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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 in the UK creative industries.

This platform was created because the underrepresentation of black women 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, we sincerely welcome allied women - and men, who will support the ethos and spirit of Women Of The Lens through their own work.

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To start 2022

Please ensure that you read the submissions guidelines found on our website prior to any entry. Entry is not a guarantee of programming in any festival event. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Productions are open to any genre i.e. romcom, anime, animation, drama, thriller, comedy, children, romance, sci-fi, noir, web series, podcasts.

Submissions are open for productions of lengths between 1 minute and 3 hours.

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Productions may not be withdrawn from the programming after selection.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 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.

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Overall Rating
  • Bukola Bakinson

    We are thrilled to be selected, we look forward to attending the film festival which has been postponed to March 2022, we will aim to update this review following the festival.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hey Bukola, thanks for leaving your response. Please be advised that all film submitters will be communicated with updates about the Festival event status as soon as possible. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

  • Janet Marrett

    Women of the Len Film Festival truly is the premier festival for UK black women, showcasing excellence in filmmaking and fresh new storytelling by hosts with a passion for making these accessible by promoting and supporting new & emerging talent. Really an honour to be included in the official selection of the 2020 edition within a such high calibre of films! Highly recommended!
    Huge thanks to an amazing team for including CLEARING in your 2020 official selection.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hey Janet. We hope that you had a good start to 2021. It was a pleasure to feature your film in the 2020 programme. You are a rising talent and we can't wait to see more of your work. We expect big things from you!

  • Great festival with a refreshing selection of films. Thank you for having our film!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting We The People. It is an important film about what community can achieve through collaboration. We look forward to more of your work.

  • A warm and wonderful festival. The founder Jennifer, really values her filmmakers and really cares about their experience. You can feel the work that goes into every single piece of communication. I loved the festival poster and artwork. In a year difficult for any film festival to do their usual, WOTL has thought of many new ways to help and promote its female filmmakers. I just wish I could have engaged with it much more, unfortunately it caught me at a very busy period. Filming under Covid restrictions meant I didn't have the time. Will certainly be applying again with new projects and telling all my friends to do the same.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Shona. Thank you very much for your kind words. We will all navigate Covid in a productive way that sees a more communicative industry (and hopefully, society) that is supportive of each other. We very much look forward to seeing your new work. Do keep us up to date with it.

  • OYA Media Group

    An amazing festival to showcase our short film "Promise Me." Really appreciated the social media profile and engagement. Looking forward to attending again. Hopefully in person.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your film. It was a pleasure to screen such a strong and important story that goes way beyond film. We look forward to seeing more of your work.