Got A Story To Tell? Bumble’s Female Film Force Competition Is Back

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Our favourite networking and mentorship app, Bumble Bizz has announced that The Female Film Force – the initiative that aims to support women filmmakers and directly redress the gender imbalance in the film industry – is back for a second year, after a hugely successful launch in 2018.

In case you weren’t aware of the stats, the lack of diversity in the TV and film industry is huge. To put it in perceptive, at the Oscars 2019, nearly ¾ of the winners were male (that’s 73%)! This year, the nominees for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes were all male. Not one of the films nominated in the Best Film category, at all three of these world-renowned awards ceremonies, was directed by a woman. The Female Film Force exists to even out the playing field.

“It is high time that we saw a fairer balance of gender and diversity within the film industry, both in front and behind the camera. I’ve worked with some incredible women during my career but very few female directors,” explains Actress & Executive Producer Archie Panjabi.

“We are definitely seeing a focused effort to better represent the diversity of the world on our screens, and slowly, we are starting to see more women in leadership roles in film too. I commend these efforts but we need to do more. That’s why initiatives like the Female Film Force are so valuable – because they are driving actual change.”


The Female Film Force features five all-female filmmaking teams who each are 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 are picked from a shortlisted group of ten by a team of judges, including Actress Phoebe Fox, Script Editor and Executive Producer of Red Nose Day Emma Freud, Actress & Executive Producer Archie Panjabi and Louise Troen, VP International Marketing & Communications, Bumble.


  • Match with the in-app card (Bumble Bizz)
  • You will be sent a message through the app
  • Click through to the Bumble presents… The Female Film Force application page
  • Fill out the short form – tell us about your idea and your team
  • Find out more information on how to enter here.

Applications for Round One will close on the 20th March. A shortlist will then be announced and our filmmakers will be asked to submit further materials to support their ideas.

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