Magazine article Screen International

Campaign Launched to Support Parents in Film Industry

Magazine article Screen International

Campaign Launched to Support Parents in Film Industry

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Raising Films, a UK-based initiative that aims to provide advice to parents attempting to juggle family with a career in the film business, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to further its cause.

The indiegogo campaign is currently at 25% of its goal to raise £6,000, which it will use to hire a project manager to deliver its objectives.

These objectives include building an online "supportive community" of parents in the film industry and launching its first campaign, which will investigate the issue of childcare, as well as setting up training events at festivals around the world to help filmmakers understand how they can develop their career while raising a family.

The collective of women behind Raising Films includes Hope Dickson Leach, currently producing her first feature The Levelling through iFeatures; London-based screenwriter Line Langebek; producer Nicky Bentham (The Silent Storm); indie film producer Jessica Levick; author Sophie Mayer; and former UK Film Council senior development executive Natalie Wreyford.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Raising Films head Dickson Leach said the initiative aimed to address issues around "diversity and sustainability" facing women in the film industry.

"Parenthood seems to impact women in the film industry much more than men - mothers tend to leave the industry and not come back, the same is not true of fathers," said Leach.

Raising Films highlighted Creative Skillset statistics illustrating the challenges facing women who wish to have a career in film while also raising a family. …

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