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Cardiff Event Puts Female Filmmakers On The Map

BFI Cymru funded female film event lands at Tramshed next week-end.

SHIFFT Female Filmakers welcomes everyone to attend their event next week-end

Brand new Cardiff film networking event SHIFFT Female Filmmakers will host key speakers and welcome visitors, at Tramshed next weekend.

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SHIFFT Female Filmmakers is an event for everyone, which will take place Friday 25th – Saturday 26th November 2016. The affordable event costs £8.89 per day 6 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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Carys Lewis, Welsh actress based in Toronto, co=organiser of the event.

Carys Lewis, organising the event said “At the end of the day, film is collaborative. You can’t make a film by yourself. So, we’re definitely promoting female filmmakers and that’s what the event is about but it’s definitely for everyone.”

She is co-organising the event with Lisa Davies, herself a producer, who she met at an event.

Lisa Davies, co-organiser and producer.

Lisa Davies, co-organiser and producer.

The event’s goal is to provide a setting for women across all disciplines of TV and film to learn new skills and develop a network of people. There will be workshops including Your Guide To Post Production and Pitching Your Work, panels including the Women In Comedy Panel and coaching sessions, featuring keynote speakers from across the UK.

Speakers involved will include Current Doctor Who Post-Production Supervisor Samantha Price, The Library Suicides screenwriter Fflur Dafydd and award-winning film composer Alex Harwood, with more to be announced.

This event comes at a time when there is a blatant lack of women behind the camera, in the film & TV industry.

While Carys admits she is not certain why, she speculates “When the industry has been dominated by men, it may be intimidating [and can have] a knock down effect on the industry.”

She added “You don’t have job security, which could be a deterent… We’ve also gotta be more proactive in helping more women work in film.”

“We want to create a place where female filmmakers can come together.” The lunch on the Saturday is placed to help that aim.

“The Film industry in Wales is growing” Carys Lewis recognised, which is part of the reason behind the event being placed in Cardiff.

This event is also made possible thanks to BFI Cymru supplying funding for the event. Finance crucial when putting on any event makes it admirable that the SHIFFT team managed to place their ticket prices at an affordable level.

Ms Lewis says “It was really important to us that things were accessible.”

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This event is sure to provide many women in the film industry with the platform to go further in their careers. This, after acquiring new skills and widening their network, lowering the barriers to entry for them into the industry.

Tickets, including a ticket for both days, inclusive of lunch on the Saturday is £26.32 are available from the Tocyn Cymru website.