From over 1,200 applications, the winners of Bumble’s Female Film Force Competition have been revealed!
The fund, first unveiled in May, saw scores of all-female writer, director and producer teams submit a wide variety of short film projects, all with the chance to win £20,000 per team.
The five winners have now been selected, and the ideas range from a documentary about the last ‘women of the sea’ divers in Japan, to a story about a rural English town with only one telephone box.
Women in Film and TV have been delighted to support the initiative, and CEO Kate Kinninmont has spoken about the inspiring breadth of ideas and talent, saying that “the pitch day was full of inspiration, creativity and sheer joy. It was a pleasure for us to meet these amazing women and their teams.”
The chosen projects are as follows:
Georgina Yukiko Donovan (Director/producer); Yoko Ishitani (Producer)
The story of the Ama divers – the last of Japan’s ‘women of the sea’ and their fight to preserve their 3,000 year old way of life. (Documentary)
A Battle in Waterloo
Emma Moffat (Writer/Director); Tilly Coulson (Producer); Anna Hargreaves (Producer)
During the Battle of Waterloo, a soldier’s wife searches for her missing husband in the nearby forest and must resort to extraordinary measures to survive.
Oluwaseun ‘Shey’ Osibowale (Producer/AD); Damilola Babalola (Director); Louise Ogunnaike (Writer); Funke Alafiatayo (DOP)
Presented with a dubious life changing opportunity, an international student faces the challenge of making a decision that could alter the course of her future.
Emma Wall (Writer/Director); Jo Halpin (Producer); Claire Byrne (DOP)
Set in 1975, Pat tells the story of a mother who stays connected to her son in New York through the only phone in the village.
The Leaving Party
Helena Sutcliffe (Writer/Producer); Emily Bray (Director); Milly Garnier (Writer/Director); Jenn Thomas (Producer)
In an overcrowded and aging Great Britain, a heroic matriarch must escape a government-decreed death sentence before her eightieth birthday arrives.
The Bumble Panel consisted of Fiona Gillies, Kate Kinninmont, Emily Phillips, Nicholas Pinnock, Georgina Campbell, Edith Bowman, Danielle Chadha, Anna Fielding (as pictured above). Image Source: The Hollywood Reporter