Project aims to boost women in film
School’s annual gala hailed as a great opportunity to ‘celebrate the work of great British women who are blazing a trail’
They were announced at the NFTS’s annual fundraising gala, which took place at Old Billingsgate, London, where the theme was Great British Women.
The initiatives include a mentorship programme for all female students on the NFTS’s directing MAs, a conservatory directing workshop for women with three years or more professional experience in the arts or a graduate of the NFTS and a paid internship for participants of the directing workshop with a director, writer or producer.
The Gala committee is co-chaired by Barbara Broccoli, one of the entertainment industry’s most successful female producers and Tessa Ross, who has received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Cinema.
Barbara said: “I am fully Contribution to supportive of the efforts to increase diversity and excited by the initiatives to boost the number female filmmakers.
“There is more to be done by the industry itself in terms of women, especially in light of the recent research conducted by Raising Film.
“Women in film, especially those in positions of influence, need to now really focus on supporting working with families so we don’t find ourselves losing valuable, talented and enthusiastic members of our industry.” Tessa said: “The Gala is a great opportunity to applaud the work of the NFTS and its fantastic students, as well as celebrate the work of the great British women who are blazing a trail.
“I champion the efforts of the NFTS to ensure that there is a constant flow of great talent coming into these industries.”
Nik Powell, director of NFTS, said: “I am extremely grateful to of Barbara, Tessa and the committee for taking time out of their busy diaries to make this year’s Gala a success.
“The film, television and games industries would not be anything without the stellar contributions women like these are making every day.”
“We take our role as educators extremely seriously and are incredibly proud of our female graduates’ achievements but we know we need to do more to help them make their way in the industry.
“I am extremely pleased to announce our initiatives and the commitment to ensure our ambitions for the programme are realized.”
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