Underwire Film Festival: celebrating shorts by women

Shoot from the Hip: Female Cinematographers in the UK

Shoot from the Hip: Female Cinematographers in the UK

We’re partnering up with Lighthouse, Women in Film & Television and Birds Eye View to bring you a panel discussion and networking event especially for cinematographers. ‘Shoot from the Hip: Female Cinematographers in the UK’ will take place on Wednesday 9th April at Lighthouse in Brighton from 19:00. At Underwire...
Submissions are open for Underwire 2014!

Submissions are open for Underwire 2014!

Underwire are on the hunt for new shorts! Submissions for Underwire 2014 are now open. The festival is looking for short films made by female filmmakers across the crafts in the UK for the fifth edition of the festival. Underwire showcases work by directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers,...
We want your feedback!

We want your feedback!

That’s right, we want to hear from you! We want to know what you think about Underwire, what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong and how you’d like to see us grow in the future. Please take this two minute survey to help us improve the festival for you!...
Winner: Under 25 Award 2013

Winner: Under 25 Award 2013

Ceara McEvoy for production design on ‘Bear Trap’ When the endearing, quirky Alice meets the shy Ayden, they spend an enchanting night together, but this eccentric love story has a very dark twist in its tail. Our Best Under-25 will receive a BFI membership, free tickets to the Future Film Festival...
Winner: Actor Award 2013

Winner: Actor Award 2013

Shannon Tarbet for ‘Woodland’ Woodland explores a recovery after trauma. A teenage girl relives and then creates a fantasy around a terrible memory in an attempt to reconcile her past. She uses the woodland, a place in which she feels safe, to travel through these different emotional states. Our Best...
Winner: XX Award 2013

Winner: XX Award 2013

Cathy Brady for ‘Morning’ A distraught  woman doesnʼt want to be disturbed, but the front doorbell keeps ringing and the caller wonʼt leave until she answers. Our XX Award winner will receive a one to one consultation with The Film Festival Doctor with advice on how to design an effective and bespoke...
Winner: Sound Designer Award 2013

Winner: Sound Designer Award 2013

Ting Li Lim for ‘Robomax’ Josef, an inventor has been working on his robot – designed for hostage situations – Robomax, for a long time but not yet perfected him for sale. The prospective buyer, a Russian billionaire, is losing patience and gives him a last chance to sort it...
Winner: Composer Award 2013

Winner: Composer Award 2013

Fraya Thomsen for ‘Stay the Same’ Recorded every day for a year at exactly the same place and same time, this experimental film-poem documents the desire to clutch and hold each moment. Our Best Composer will be introduced to Imagem‘s Synchronisation Manager for Film, and together they will arrange a series...
Winner: Editor Award 2013

Winner: Editor Award 2013

Angela Feeney for ‘Spine’ Spine casts a fresh perspective on what it means to come-of-age and be a man, in modern-day England, whilst eloquently touching on the brutality of cage fighting, the taut nature of familial betrayal and the loaded notion of machismo. Our Best Editor will receive £500 of...
Winner: Cinematographer Award 2013

Winner: Cinematographer Award 2013

Chloe Thoms0n for ‘Jonah’. Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot, but when the reality is far from his dreams he sets out to destroy the town – or himself. Our Best Cinematographer will be invited to...
Winner: Writer Award 2013

Winner: Writer Award 2013

Moira Buffini for ‘Father’ Father is about family, desperation and loss of innocence. Donal, a fallen priest, is on  the run and out of options when he finds himself at the door of an old flame – and face to face with her daughter, Veronica. Just when the two realise...
Winner: Producer Award 2013

Winner: Producer Award 2013

Emily Blickem for ‘Grace’ Nine-year-old Grace, lives a latch-key life. Running the bleakest of errands for her drug addicted Dad. She seeks solace in a fantasy existence of sequinned leotards, arabesques and audience applause, as she skates her way through the local housing estate to score from her Dad’s favourite...
Winner: Director Award 2013

Winner: Director Award 2013

Prano Bailey-Bond for ‘The Trip’ This short film tells the true story of Hung, a Vietnamese teenage boy trafficked abroad on the promise of a job and a new life. Upon arrival in the UK Hung is forced to work in a cannabis factory. A prisoner in a new world,...
Underwire 2013 Trailer

Underwire 2013 Trailer

We’re super excited to be able to share the trailer for this year’s festival with you. Thank you to Emily Diana Ruth for her work on the trailer, she’s a talented filmmaker herself. Check out her YouTube channel here.   Have we got you excited for the festival? Check out...
Winner: u-25 Outstanding Talent Award 2012

Winner: u-25 Outstanding Talent Award 2012

Director Lucy Luscombe for ‘Candy Girl’ A surreal coming-of-age vignette in which a young girl on the cusp of adulthood begins to experience the world differently. Told from the perspective of a young gymnast in competition, we’re unsure of what’s reality and what might be her anxieties manifesting in the...
Winner: Cinematographer Award 2012

Winner: Cinematographer Award 2012

Taina Galis for ‘A Cullin Rising’ In a shadowy caravan on a Scottish Island, teenage lovers, Sorley and Maggie spend time awkwardly, stalked by the haunting presence of Sorley’s father. Taina will is invited to a networking Dinner with Sara Putt Associates where she will be able to network with 15-20 industry...
Winner: XX Award 2012

Winner: XX Award 2012

Emma Dove for ‘On Another Note’ Sarah Kenchington has always been musical, but could never access music in a conventional way… From her collection of acquired junk, she creates an array of bizarre yet magnificent musical instruments that both perplex and fascinate in equal measure. To see the full XX...
Winner: Editor Award 2012

Winner: Editor Award 2012

Prano Bailey-Bond for ‘Unravel’ Unravel follows the Western worlds least wanted clothes, on a journey across Northern India, from sea to industrial interior. Our Best Editor will receive £500 of suite time and/or training from VET.   To see the full Editor Programme, In the Cut, head here.  
Winner: Composer Award 2012

Winner: Composer Award 2012

Susan Stenger for ‘Glitter and Storm’ Water, sunlight, breathing and skin – this sensory documentary is a submersion into the joy of sea swimming by night and by day. Susan will be introduced to Imagem‘s Synchronisation Manager for Film, and together they will arrange a series of meetings with a top...
Winner: Producer Award 2012

Winner: Producer Award 2012

Rebecca Watkin for ‘Fifty’. ‘Fifty’ is a gritty depiction of life in inner city Birmingham and the way in which events can spiral out of control through situation and bad luck. Rebecca will have a 1-2-1 posh nosh lunch arranged for them by Women in Film and Television with a top industry...
Winner: Actor Award 2012

Winner: Actor Award 2012

Isla Ure for ‘Passengers’ Two people get on the same packed bus everyday…yet find themselves totally alone. Both long to fill the void they have suffered but how easy is it to connect with another human after so long in solitude.   Isla will receive a new headshot portfolio shot...
Winner: Sound Designer Award 2012

Winner: Sound Designer Award 2012

Claudia Casasola & Victoria Prentice for ‘Storm House’ Living in complete isolation, a young couple have allowed their lives to become totally governed by their physical needs and urges. Everything they feel is expressed physically, rather than through talking, and no emotion is left repressed. Claudia and Victoria will receive...
Winner: Scriptwriting Award 2012

Winner: Scriptwriting Award 2012

Francesca Fowler for ‘Pitfall’ Travelling home, Alice goes out of her way to help a stranger in need, but things are not always as they seem. Rebecca will have a 1-2-1 posh nosh lunch arranged for them by Women in Film and Television with a top industry producer.   To see the...
WINNER: Directing Award 2012

WINNER: Directing Award 2012

Julia Pott for ‘Belly’ Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach. Julia will receive a membership to Directors UK as well as a 1-2-1 mentoring...
WINNER: Cinematography Award 2011

WINNER: Cinematography Award 2011

          Annika Summerson for ‘House’ From the crevices of a decrepit house, the disjointed bodies of elegant dolls come to life, watched over by a sinister girl. Annika wins 5 rolls of 16mm film stock from Kodak for her next project, a super-sexy bespoke Tatty Devine...
WINNER: XX Award 2011

WINNER: XX Award 2011

            Goes to Leanne Welham for ‘Nocturn’ Jody has insomnia. Almost every night she leaves her sleeping husband and young child and walks the lonely streets of suburbia. But one night, she decides to mix things up. Leanne wins a super-sexy bespoke Tatty Devine necklace,...
WINNER: Editing Award 2011

WINNER: Editing Award 2011

          Best Editor goes to Ling Lee for ‘Himalayan Sisters’ Young women from Nepal go to Pokhara for training to be treking guides. Through interviews and glimpses into their everyday lives, this film is an intimate portrait of everyday Nepal. Ling wins £500 worth of training...
WINNER: Screenwriting Award 2011

WINNER: Screenwriting Award 2011

                  Hope Dickson Leach for ‘Morning Echo’ Today it’s Christmas everywhere except the Moffatt house. Hope wins a years worth of evening and weekend courses with Euroscript, a super-sexy bespoke Tatty Devine necklace, and a years membership of Women in Film and...
WINNER: Composer Award 2011

WINNER: Composer Award 2011

          Victoria Wijeratne for ‘First Bite’ Eve is a girl full of emotions, trapped by the world around her, longing to break free. Then she meets Jake and her world begins to open up around her, leading her down a seemingly dangerous path of self discover....
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Submissions are open for Underwire 2014!

Submissions are open for Underwire 2014!

Underwire are on the hunt for new shorts! Submissions for Underwire 2014 are now open. The festival is looking for short films made by female filmmakers across the crafts in the UK for the fifth edition of the festival. Underwire showcases work by directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, composers, actors and under-25s as...
2013 Winners Announced!

2013 Winners Announced!

A huge congratulations to all of the winning filmmakers from Underwire 2013. Best Director – Prano Bailey Bond The Trip Award Sponsored by Directors UK Best Producer – Emily Blickem Grace Award Sponsored by Women in Film and Television Best Writer – Moira Buffini Father Award Sponsored by Euroscript Best Cinematographer – Chloe Thomson Jonah...
Studio Magazine sponsors Opening Night of Underwire

Studio Magazine sponsors Opening Night of Underwire

This year’s we’re very excited to be welcoming STUDIO Magazine on board as our sponsor for Opening Night! We think you’ll agree that it’s a very natural partnership because we think everything STUDIO stands for is ace! Packed with witty editorial and Hollywood news, STUDIO is aimed at women between the ages of eighteen and...
A Longstanding Partnership: VET Post Production

A Longstanding Partnership: VET Post Production

Underwire Festival wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our sponsors and partners every year. VET Post Production have been on board since the very first year of Underwire and have continued to fulfil all of the festival’s post production needs as well sponsoring out Best Editor Award. Each year we send them all...
Festival Passes on sale!

Festival Passes on sale!

This year, due to popular demand, we have introduced festival passes for the 2013 edition of Underwire. These are wonderful things that give you access to all of the films in the festival, all of the industry events including panels, workshops and masterclasses and all of the networking drinks as well. What more could you...
Underwire 2013 Awards Sponsors

Underwire 2013 Awards Sponsors

With Underwire 2013 fast approaching, we want to take the chance to say a big thank you to all of our awards sponsors who have made it possible for this year’s festival to happen. Each year, our awards sponsors provide the winning filmmakers with amazing prizes focused on supporting and nurturing their talent. All of...
Underwire 2013 Sponsors Announcement

Underwire 2013 Sponsors Announcement

With Underwire 2013 fast approaching, we want to take the chance to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors who have made it possible for this year’s festival to happen. This year we’re welcoming a host of new sponsors who will be presenting drinks receptions at the festival. Our opening night party...

Euroscript Competition Winner Announced!

We’re very excited to be able to finally reveal the winner of the Underwire Euroscript 2013 Scriptwriting competition. We had so many amazing scripts and the team at Euroscript have been working their way through the shortlist over the past few weeks to get it down to one winning script. The winner is Catherine Wignall’s ‘Wings’....
Tickets on Sale for Underwire 2013

Tickets on Sale for Underwire 2013

Underwire 2013 is on the  horizon! We’ve announced our programme for this year which is jam packed with competition screenings, guest programmes, panels, workshops and parties. Put November 19th – 23rd in your diary as Underwire will be taking over the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. You can check out all those details here. For...
Shortlist for Script Competition Announced!

Shortlist for Script Competition Announced!

This year’s scriptwriting competition, in partnership with Euroscript, saw us receive floods of scripts from the talented female writers of the UK. Our reading team have been hard at work over the past month and now we’re ready to announce our shortlist. The shortlist is currently with Euroscript and we will announce our winner later...
UW Update from Sound Design Award Winner Vicky Prentice

UW Update from Sound Design Award Winner Vicky Prentice

We were very excited to receive a very happy bundle of news from Underwire 2012 Award Winner Vicky Prentice this week. Having your film ‘Storm House’ as one of the award winners of the festival in 2012, what did you take away from the experience of Underwire? Winning Best Sound Design at Underwire has been a fantastic...
We're In Harmony at Edinburgh Film Festival, 28th June

We’re In Harmony at Edinburgh Film Festival, 28th June

We’re heading up to the Edinburgh International Film Festival with UW Friends Imagem Creative Services to explore the dynamics, counterpoints and crescendos of the creative partnership between composers and directors in film in our session ‘In Harmony – Matching Music to Pictures‘. From how to access music regardless of the size of your budget, to...