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’

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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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit Fol­low the school at https://www.face­book. com/NFTSFilmTV/ and h t t p s : / / t w i t t e r. c o m/ nftsfilmtv

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