ReAnimate yourself with BEV!

Just got some exciting news from the lovely people at Bird’s Eye View film festival, so I thought I’d share…

It’s great news to hear that BEV are teaming up with the mighty Warp to support bright female talent in the exciting field of animation and screen writing. Applications to enter the programme are now being taken (up until Friday 14th May 2010) and BEV will then “select up to 20 exceptional British women and equip them with the contacts and creative support they need to produce smart, commercial, animation ideas for the international marketplace.” Sounds like an opportunity not to be missed!

Learn more about the initiative and submit your application here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 16.04.2010 | Comments (0)
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Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is fast approaching (it’s on Monday, the 8th, in case you weren’t aware), which begs the question; What will you be doing to celebrate it? And when I say ‘Celebrate’, I don’t really mean party hats and bubbly booze (although this is also a very valid, and fun, way to mark the occassion!) but choosing a worthy event where you can reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Whilst many people will be marking IWD by donning their marching boots for the Million Women Rise March today, here is a little list of events going on on the day itself…

CRAWLEY – ASSERTIVENESS WORKSHOP
From 9.30am to 12.00 mid-day
You’ll learn to express yourself assertively when communicating with others. The skill of expressing opinions confidently and clearly, with respect for the other person, is essential. This event is free, but spaces are limited.
Venue: Kinnarps, Mack House, Gatwick Road, Crawley, RH10 9RJ

SLOUGH – 100TH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
From 10.30am to 2.00pm
Prominent women from Slough will be on a panel discussing why this year is so important to make sure you exercise your right to vote.
Venue: Thames Valley Community Centre The Green Chalvey , Slough, SL1 2SP

LONDON – ONE LAW FOR ALL PRESENTS: A SEMINAR ON SHARIA LAW
From 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Speakers including Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (British Muslims for Secular Democracy); Yassi Atasheen and Maryam Namazie (One Law for All); Clara Connolly and Yasmin Rahman (Women Against Fundamentalism);  Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters)  and Joan Smith (Writer and Activist) will come together to discuss opposition to Sharia Law within the UK legal system. Tickets cost £10 (or £3 for students/low income) and you will need to register here beforehand.
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (Closest Underground: Holborn)

LONDON – FUNNY WOMEN STAND UP
Doors: 7.30 p.m. for show 8.00 p.m.
Some of the best and most innovative female comedy acts (including Jan Ravens, Shazia Mirza and Bridget Christie) take to the stage in support of Funny Women’s annual charity gala, Funny Women Stand Up. There’ll be free cake too! The serious message alongside the laughs is about bringing attention to the issues surrounding violence against women. Tickets cost £25 (buy them here) with proceeds raised on the night donated to V-Day Tender, which is currently focusing on a campaign to stop the physical violence and brutality that women and girls are suffering as a by-product of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Venue: Leicester Square Theatre – main house, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX

The Birds Eye View Film Festival is still in full swing, so why not celebrate with one of their film screenings on the day?

Still not found something to do? Then head to the International Womens Day Website for more ideas!

(Vintage Women’s Liberation March image found here)

By: Sarah Barnes, 06.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Birds Eye View Tickets on sale today!

The brilliant Birds Eye View Film Festival is just around the corner, and with a delightfully long run (from March 4th til March 12th) celebrating women in film, there is plenty to get your teeth into. Here’s just a taster…

It all looks great, so I’d definitely advise you to snap up your ticket today… and with so much good stuff on offer, it’s wise to start planning your festival diary with the help of festival director Rachel Millward’s picks of the fest. I had a great time at the festival’s workshops last year (and hell, I’m not even an aspiring film maker! It was all research for my piece about the fest for Subtext Magazine) so I’m really looking forward to getting involved again this year!

By: Sarah Barnes, 10.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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Birds Eye View launches ‘She Writes’

Birds Eye View launches She Writes

This exciting little piece of news dropped into my inbox recently and I just had to share it! Birds Eye View do some great things for women in the film industry, and their new She Writes training programme (co-presented with The Script Factory) sounds like a wonderful opportunity for the lucky selected writers.

The eight writers chosen will attend training workshops, as well as masterclasses and Q&As with leading UK and international talent. They will also have the opportunity to network with film industry producers and commissioners and will see their own profiles raised through a focused industry PR campaign.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday the 29th of January, 2010. You can download the application form here.

For more information and analysis of women in the film industry check out the latest issue of Subtext, which has a Women in Film special. I contributed a piece on the Birds Eye View film festival to the issue, in which I interviewed Rachel Millward, CEO and creative director of BEV.

By: Sarah Barnes, 19.12.2009 | Comments (0)
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Issue 8 of Subtext Magazine Out Now!

Subtext IssuesTime to celebrate, because the Autumn/Winter 09 issue of Subtext Magazine is now available to buy! There it is in all its glory, top left, with a Reclaim The Night picture (courtesy of Hannah Nicklin) taking pride of place on the front cover.

The contents look good too; with pieces on the pornification of society, the ‘digital ceiling’, frugal feminism and a look into struggles between cissexuality and transgender women in feminism.

There’s also a Women in Film Special, to which I contributed a piece on the Birds Eye View film festival. It’s the first written contribution I’ve made for this wonderful publication (all my past contributions have been illustrations) and it was a really enjoyable piece to write, as I had the pleasure to speak to Rachel Millward, CEO and creative director of BEV.

Buy your copy here and show your support!

By: Sarah Barnes, 09.12.2009 | Comments (0)
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