From 8–17 March 2011, Birds Eye View returns with our seventh annual celebration of women filmmakers. The Festival programme – announced by actress Rosamund Pike in London last night – is an electric and eclectic showcase of the most inspiring, enchanting and challenging work by women across the world. Opening on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Birds Eye View 2011 takes place at BFI Southbank, Southbank Centre, the ICA and other venues across London.
Announcing the programme launch, actress Rosamund Pike praised the “optimistic, inspiring and motivating” work of Birds Eye View, and spoke about the importance of ambition for women within the film industry. “If we really want to change the game, we have to set aside our notions that ambition and competitiveness are unseemly, and allay our indignation when confronted with it. We can convert sexism into competition. We compete healthily, show our feminine sides while being gloriously, attractively, sexily ambitious – can you see the way forward? I think I can…”
Chair of Birds Eye View and producer of Made in Dagenham, Elizabeth Karlsen also commented on Birds Eye View as a “signal for hope” in the film industry, providing an “incredibly positive, uplifting energy” for emerging and established women filmmakers.
Birds Eye View Director Rachel Millward described the 2011 programme as the strongest Birds Eye View has ever seen. Highlights from the Features programme include the London premiere of Susanne Bier’s Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated In A Better World alongside five phenomenal feature debuts, including Lena Dunham’s SXSW-winning Tiny Furniture. Documentaries include a special preview of Oscar nominee Lucy Walker’s Countdown to Zero. and Self Made, the feature debut from Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing.
Slashing through the programme is Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror, a vital rediscovery of women’s contribution to horror. Highlights include Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s seminal vampire flick Near Dark; and new shorts by film’s bloodiest women in association with Film4 FrightFest. BEV’s renowned Sound & Silents also follow this year’s Bloody Women theme, commissioning new live scores for pioneering gothic silent films, with Grammy Award winner Imogen Heap scoring Germaine Dulac’s The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928); Aristazabal Hawkes of Mercury and BRIT award nominees Guillemots for Sparrows (1928), starring Mary Pickford; plus Blue Roses, Micachu, Seaming, Tara Busch and Lola Perrin.
And for the first time in 2011, members of the The Nest can enjoy a VIP Festival experience with 2for1 tickets to screenings at BFI Southbank, members rate discounts at the ICA, as well as exclusive meet the filmmakers events and year-round benefits including preview screenings, events and discounts from our partners.
Have a look around our 2011 Festival pages for more information about what’s on offer!