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Productions may not be withdrawn from the programming after selection.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: info@womenofthelens.com

Stay close to our social media platforms for updates too:
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Ensure that you read the submissions guidelines prior to entry

Overall Rating
  • It was a pleasure to be a part of this event! And I was especially proud to have my experimental film Generation screen with the other films in my block; I appreciated how apropos the lineup was. As well, the organizers--Jennifer, who's a film professor, and Laurelle, a filmmaker--were hospitable and responsive, and I was complimented to get their verbal appreciation of my work. I also connected with at least one other filmmaker there. And to those who might be coming from abroad, like I did, the location is superb, just off Brick Lane in the heart of an arts district with a wealth of great food, sites, and shopping nearby.

    January 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your input Pamela. Your film was a valuable entry to our 2018 programme. Look forward to your new ventures - which you must advise the Festival about when you can.

  • Louise & Sherill Munro & Turner

    This was our first experience with Women of the Lens Festival and it was extremely positive! Communication from Jennifer and Laurelle was excellent throughout. The carefully curated themed programmes offered audiences a diverse mix of genres with each screening. We fully recommend Women of the Lens!

    January 2019
  • Deva Palmier

    Women Of The Lens Festival is such a friendly festival. I loved watching the other films in the screening that my film was in. The quality was high, but also the films were fascinating to watch. The organisers are very passionate about their festival and very organised too. They were so friendly and warm. I highly recommend this festival.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Deva, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest at the Festival. You were a great asset to the event as you shared your industry knowledge. We look forward to working with you again.

  • 5 Stars across the board, only managed to get down to one screening by the festival was so well organised, they had an amazing online presence and the selection of films was really well curated. Amazing job guys, can't wait for next year!

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Lucy.
    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.

  • Oyetayo Ojoade

    It was great. Very informative. Many questions were asked.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Oyetayo. We are planning for 2018's event to be equally so.