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24 January 2019

In The Spotlight: Jemma Riley-Tolch & Lilly Blazewicz from the Pinewood Creative Audio Team

Sometimes it’s hard not to get disheartened by the constant reminders of how far we still have to go to reach gender parity in the film and TV industries. Whether it’s stats from the latest academic study or the absence of women in recent awards nomination lists; despite a shift in the way we talk […]

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24 January 2019

DCMS “Will Continue to Monitor the Situation on Pay Discrimination” at the BBC

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published a short report in reaction to the BBC’s formal response to the Committee’s report on equal pay at the BBC. The Committee has stated that it stands by the conclusion of their inquiry, which was that their evidence suggests that some women at the BBC who […]

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24 January 2019

New Mental Health Initiative Seeking Short Films by Female Filmmakers

Toge+her is a new supportive space for women, addressing mental health issues. Each month they look at a new topic and each week they’ll upload new films relating to that topic. They are currently building up their film content, which consists of films by female filmmakers from around the world. With that in mind, if […]

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20 January 2019

Submissions Now Open for 2019 Underwire Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 edition of Underwire Festival, the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. WFTV is a proud supporter of the festival and has been since it was founded a decade ago. Find out more about Underwire Festival and submit your film today. The regular […]

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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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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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