Women Of The Lens Film Festival Returns!
The premier platform for UK black women in film comes back in November 2020 with an online festival. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram: @womenofthelens
We’re using the hashtag: #firebrandwomen Stay close for news and updates.
Open Call For Submissions
Opening from 29th July to close on 30th September, we welcome productions of all genres. Filmmakers/productions, you can submit via Filmfreeway.
Be sure to read submission guidelines before your entry. We look forward to hearing from you.
News and Commentary
As the UK’s Black History Month looms (October), Cyndi Handson has a word for companies seeking to maybe action their ‘Black Lives Matter’ social media posts earlier this year.
Cyndi is a professional DJ and promoter and co-founder and director of Peckham Palms, London’s first Afro hair and beauty hub majority run by Black women.
Yeah, this content is still here. The comment from Karen Martins is still relevant.
Filmmaker Guy Ritchie collaborates with Creative Access to provide internships and training programmes specifically for so-called ‘BAME’ (we’ll get on to that terminology shortly) applicants as a number of organisations scrabble around trying to ‘fix’ their ‘diversity’ challenges. We’ve always maintained however, that what’s required are properly paid roles for existing indsutry talent. We’ve had training schemes before, so clearly no end upon end of ‘training initiatives’ really isn’t cutting it. One of our avid supporters summerises it best. Read Karen Martins’ heart-felt comments below.
‘BAME’ – Black And Minority Ethnic as a term to define black and brown people in the UK is contentious at best. The society-shaking events over the last six months have brought the term under further scrutiny as Basit Mahmood discusses in this Newsweek article.
Yay! DJ Clara Amfo joins the UK’s propular competition programme Strictly Come Dancing. The show will air later this year.
(coughs delicately) Speaking of Black History Month…
Otegha K. Uwagba’s eloquent response…
Film Reveiw (may contain spoilers) “…is it because I’m white? Are you assuming that me and this beautiful black woman wouldn’t be able to share a happy home?...” In provocative, accusatory tone, these lines are shouted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Frank‘ in Project...
Generational (dir. Alrick Riley) begins ITV’s Unsaid Stories in the UK broadcaster’s contribution to acknowledging the momentum of change that the Black Lives Matter protests and movement has brought to British shores via the USA.At 16-years-old, Justina (Yasmin Monet...
Sylvie Soulet Contributor Sylvie Soulet is a dual American/Canadian citizen living in Toronto, Ontario. She has published with the likes of Midnight and Indigo as well as The Spool. She is currently writing her first YA novel. www.sylviesoul.com T -...
Women Of The Lens
Women Of The Lens was created to reveal the complexity, diversity and multiplicities of black women and women of colour. We'll work with productions to change perceptions and practice.