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 will provide participants with the support and opportunity to make a film. It will include practical training workshops, talks from keynote speakers, industry visits and networking opportunities.
There are 10 places on the course and participants will form 2 production crews of 5 people per crew.
Workshops will 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
Upon completion, films will be screened as part of a city-wide event curated by Bristol Film Festival, celebrating women’s contribution to cinema.
The course will be delivered over two days each week: Thursdays from 5.30 – 9pm and Fridays from 10am – 5pm.
We are looking for women who are interested in various roles of production, including producing, directing, camera, lighting, sound, editing and post production, and art department. In each crew you may be expected to perform more than one role, but it is important you let us know which role(s) you would most like to fulfil in your application.
Each crew will receive a financial bursary and support worth over £4,000. This will include a studio space to shoot in, access to Knowle West Media Centre’s 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. You will each be supported in budgeting, but the Producer of each crew will be responsible for keeping receipts and filling out expenses reports for their film project.
Participants must attend all of the workshops and it is essential that you can commit to the whole course. If you are unable to attend a workshop you must give at least two weeks’ notice.
All participants will receive a free ticket to the final screening event. Extra tickets will need to be paid for.
In order to apply you must be aged 18+ and be a new entrant to the film industry. By ‘new entrant’ we mean you must not have 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.
We welcome applications from women and those who identify as women from all backgrounds.
Please download and complete an application form and equalities monitoring form.
Full details of how to submit your application are included in the form and applications should arrive no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 11th January 2017.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 17th January 2017. It is a tight turnaround but we will endeavour to notify you as soon as possible if you are invited to attend an interview.
Workshops will begin on Thursday 26th January 2017.