Underwire Festival 2016 Preview

Underwire Festival 2016 Preview

Now in its seventh year, Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell with the aim to change the face of the industry from the inside out, the festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 40 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films. The festival recognises talent across Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, and Composing, and any short film that has a woman in one of those roles is eligible…

The 2016 edition runs from Wednesday 30 November to Sunday 4 December at venues across London, and is trailed by the Wired Women Weekender at 71A Gallery on Saturday 26 November and Sunday 27 November. This bespoke training programme will comprise panel discussions, presentations and practical workshops, promising industry insights from the people who really know what they’re talking about. Click here for more details.

Underwire has become a BAFTA recognised festival and boasts an extensive selection of thematic short film programmes: click here for a full list. For the first time, all the winning shorts will be screened as a double bill with filmmaker Q&As at BFI Southbank, on Sunday 4 December (Award Winners Session 1 / Award Winners Session 2).

The Internet was Made for Women at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 1 December takes a look at the small screen for an event focused on the landscape of webseries and the exceptionally talented young women behind them. Instead of embarking on the painstaking process of charming mainstream commissioners, these filmmakers determined to get straight on with making the shows they wanted to watch. Now with successful web series up and running, they’ll share how they did it, and how to get the money-people to come to you: book tickets here.

Also at Hackney Picturehouse, the following night will see Underwire partner with Athena Film Festival from across the pond, for a specially curated programme of outstanding short films that challenge the status quo and spotlight female leadership. Athena co-founder and artistic director Melissa Silverstein will host a lively free debate about women in film and then introduce the shorts (discussion details / screening tickets).

This year’s expanded features strand comprises a 10th anniversary 35mm screening of Andrea Arnold’s Red Road plus five impressive new debuts by women directors: Light Years (writer/director Esther May Campbell), The Levelling (writer/director Hope Dickson Leach), The Incident (director Jane Linfoot), My Feral Heart (director Jane Gull) and Seven Songs for a Long Life (director Amy Hardie). All the filmmakers will be present for post-screening Q&As: click through for dates and venues.

Birds Eye View are releasing The Incident in UK cinemas in conjunction with Verve Pictures, so we’d especially like to highlight the Sunday 4 December afternoon screening plus Jane Linfoot talk at the Barbican! Book your tickets here.

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