Women are massively under-represented in many areas of film and video production. A 2012 report from The BFI showed that women made up just 11.4% of directors and 16.1% of writers of the 372 UK independent films released in the UK territory in 2010-2012. In UK-USA studio titles released in the same period, women made up just 6.7% of directors and 4.9% of writers.
Statistics gathered by the New York Film Academy suggest that, in 2012, women comprised just 7% of directors, 13% of writers and only 27% of producers. Women accounted for a shockingly low 9% of all cinematographers and just 18% of editors.
It’s time to change the lens and see things from a new perspective…
We are delighted to have received funding from Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, to deliver a three-month training programme for women from January 2017.
From Her Point of View is in full swing: from January to April 2017 14 women will receive the support and opportunity to make a film. The programme includes practical training workshops, talks from keynote speakers, industry visits and networking opportunities. Workshops include:
– Ideas development
– Visual storytelling and directing
– Camera and lighting
– Sound recording
– Working with actors
– 2D Animation
– Production Design / Art Direction
– Puppetry and SFX
– Virtual Reality
The 14 participants have formed 2 production crews and are currently developing ideas for their films. Upon completion, the films will be screened as part of a city-wide event curated by Bristol Film Festival, celebrating women’s contribution to cinema.
In addition to the training support, each crew will receive a financial bursary and support worth over £4,000. This will include a studio space to shoot in, access to our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory to help with production design, and access to post production facilities for editing, sound mixing and colour grade. As part of the bursary each participant will also receive 1:1 project mentoring, insurance and use of KWMC’s cameras, lights and sound recording equipment.
Each crew will also have access to £1,000 to spend on other areas of production such as hiring actors, props, costume, make-up, catering and additional equipment hire if required.
The women involved are all aged 18+ and new entrants to the film industry. By ‘new entrant’ we mean they haven’t been working full time professionally in a paid role in film or TV for more than 1 year. However, if you have previously worked professionally in film or TV but have had an extended break from work of 4 years or more you are welcome to apply.
Come behind the scenes with From Her Point of View, Knowle West Media Centre's three-month training programme for female filmmakers. Find out more about the experience of women in film with this weekly blog from Kerrie, one of the young women taking part in the training who is also acting as Press Agent for the films... What's the story? "Fourteen incredibly talented women have been...
This week's blog from the From Her Point of View programme features how to work with actors and write for the screen. Catch up with Kerrie, one of the young women taking part in the training who is also acting as Press Agent for the films… Week Two: Working with Actors & Screenwriting Now we all know each other, it was...