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BAFTA Names 15 Female Directors Selected for Elevate 2017 Program

The 2017 BAFTA Elevate Participants: BAFTA’s Twitter account

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the participants of its annual Elevate program. As this year’s initiative addresses the gender gap among directors in the entertainment industry, BAFTA selected 15 female film directors for the program. BAFTA Elevate 2017 “will support the participants to progress in high-end television and feature films,” a press release details. BAFTA hosted a reception honoring the women on May 17.

This year’s focus on female directors is credited to “Africa United” director Debs Paterson, who wanted “an opportunity to highlight the number of experienced female directors ready to work, and to build a peer-to-peer community based on support and shared knowledge.”

Over one year, Elevate will provide the directors “tailored panel discussions, masterclasses, and workshops that will build peer support relationships, address cutting edge technical advances, and promote the directors to the wider industry.”

Among the Elevate 2017 selectees are television director Christiana Ebohon-Green (“EastEnders,” “Doctors”), “Honeytrap” helmer Rebecca Johnson, “My Brother the Devil” filmmaker Sally El Hosaini, “I Am Nasrine” helmer and Hetv Director Program participant Tina Gharavi, and “Call the Midwife” director Lisa Clarke.

“We are thrilled to be supporting our incredible 15 selected participants across the next 12 months,” BAFTA Film Programme Manager Mariayah Kaderbhai commented. “Through BAFTA Elevate, we hope to provide these talented individuals with the platform they need to reach the next stage of their careers by helping them build relationships and allow them to benefit from BAFTA’s network of industry experts.”

In April news broke that BAFTA had accidentally Cc’d all of the directors who were not selected for Elevate 2017. The snafu gave the 225 unaccepted women a chance to comfort one another, network, and organize. They eventually launched #BAFTAsLucky225, which reached number nine on Twitter’s trending topics list. As fate would have it, BAFTA managed to elevate all of its applicants — not just those selected for its official program.

Below is a full list of the Elevate 2017 participants, courtesy of BAFTA.

Alicia DuffyAmanda BlueCathy BradyChristiana Ebohon-GreenDawn ShadforthDelyth ThomasEmma SullivanKate SaxonLindy HeymannLisa ClarkeRebecca JohnsonSally El HosainiSarah WalkerTina GharaviVanessa Caswill

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UK female filmmakers band together for #BAFTAsLucky225

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An email mishap has spawned an online group dedicated to supporting women in film.

A group of UK female filmmakers have set up a Facebook group to support women in the industry following an email admin error involving a Bafta initiative.

The Twitter hashtag #BAFTAsLucky225 has already spawned almost 400 posts that have reached 220,156 people since it was instigated at 2pm today (April 4), according to a Twitter analytics tool.

Diane Jessie Miller, director of the Rik Mayall-starring drama One By One, kicked off the social media discussion:

Some days we get good news, some days we get bad news... and some days bad news turns to good news... #BAFTAsLUCKY225

Diane Jessie Miller (@DianeJMiller) April 4, 2017

Kat Wood, writer-director of the Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring short Home, added her two cents:

Never has rejection come with such a silver lining #baftaslucky225

Kat Wood (@katruthwood) April 4, 2017

As did Eva Sigurdardottir, a line producer on Rams:

Proud to be one of the
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Johnny Kenton, Debs Paterson Receive Pia Pressure Awards

London — Filmmaker Pia Getty has bestowed the first Pia Pressure Awards to directors and writers Johnny Kenton and Debs Paterson. The awards are an initiative of Getty’s film and television production company Pia Pressure, which launched last year.

The Pia Pressure Awards offer funding and support to filmmakers, who receive up to £25,000 ($35,600) to help fund their projects as well as guidance. Winners will be expected to give their time to help new filmmakers in the Pia Pressure network. Kenton and Paterson will be part of the team that leads the selection and development panels for the next round of award winners.

Kenton started out as a musician, which led to him making experimental films and music videos for many bands on labels including Xl Recordings, Columbia and Universal. He also cut his teeth directing theater and interactive and immersive experiences, making works for The Underbelly, The Vaults and National Theatre Studio.
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Kenneth Branagh named Film London’s Shakespeare on Screen patron

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New film productions to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare; The Hungry named Film London’s first UK-India co-production.

Film London has named Sir Kenneth Branagh as its patron for Shakespeare on Screen, a year-long programme that will form part of the celebrations marking the 400 years since the death of the revered playwright.

As well as supporting Film London’s work, Branagh is also set to participate in next year’s activity, with details set to be revealed next year.

Shakespeare on Screen will include a series of new productions celebrating the Bard’s legacy. These will include a feature film, two shorts from all-female filmmaking teams, three artists’ animations and a BBC Arena documentary examining Shakespeare’s screen legacy.

Some of these productions will be screened nationally as well as forming part of the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives programme, which will see a range of content toured internationally in partnership with the BFI.

Branagh, whose
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DVD/VOD Review - 'Africa United' Is Likable, Although A Bit Heavy-Handed

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A children’s (or family) film with a largely African cast is rare. African children being depicted as anything other than victims of brutal, famine and poverty stricken environments they’ve been born into are almost non existent. So seeing an Africa United poster splashed on the side of a London double-decker bus was very refreshing to see. And while I was cynical about an English director making a film set in Africa and starring African children, it would seem that director Debs Gardner-Paterson (who qualifies for dual British/Rwandan citizenship) did go to great pains to show an Africa that’s more than the limited vision of the continent usually depicted in Western...
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Can you make any kind of living as an artist?

With the exception of household names, most people in the creative arts need a day job to make ends meet. But should artists have to work or should they be supported by the state?

Jennie Rooney is the first to admit she has something of a split personality. By day, she is an in-house lawyer for a television company. By night, she is something different altogether: a novelist.

Typically, she will cycle into the office in central London, where she spends much of her day "drawing up contracts involving production companies buying formats such as The X Factor". At 5.30pm, Rooney returns home, eats an early supper and then sits down at her laptop for four hours to write, immersing herself in the world of cold war espionage that provides the backdrop for her third book.

Rooney would like her life to be different. She'd like to be a full-time novelist and,
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The It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd to Host The Moët British Independent Film Awards

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The It Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd has been confirmed as host of The Moët British Independent Film Awards, taking place on Sunday 4 December at Old Billingsgate.

This will be the comedian’s first time presenting the ceremony which will cover 18 categories including the Best British Independent Film, sponsored by Moët & Chandon.

Competing for such a prestigious trophy on the night will be Senna, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tyrannosaur and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

O’Dowd commented: “I am delighted to be the new host of the Moët British Independent Awards this year and I'm really looking forward to the 4 December. It's a ceremony which cherishes innovation, elegance and class so I’m humbled that they've chosen a host who so clearly lacks any of these things. Expect dancing girls.”

Also announced today was this year’s jury panel, with 2000’s Bifa Producer of the Year winner,
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Four British Independent Film Award Acting Nods

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy As expected, Steve McQueen's Shame, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin are three of the top contenders for the Raindance Institute's 2011 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa), the British version of the United States' Spirit Awards (West Coast) and Gotham Awards (East Coast) — apart from the fact that British films are almost invariably modestly budget and independently made. [Full list of 2011 British Independent Film Awards nominations.] With seven nods each — including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor — Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and actor-turned-filmmaker Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur topped the list of nominees. We Need to Talk About Kevin and Ben Wheatley's Kill List each received six nods; Richard Ayoade's Submarine got five. Both Ramsay and Wheatley are also up for Best Director; Asif Kapadia's documentary Senna replaced Kill List on the list of Best British Independent Film nominees.
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BAFTA Names First Annual Brits To Watch

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BAFTA Names First Annual Brits To Watch
London, Friday 1 July 2011: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is delighted to announce the names of the 42 Brits to Watch who will be the focus of the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch. The event will take place on Saturday 9 July at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. BAFTA’s President, Hrh The Duke of Cambridge, and Hrh The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the event as part of their visit to California, helping highlight the incredible depth and range of great British talent currently emerging in film, television and video games. The 42 Brits have been selected by a BAFTA panel based on a number of criteria. They will generally not be complete beginners in their industry, and will have already begun to show real promise. They are: Rory Aitken, Producer James Bobin, Writer/Director Jessica Brown Findlay, Actress David Buckley, Composer Jamie Bull, Editor Sam Care,
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William & Kate: Who Is on Their L.A. Guest List?

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William & Kate: Who Is on Their L.A. Guest List?
When Prince William and Duchess Catherine touch down in the States next week, they'll be getting the Hollywood treatment - along with 42 other up-and-coming British stars. On their California itinerary for July 9, the royal couple are set to attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Brits to Watch" event, which Nigel Lythgoe is helping to organize. The event will "highlight the incredible depth and range of great British talent currently emerging in film, television and video games," according to a BAFTA release on Friday, providing the guest list. Photos: Prince William & Kate Middleton Take Canada!So who made the cut?
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Pathe International

Pathe have Main Comp titles in Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place and Alain Cavalier's Pater on their product list, but the sale agent might find both titles a difficult sell until they are unveiled to the film critic mass. I'd bet that Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady with Meryl Steep is the most desired item on their inventory list. The Iron Lady by Phyllida Lloyd - Completed This Must Be The Place by Paolo Sorrentino - Completed Monsieur Papa by Kad Merad - Completed My Worst Nightmare by Anne Fontaine - Post-Production Pater by Alain Cavalier - Completed Switch by Frederic Schoendoerffer - Completed The Tuche Family (Les Tuche) by Olivier Baroux - Completed The Well-digger's Daughter (La Fille Du Puisatier) by Daniel Auteuil - Completed Titeuf, The Film (Titeuf, Le Film) by Zep - Completed Zarafa by Jean-Christophe Lie - Post-Production Africa United by
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From Britain With Love – Presented By The Film Society of Lincoln Center, UK Film Council & Emerging Pictures

Film Society of Lincoln Center, UK Film Council & Emerging Pictures presents From Britain With Love

June 11 . July 9

6 indie UK films will screen in 10 Us cities launching with Toast starring Helena Bonham Carter

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, UK Film Council and Emerging Pictures announced the details today for plans to showcase six recent independent films produced in the United Kingdom for a release in more than ten cities stateside from June 11 . July 9.

Curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and in partnership with Emerging Pictures – the largest all-digital specialty film and alternate content theatre network in the United States – the showcase will premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on June 11 as part of the opening celebration for its state-of-the art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Each of the films will be shown once at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and once downtown at the IFC Center.
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New York African Film Festival 2011 Review Of “Africa United”

Screening tonight at the New York African Film Festival; screened at the London Film Festival last fall; that review follows below….

A children’s (or family) film with a largely African cast is rare. African children being depicted as anything other than victims of brutal, famine and poverty stricken environments they’ve been born into are almost non existent. So seeing an Africa United poster splashed on the side of a London double-decker bus earlier in the week was very refreshing to see.

And while I was cynical about an English director making a film set in Africa and starring African children, it would seem that director Debs Gardner-Paterson (who qualifies for dual British/Rwandan citizenship) did go to great pains to show an Africa that’s more than the limited vision of the continent usually depicted in Western media. While we do have AIDS orphans, a former child soldier
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New York African Film Festival Begins Today With An Impressive Lineup! Have You Bought Your Tickets Yet?

The New York African Film Festival begins Today New Yorkers, and the 2011 lineup is an impressive one!

Of note, several films that have been touted on this website (old and new) are scheduled to screen at this year’s festival, including, Andrew Dosunmu’s feature film directorial debut and Sundance 2011 entry, Restless City, in what I believe will be the film’s New York city premiere! I saw the film in January, and found it enchanting. You can read my full review of it Here.

Also, Congolese filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s explosive Viva Riva!, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, and swept the African Movie Academy Awards; a film that’s being referred to as “Congolese Avant-Garde.” I saw it a couple of weeks ago, and dug it! Read me review Here.

New Yorkers will also get to see Besouro (a Shadow And Act Film
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New York African Film Festival Begins Tomorrow! “Restless City,” “Viva Riva,” Focus Features Africa First Shorts + More!

The New York African Film Festival begins tomorrow New Yorkers, and the 2011 lineup is an impressive one!

Of note, several films that have been touted on this website (old and new) are scheduled to screen at this year’s festival, including, Andrew Dosunmu’s feature film directorial debut and Sundance 2011 entry, Restless City, in what I believe will be the film’s New York city premiere! I saw the film in January, and found it enchanting. You can read my full review of it Here.

Also, Congolese filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s explosive Viva Riva!, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, and swept the African Movie Academy Awards; a film that’s being referred to as “Congolese Avant-Garde.” I saw it a couple of weeks ago, and dug it! Read me review Here.

New Yorkers will also get to see Besouro (a Shadow And Act Film
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Africa United DVD Review – supporting Comic Relief

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If you’re in the UK you may have seen this DVD on the shelf of your local store over the last week or so but I’ve held off on this review until now for reasons that will hopefully become obvious further down.

Africa United came out last year and our original HeyUGuys review by Lisa Giles-Keddie said “it’s refreshing to watch a film that champions the power of positive thought, fuelling the story from beginning to end. It is a vibrant and positively charming journey that captures the true, fighting spirit of Africa, it is an amazing movie.”. I’m certainly not going to disagree with Lisa as I love the film with its colourful characters and places plus the inspiring story but also because of the fact that it’s a film that’s not afraid to look at the uncomfortable issues that exist in the
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New York African Film Festival Announces 2011 Lineup (“Restless City,” “Viva Riva” Make The Cut)

The New York African Film Festival has announced its 2011 lineup, and it’s an impressive one! I’m excited, and hopefully you will be too, especially if you live in New York.

Of note, several films that have been touted on this website (old and new) are scheduled to screen at this year’s festival, including, Andrew Dosunmu’s feature film directorial debut and Sundance 2011 entry, Restless City, in what I believe will be the film’s New York city premiere! I saw the film at Sundance in January, and found it enchanting. You can read my full review of it Here.

Also, Congolese filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Viva Riva!, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, and Fespaco last month, where it won some awards; a film that’s being referred to as “Congolese Avant-Garde.” I haven’t seen it, but I’m really looking forward to doing so.
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Mark Kermode's DVDs round-up

Paranormal Activity 2; Easy A; Africa United; Due Date; Travellers

Oren Peli's (surprisingly un)original frightener Paranormal Activity was made for a reported $15,000 and scared hundreds of millions of dollars out of audiences who had presumably never seen The Blair Witch Project. Tod Williams's fatuous prequel, Paranormal Activity 2 (2010, Sony, 15), cost nearly 200 times as much and will surely bore the pants off even the most wide-eyed horror dilettante with its dreary, repetitive rehashing of an already derivative formula. Following an apparent burglary, a young family (including the diehard hackneyed horror triumvirate of teenage daughter, baby and dog) have their house fitted with security cameras which promptly start recording things going bump in the night. Or not.

Long periods of unbelievable boredom ensue, interspersed with sudden, loud, banging noises and the sight of kitchenware moving in a mysterious way, a tedious trope which repeats ad infinitum. Whereas Peli managed
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Nyadff 2010, 2 1/2 Weeks Of Black Cinema In NYC – #1, “Africa United”

The New York African Diaspora Film Festival begins in about 2 1/2 weeks – November 26th – and will run for about 2 1/2 weeks, through December 14th.

Starting today, I’ll profile at least 1 film screening at the upcoming festival, until it actually begins.

The opening night film is one that we’ve mentioned previously on this blog. As a matter of fact, it recently screened at the London Film Festival where our own MsWOO saw it, and reviewed it for Shadow And Act (read her critique Here). The film is titled Africa United, and its story goes… Africa United tells the story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sack load of ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), they set off in pursuit of an unlikely dream, attracting followers along the way, who help them negotiate through a series of glorious,
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The King's Speech rings out in Bifa awards nominations

Colin Firth shortlisted for best actor prize as George VI drama picks up eight nominations for British Independent Film awards

Oscar-tipped period drama The King's Speech is the early frontrunner in the British Independent Film awards after securing eight nominations.

Tom Hooper's film, which stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, tells how the monarch overcame a stammer after unexpectedly becoming king in 1936 following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.

Firth picked up a best actor nod, while Rush, Guy Pearce and another co-star, Helena Bonham Carter, received best supporting actor and actress nominations. The film also won nominations in the best film, best director and best screenplay categories.

Other early leaders at the awards, which try to identify the best in British independent film-making, were the London film festival opener, Never Let Me Go, which garnered five nominations,
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