Magazine article Screen International

Bafta Elevate Unveils 15 Female Directors

Magazine article Screen International

Bafta Elevate Unveils 15 Female Directors

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Participants revealed for year-long initiative.

Bafta has named the 15 female directors taking part in its inaugural career development programme for under-represented groups in film and TV.

Launched in February, Elevate will initially focus on helping women progress their directing careers in high-end television and film. According to 2016 data from Directors UK, only 13.6% of working directors between 2004 and 2014 were female.

The group of 15 was selected from 250 applicants, and reflect a range of experience levels and backgrounds.

Participants include My Brother the Devil director Sally El Hosaini, who co-directed Channel 4 and Sundance TV's Babylon; Wolfblood and Dates director Sarah Walker; Tina Gharavi, founder of media production company Bridge + Tunnel; and Vanessa Caswill, a lead director on BBC3's Thirteen.

Full list of Bafta Elevate directors:

* Alicia Duffy

* Amanda Blue

* Cathy Brady

* Christiana Ebohon-Green

* Dawn Shadforth

* Delyth Thomas

* Emma Sullivan

* Kate Saxon

* Lindy Heymann

* Lisa Clarke

* Rebecca Johnson

* Sally El Hosaini

* Sarah Walker

* Tina Gharavi

* Vanessa Caswill

The year-long initiative will include panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops, These will build peer support relationships, address new technical advances, and promote the directors to the wider industry. …

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