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Underwire Festival: Celebrating Female Talent in Filmmaking

by Becki Crossley

The UK’s largest film festival celebrating female talent both in front of and behind the camera is back for its eighth year. From Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th November 2017, you can catch an incredible line-up of shorts, feature films, panels and events at venues across the city.

Underwire was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell, with the aim of addressing the gender imbalance in the film industry and celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Since its debut, the festival has screened over 300 films and awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers. Their films often go on to be recognised at leading festivals and achieve multiple awards – including the 2016 BAFTA for Best Short Film!

2017’s festival will open with Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down, a collection of short films led by brave, angry and passionate women facing everything from menstrual stigma to a Donald Trump piñata. Over the course of five days, you can enjoy collections and feature films across all genres, from sci-fi and horror to period dramas and comedy, and addressing themes such as quarter-life crises, consent, war and motherhood.

The Underwire Awards party on the penultimate day of the festival celebrates the women behind the films. With the aim of nurturing female talent, prizes include mentoring, training and development opportunities with the festival’s award partners. Entry to this event is free but places are limited, so get there early to grab a drink and celebrate the talent you’ve seen on screen over the week.


Underwire Film screens 22nd to 26th November!
You can check out the programme of events and grab your tickets on the Underwire Festival website.

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