Women Of The Lens is a live Festival of Film, Broadcast and Digital programming. It was created to celebrate and highlight the achievements of black women and women of colour in the UK creative industries.
We will bring specifically British sources with an inclusion of wider international regions reflective of black women. This platform was created because the underrepresentation of black women and women of colour in the creative industries remains stubbornly low. We want to reveal the complexity, diversity and multiplicities of these women, which is ordinarily overlooked in the conventional media-sphere. We arrive because their stories are our stories, human stories with varied narratives - and as such, wider audiences beyond those of colour can truly engage with complex tales, which move beyond the common tropes reserved for these women in typical media representations.
At Women Of The Lens, we want to create a space, which attracts industry professionals and those who have vested interests outside of the industry that build reciprocal relationships that nurture and builds careers. We want to share knowledge which signposts opportunities and develops ideas.
Whilst our stories are by, of and for black women and women of colour, we sincerely welcome allied women - and men, who will support the ethos and spirit of Women Of The Lens through their own work. The Festival will be the primary platform for Women Of The Lens, but other spheres will contribute to a holistic experience as the platform develops.
We look forward to another live event at the Close Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR.
To start 2020
Please ensure that you read the submissions guidelines found on our website.
Festival dates are: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th November 2019 (dates may be subject to change).
Productions are open to any genre.
In most instances we will not have any specific restrictions on productions which have already premiered, however, productions with premier status at the Festival’s programming will be factored into our selection.
Productions may not be withdrawn from the programming after selection.
Productions may not be screened any time before the Festival's programming (1st, 2nd and 9th November 2019) once it has been selected.
We reserve the right to use any material provided to us as part of our PR, marketing and promotional activities.
The Festival dates are Friday 1st November, Saturday 2nd November and Saturday 9th November 2019. These dates may be subject to change. Follow our social media for updates: @womenofthelens
All inquiries should be emailed in the first instance to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ensure that you read the submissions guidelines prior to entry
Response from festival:
It was a pleasure to programme your film The Sycamore Gap. It brought a unique creative element to the Festival. It is pleasing to know that you felt welcomed and it is an element the Festival will endeavour to maintain - however big it gets!
Very much look forward to seeing the progress of your promising career and working with you again in the future.