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New prize for female creative technicians announced as part of Film London Jarman Award

Date posted: 16.11.2015

Film London and The Wapping Project are pleased to announce a new award, funded by the Women's Playhouse Trust (WPT) and presented as part of the annual Film London Jarman Award.

The Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians recognises those working in the field of artist filmmaking and will be awarded to one of four UK-based technicians who have played a significant role in the area of artists' moving image production, with the focus this year on the cinematography.

The prize aims to highlight the technical and craft-based roles that are indispensable yet often overlooked, as well as championing female technicians whose talent and commitment supports a wide range of the UK's artist filmmakers.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "I'm extremely pleased and incredibly grateful that the partnership with The Wapping Project is enabling us to celebrate the UK's formidable female creative talent. While we've long championed and supported filmmakers like Ursula Mayer, Luke Fowler and Laure Prouvost it's a pleasure to offer a new award which recognises the technical and craft-based expertise of those who help bring these visions to life. My appreciation also goes to Jules who was instrumental is creating this new Prize."

Championing women in the arts

The prize has been named after Jules Wright, the late founder of The Wapping Project and a long-time champion of women in the arts.

Wright was the first woman resident director at London's Royal Court Theatre and co-founder of WPT. In 1988, she turned down an offer to direct the Sydney Opera House in order to turn a derelict hydraulic power station in East London into The Wapping Project, transforming the building into a dynamic arts centre and platform for artists, writers, choreographers and musicians.

Kate Kinninmont MBE, CEO Women in Film & TV (UK) said: "[We] are absolutely delighted that Film London and The Wapping Project have partnered to create this brand new prize to recognise the achievements of women creative technicians who are working to enable artists to bring their vision to the screen. There are still so few women in this field and we hope that this prize will encourage more young women to choose careers in these important technical roles in film and television."

Who's who

The nominees for the 2015 Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians are:

  • Noski Deville, who has worked with artists such as Steve McQueen (Bear, 1993; 5 Easy Pieces, 1995; Stage, 1996), Isaac Julien (Vagabondia, 2000), Jananne Al-Ani (Muse, 2004; Shadow Sites, 2010) and Alia Syed (Eating Grass, 2003; Priya, 2011)
  • Taina Galis, whose key credits on artists' films include Emily Wardill's first feature Fulll Firearms (2011), Andrea Luka Zimmerman's Estate: A Reverie (2015) and Prisoner of War (due to be released in 2016), as well as art installations such as Laure Prouvost's Burrow Me (2008)
  • Suzie Lavelle, who has  worked with artists such as Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (The Sick Bag Songs - Nick Cave, 2015), Zineb Sedira (MiddleSea, 2008; Floating Coffins, 2009) and Rosalind Nashashibi (Jack Straw's Castle, 2009; The Prisoner, 2009)
  • Margaret Salmon, whose credits include Luke Fowler and Mark Fell's To the Editor of Amateur Photography (2015), Ursula Mayer's Medea (2013) and Gonda (2012), and Ryan Gander's Things That Mean Things and Things That Look Like They Mean Things (2008).

The winner will be selected by the Jarman Award jury. The Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image, celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation. The winner of the Jarman Award and new Jules Wright Prize will be announced at the Whitechapel Gallery on Monday 30 November. 


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