Birds Eye View Film is a charity established in 2002. This year, we celebrate our 15th anniversary.
Birds Eye View was initially set up as a film festival showcasing films by women from around the world to audiences at London’s BFI Southbank and at venues around the UK. The last festival occurred in 2014 and we are now recalibrating into an agency for change. Birds Eye View seeks to agitate, elevate and celebrate films by and about women to audiences. Birds Eye View also works to turn up the volume of the female voice within the industry through creative mentoring and leadership programmes, work in distribution and exhibition, and network building, with the influence of this network and our Board utilised to effect real change for women in film.
Birds Eye View is now run by Oscar-winning, twice BAFTA-nominated producer Mia Bays. She has been in film for 25 years, is a hugely experienced producer of documentaries and fiction (including SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN executive produced by David Bowie, and SIX SHOOTER by Martin McDonagh. She was creative producer on 8 features for Film London’s Microwave scheme 2007-14 (including LILTING, SHIFTY and ILL MANORS) and a former distributor and sales agent on films by Ang Lee, Shekhar Kapur and Gavin Hood to name a few.
Current board members include:
Alison Thompson, one of the world’s most respected international sales agents, who ran Focus Features International and Pathe International, and now runs Cornerstone Films;
Sarah Tierney, Founder and CEO of WeAreColony, a global film streaming platform with users in over 130 countries;
Judy Counihan producer of Oscar winning films such as BEFORE THE RAIN and hit TV (FRESH MEAT);
Lucy Barclay, Director at Target Media, a brilliant film media strategist at the UK’s no1 entertainments media agency
Stephen Follows, an award-winning writer and producer based in Ealing Studios who runs one of the most respected research data and statistics blog in the film industry.
Mia and the Board are now developing the 2017-2020 strategy, building on the legacy of the past and bringing up to the minute thinking and experience to enable a future facing organisation. Birds Eye View has major ambitions to effect change across the film value chain and are developing audience initiatives and industry programmes to build a future-facing organisation that can ensure we are cutting edge change-makers in the push for gender equality.