And it's all about girl power.
Words by Rebecca Fearn
Our favourite female-led dating app, Bumble has announced a new initiative that aims to support women filmmakers and directly redress the gender imbalance in the film industry (the lack of diversity and gender pay gap are prominent in TV and film).
The Female Film Force features five all-female filmmaking teams who have each been granted £20,000 to create a short film. Proudly championing a range of diverse, brave and confident women, each team consists of aspiring writers, directors and producers. The five teams were picked from a group of ten who were originally shortlisted by judges who included actor Fiona Gillies and DJ Edith Bowman.
‘The Female Film Force is an empowering initiative that set out to shine a light on the imbalance in the film industry and provide women across the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to tell the stories they are itching to tell’, notes Louise Troen, VP International Marketing & Communications at Bumble.
‘The programme seeks to encourage women to have the confidence to take the plunge, take risks and believe in themselves’.
The winning pitches include a documentary that explores Japan’s Ama divers (the ‘women of the sea’) and a fiction piece, which sees a heroic matriarch attempt to escape a government-decreed death sentence before her eightieth birthday arrives.
All five films will be delivered in January 2019.