BFI Future Film hosts events every month for 15-25 year olds who love film and filmmaking. Their events programme focuses on different areas of film or the industry and help young filmmakers learn more about their craft. The annual BFI Future Film Festival takes place in February every year, with a packed line up of workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities, screenings and Q&As at BFI Southbank. Visit bfi.org.uk/futurefilm for more information.
Spotlight connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions. Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. Find out more at: spotlight.com
“The Best Director award at Underwire recognises excellence in directing short films. As well as a year’s free membership to Directors UK, the winner of this award is also offered a mentoring lunch with an experienced Directors UK member to help the winner with the next stage in her career.”
Directors UK is the professional association for film and TV directors working in the UK. With over 6,000 members (which represents the vast majority of screen directors in the UK) they work to ensure that the importance and centrality of directors is recognised, and to give directors a powerful and united voice at the centre of the industry. Their work includes: protecting and enhancing directors’ creative rights; negotiating and managing the payments due to directors for secondary use of their works; and campaigning to improve the diversity of the directing community and access to better training and professional development for directors at every stage in their career. You can find out more at directors.uk.com.
“Underwire’s goal, to support female filmmaking talent, is something Euroscript respects and believes is a point of urgency for the industry. By acknowledging and rewarding female screenwriting talent in short film, UnderWire is accomplishing a rare and important mission – discovering unheard voices, and amplifying them.”
Euroscript was the first screenwriting organisation in the world, and offers the best screenwriting training, feedback and networking services to our community of writers at all stages of their careers. Find out more at euroscript.co.uk.
“I remember the sinking feeling of walking onto set and seeing no other women. It’s not shock news to any of us that that women are underrepresented on both sides of the camera. Feral Equipment is a company by and for people who work on set, and we know that this gender disparity is unacceptable, on and off set. It is vital that women are given access to the means of production; to have complete autonomy to create our our work and our own spaces. We whole-heartedly support Underwire’s amazing work for women in film. This is our way of saying a huge THANK YOU to you, so thank you, Underwire!”
Feral Equipment is a North West London camera, grip and sound rental house, run by people who work on set, for people who work on set. Born out of the idea that film is about storytelling and not about format or budget, we pride ourselves on putting out top-quality, keenly-priced kit & supporting filmmakers every step of the way, from low budget shorts to promos, commercials & features. Visit feralequipment.com.
“We are really proud again to be sponsoring the cinematography prize at this year’s Underwire Festival. For us it’s a chance to celebrate the magic that happens when women get behind a camera. Our sponsorship consists of £2,000 (list price) worth of our energy efficient lights for the winning DP to use on their next project.”
Greenkit is a London based lighting equipment hire company specialising in innovative and energy efficient film lights. They help DPs, Producers and Gaffers make the films they want to make, sustainably, with the best lights around. Greenkit carries a broad range of stands, accessories and even a biodegradable poly, everything you need to give your next project the green light! Get in touch by email or visit greenkit.london.
“The MU is delighted to sponsor the Best Composer Award this year. It is so important to recognise and celebrate the hard work and creativity that sound and music contributes to filmmaking and we are aware that women are underrepresented in this sector of the business.”
The MU looks after the interests of over 30,000 professional musicians, songwriters and composers working in all sectors of the music business. It provides a comprehensive range of services to members including legal advice, contract vetting, unpaid fee recovery and careers guidance. The MU has a dedicated Recording and Broadcasting Department which negotiates agreements with a large number of broadcasters, film producers and record companies. The department works on behalf of musicians and composers, helping members navigate an often complex industry. Contact the team for any advice on session work, fees and copyright (including media compositions and the synchronisation of existing recordings into film) firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit theMU.org.
“We are so excited to be presenting the Underwire XX award that recognises female protagonists. We are constantly on the search for bold, female centred narratives, and the filmmakers who are creating them. The winner of this award will be showcased as a Postroom Pick that celebrates the best work submitted to our website, as well as an opportunity to meet and have career development chat with a member of the NET.WORK team.”
Sound Disposition provides top quality sound post production for feature films, television, shorts and corporate films. They can look after all your needs from pre-production through to post-production, or offer bespoke services tailored to your needs. Founded in 2008, they have put together top tier talent, who have made soundscapes for award winning films, shorts and corporate videos. Visit sounddisposition.com.
Molinaire Hoxton is a busy post production and training facility, with over 20 years experience, in London’s vibrant creative hub. Find out more at molinaire.co.uk
Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Members of the organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative media industry. WFTV UK hosts a variety of events throughout the year, present a glamorous awards ceremony every December, and run a mentoring programme for women in the industry. They also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests. Visit www.wftv.org.uk.
Farley Prop Hire are specialists in original antique prop hire for film, TV and events. Find out more: farley.co.uk
Blue Zoo is a multi-BAFTA winning character animation production studio based in London, UK. Find out more: blue-zoo.co.uk