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Help us shape our new online family law advice forum

We are pleased to announce that Rights of Women is setting up a new online discussion forum on family law for professionals working with survivors of domestic abuse. We hope to launch it in July 2018. The forum is part of the Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors (FLOWS) project, which is a partnership project […]

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BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME Comedy Writers

The BBC Felix Dexter Bursary, offered by BBC Comedy in partnership with the BBC Writersroom, is designed to find a writer with a fresh, unique point of view and the potential to help shape the future of comedy, whether in the BBC or elsewhere in the industry. It aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of BAME professionals in comedy production in broadcasting.

On a practical level, the bursary gives up-and-coming talent the chance to make comedy writing their main focus for six months, while immersed in comedy production. They will hone their skills while gaining experience on a range of BBC comedies across radio, TV and online, on panel shows, shorts, sitcoms or comedy entertainment shows. The programme will offer the writer the support they need to take the next step in their career.

The bursary is open to black, Asian and other ethnic minority writers or writing duos who are 18 or over.

Find out more and apply here.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 July at 5:00pm.

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BAFTA Introduces New Diversity Criteria for Film Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has confirmed new eligibility requirements for the British film categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019.

First announced in 2016 following consultation with the BFI and a range of industry professionals, all entries into two British film categories – Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – will now be required to meet at least two of the four BFI Diversity Standards.

The Standards focus on under-represented groups across four areas:

A: On-screen representation, themes & narratives
B: Project leadership & creative practitioners
C: Industry access & opportunities
D: Opportunities for diversity in audience development

Read more here.

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50% Off Submissions to Ridgefield Independent Film Festival

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival in the USA is currently accepting submissions, and is committing to 50/50 filmmaker gender parity at this year’s event.

To achieve this goal, RIFF wants to reach all the phenomenally talented women filmmakers around the globe and is offering them a 50% discount on the standard submission fee.

In addition, all RIFF festival submission fees will be put directly toward filmmaker support services and cash awards for winning films in every genre.

You can submit via the RIFF FilmFreeway page and use the submission discount code RIFFctParityNow for 50% off.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15th August.

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Research Uncovers Gender Gap Amongst ‘High Status’ Employees at Film Markets


New research from Stephen Follows has found that women make up just 35% of ‘high status’ employees at the three key international film markets.

The study looked at sales and distribution professionals attending the European Film Market (EFM), Marche du Film (Cannes) and American Film Market (AFM) over the past 10 years. The idea to look at this data arose from a discussion about women in international sales at a recent Birds Eye View Board meeting, as Follows is a Board member.

Back in 2009, women accounted for 35% of all attendees, whereas so far in 2018 the figure has risen to 44%. So it would seem progress is being made. However, when the data was split out by the status of those attendees, a different picture emerged.

Women accounted for 32% of high-status employees, 51% of mid-status employees and 64% of low-status employees.

Going on to break down the data by sub-sectors within the sales and distribution world, Follows found that distribution companies and production companies have the highest percentage of men in high-status jobs (71% and 69% respectively). Only film commissions have a majority of women in such roles (52%). The publicity sector has 43% women in high status roles and film festivals 41%. All sub-sectors were found to have a majority of women in their lowest ranks.

When split out by geography – looking at professionals who attended at least one of the three markets – the Russian and Chineses film sales industries have an almost equal number of men and women in high-status jobs (49% and 47% were women, respectively) while Germany and India sit at the opposite end of the spectrum (27% and 24%).

Of UK-based professionals, just 30% of high status employees were women, compared to 58% of mid-status and 72% of low-status.

The reason why this matters, of course, is because not only does it suggest an inequality of professional opportunity, but the sales and distribution sectors hold a lot of power over what films get seen. If the majority of those top decision makers are male, we may be missing out on a full and diverse range of voices – in just the same way we have seen to be the case when there is a lack of diversity amongst those who are greenlighting and making films.


To read more about the research, as well as the methodology, click here.

NB. Follows’ study was focused on gender, and did not take into account other areas of diversity, such as ethnicity and sexuality.

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Our new digital exhibition

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We have partnered up with Google Arts & Culture to co-produce a beautiful digital exhibit – the Road to Equality – looking at the history of the feminist movement. It was launched on 11thJune – Millicent Fawcett’s birthday, and you can now view it here, alongside all the other wonderful exhibits from other organisations, including Glasgow Women’s Library, Black Cultural Archives and Artichoke Trust: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/road-to-equality

Join our new Outreach Team

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We’re very excited to report that we are currently in the process of setting up our new outreach team. The team will be focusing on our new educational outreach programme – designing a feminist education programme that we will take to schools, universities and other educational institutions. We’re starting the process with a Feminist Education workshop on the 30th June at the Library, when we’ll be meeting with feminist educators to discuss the best way forward – join us! We will also be looking at improving other areas of our outreach, like working more with the local community and other feminist organisations.

Interested in getting involved? Get in touch with us if you’d like to be a part of it! Email Noemie: ndignat@gmail.com

WIN! The Piano – Signed Poster and Blu-Ray/DVD Bundle

To celebrate the 25th anniversary re-release of Jane Campion’s extraordinary The Piano this Friday (15 June), our friends at the Independent Cinema Office and Studiocanal UK are offering one lucky WFTV member the chance to win a fabulous goody bag – including a signed poster and a blu-ray/DVD bundle.

To enter, please email newsletter@wftv.org.uk by 5:00pm on Thursday 14 June with the subject line: ‘The Piano’ and your full name, phone number and address in the body of the e-mail.*

You must be a current WFTV Member to be eligible to enter this competition.

Good luck!

*If you do not provide full details you may not be entered into the draw.

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WIN! The Piano – Signed Poster and Blu-Ray/DVD Bundle

To celebrate the 25th anniversary re-release of Jane Campion’s extraordinary The Piano this Friday (15 June), our friends at the Independent Cinema Office and Studiocanal UK are offering one lucky WFTV member the chance to win a fabulous goody bag – including a signed poster and a blu-ray/DVD bundle.

To enter, please email newsletter@wftv.org.uk by 5:00pm on Thursday 14 June with the subject line: ‘The Piano’ and your full name, phone number and address in the body of the e-mail.*

You must be a current WFTV Member to be eligible to enter this competition.

Good luck!

*If you do not provide full details you may not be entered into the draw.

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Jannine Waddell to Receive MBE for Services to Independent Production

Huge congratulations to WFTV member and MD of Waddell Media, Jannine Waddell, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to independent television production in Northern Ireland.

We’re delighted for Jannine, who is also the co-ordinator of WFTV events in N. Ireland, for her well deserved recognition.

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