Women power in Film

Posted on March 18, 2011


By: Saravanan Sugumaran

The 2011 Birds Eye View Festival (BEV) commemorated the success of women filmmakers as part of its gala celebration on its seventh annual programme. The festival which coincided with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day paid tribute to a century of women filmmakers from Lois Weber to Lucy Walker.
“Bird’s Eye View was an amazing initiative and a great celebration of talent” said Juliet Stevenson, a BAFTA nominated film and television actor. Stevenson who is also a BEV presenter also said that the festival was a huge success and hopes it will usher in “a golden age of women’s cinema.”

The festival welcomed more than 10,000 audience members to over 70 events proved to be a huge success with an impressive showcase of 5 UK and 4 London premiers. The premiers such as “Grown up Movie Star”, “In a Better World” and “Soul Festival” amongst others show that the future for independent productions is indeed looking very bright.

Besides the unveiling of local short movie specials, the event also showcased various international debut features and also the much anticipated “Bloody Women” retrospective. “Bloody Women” which was aimed to examine women’s contribution to horror portrayed scenes from gothic origins to modern vampires. The festival which also highlighted the works of cutting-edge female musicians proved that the focus was not solely concentrated on television and film. This year’s highlighted musicians include Imogen Heap, Micachu, and Blue Roses amongst others.

Bird’s Eye View Founder, Rachel Millward said at the end of the ten day festival “I am delighted the Festival has been such a resounding success this year.” He too hoped that the overwhelming audience response is a clear indication of the talent of women filmmakers. “We hope this is a sign of a great future for women in film.”

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