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Female filmmakers sought for Shakespeare-inspired short film fund

Date posted: 24.09.2015

We've joined forces with the British Council to launch Shakespeare's Sister, a short film initiative to develop some of the UK's best emerging female filmmaking talent and help tackle gender disparity within the film industry.

Two female-led teams, which can include transgender women, will be offered £15,000 in production funding to create short films inspired by the works of Shakespeare. They will also receive practical support, mentoring from Film4, along with a year's Women in Film & TV membership. The completed films will form a key part of the programme of work we are commissioning to commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare throughout 2016.

Bridging the gender gap

The need for projects that address filmmaking's gender divide has been identified in BFI research, which found that female writers and directors are underrepresented across the film industry despite huge audience demand and proven commercial viability.

Roughly one in ten films are directed by women, and just under a fifth are written by them. With this disparity in mind, Shakespeare's Sister is both forward-thinking and necessary in its aim to support, champion and showcase the work of emerging female filmmakers and provide them with a global platform for their work.

All the world's a stage

Film London's work television and film commissions will form part of the global celebrations commemorating Shakespeare's life, work and legacy which will take place throughout 2016. Marking 400 years since his death, Shakespeare-related film and television activity will take place all over the world to celebrate the global cultural phenomenon of a writer whose work has been translated into every major language and is continually re-interpreted and performed worldwide. Full details of all the UK's Shakespeare programmes will be announced from October.


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