Magazine article Screen International

NFTS Launches Trio of Initiatives to Support Women Directors

Magazine article Screen International

NFTS Launches Trio of Initiatives to Support Women Directors

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London's National Film and Television School (NFTS) is launching three initiatives to increase the number of women film directors working in the UK.

The announcement was made at last night's annual fund-raising gala, which highlighted top female achievers in the industry.

The three initiatives, set to be launched in 2017, are:

· A mentorship programme for each female student on the school's four MA Directing degrees.

· A directing workshop for women who are graduates of the NFTS or have at least three years professional experience in the arts, which is tuition free and includes access to NFTS facilities to work on short film or series projects, with the completed work screened to agents and producers. Participants will be required to raise £3,000 in support of their productions by the first day of the workshop.

· A paid internship for all participants of the workshop with a director, writer or producer.

The news following on-going discussion about the lack of female representation across the film industry.

Last month, a report from Directors UK revealed that only 13.6% of all films made in the UK between 2004 and 2014 were directed by women, while a separate report revealed that only 20% of all production personnel on UK films in 2015 were women. …

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