon Innovation Award

Former WFTV mentee Victoria Thomas (above, second from left) was part of the winning team who received the first ever Canon Innovation Award presented at CineMart in Rotterdam. The Award was part of the Propellor Film Tech Hub, an initiative by International Film Festival Rotterdam, EFM, CPH:DOX and Cinemathon, to develop new business models for […]

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02 February 2017

Canadian study finds gender-based career barriers in Media

Research released by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has found that nearly 90% of women respondents who are working in Canada’s screen-based media sector report facing gender-based obstacles to advancement in their career. Of the 561 individuals surveyed for Women and Leadership: A study of Gender Parity and Diversity in Canada’s Screen Industries, 87% […]

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02 February 2017

Creative Scotland Publishes First Comprehensive EDI Review

The first comprehensive Review of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion within Scotland’s Screen Sector has been published by Creative Scotland. Equality Matters: A Review of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland’s Screen Sector draws on evidence gathered from individuals and organisations working in film and TV in Scotland set against a backdrop of national and international […]

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27 January 2017

Awards success for WFTV members

WFTV members were amongst the winners at last week’s Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards and National Television Awards. 2016 WFTV Best Performance Award winner Sarah Lancashire picked up the Best Drama Performance Award at the National Television Awards. At the same event Gogglebox – which is made by 2016 WFTV Producer Award winner Tania […]

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26 January 2017

Ab Fab Best Performing UK Indie Film in Record Year for Production Spend

New statistics from the BFI show that Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was the highest grossing independent UK film of 2016, making £16 million at the box office. However, the overall market share for UK films was only 7%, its lowest level in three years and under the ten-year average. The picture for production spend in […]

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19 January 2017

Record-breaking success for Jane Gull’s My Feral Heart

It’s been an auspicious couple of weeks for WFTV member Jane Gull, whose breakout hit film My Feral Heart has just become the UK’s most successful ‘cinema on demand’ film of all time. The team behind the film used people-powered cinema platform Our Screen to self-distribute the film, showing once again that failing to pick […]

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12 January 2017

Study shows % of women directors down on 2015

The latest edition of the Celluloid Ceiling report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film reveals that women comprised just 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films in the US in 2016. This represents a decline of 2% from […]

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12 January 2017

Former WFTV Mentee secures investment for indie

Former WFTV Mentee Gillane Seaborne has secured an investment deal for her London- and Cardiff-based production company Midnight Oil Pictures. The deal has been made with investor and entrepreneur Richard Green and promises to help fuel the company’s growth and fortify its development team. The investment comes on the back of Midnight Oil’s participation in […]

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12 January 2017

Gurinder Chadha’s latest to premiere at Berlinale

WFTV Patron Gurinder Chadha’s latest feature film, Viceroy’s House will have its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale (9 – 19 February). The film, which stars Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville is set in India in 1947 and is based on the true story of Lord Mountbatten, the man charged with handing India back to […]

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12 January 2017

Watch highlights from the 2016 WFTV Awards

Were you unable to join us for December’s WFTV Awards? Well, don’t worry because now you can catch up on some of the highlights from the event in our WFTV Awards video reel. If you want to find out more about all the winners from the day, you can read the press release here or […]

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09 January 2017

Book Now for 1-2-1 CV Surgery

Book a surgery slot for Friday 20th January. Twenty-minute slots available between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Your CV is your passport to your next job, but making sure it is relevant to the role you are applying for and fully reflects your skills and experience is no easy task. Thankfully, CV expert Kate Watson of top […]

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08 January 2017

In the Spotlight… Heather Jones, A+E Networks

Last year WFTV partnered with A+E Networks for the inaugural Lifetime Shorts Competition, part of the network’s Broad Focus initiative which aims to find, develop and mentor female talent in the entertainment industry. The competition was the brainchild of Heather Jones, A+E Networks UK’s General Manager and Senior Vice President of Content and Creative. WFTV […]

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