London Feminist Film Festival returns!

This is call for submissions from the team behind the London Feminist Film Festival that premiered last December, becoming a big success. Ania blogged about last year’s edition and interviewed the Festival’s director.

The London Feminist Film Festival will return for another year and submissions opened today for feminist films from women filmmakers from around the world.

The London Feminist Film Festival (LFFF) was set up in 2012 as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues and the fact that the representation of women on screen is often narrow and stereotypical.

The first LFFF (29 November to 3 December 2012) was a great success, with nearly all sessions selling out before the festival. LFFF 2012 ran over four days and screened 16 films from around the world, including the UK premiere of Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution and our LFFF award-winners Ladies’ Turn and Kung Fu Grandma. Each screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers, feminist activists, academics, and arts critics, and chaired by Bidisha. You can take a look at the full last year’s programme.

The venue and dates for the 2nd LFFF will be announced shortly.

Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

• Women directors from any country may enter. In the case of multiple directors, all should be women.

• Films should deal with feminist issues and/or be feminist in their representation of women.

• Films can be of any length or genre, and from any year.

Festival director, Anna Read, said:

After the success of LFFF 2012, we are keen to continue the momentum with another festival of inspiring feminist films and engaging panel discussions. There is obviously a desire for such a festival in the UK and we are pleased to have had such a great response from filmmakers and audiences alike. LFFF is all about celebrating women creatives whilst extending this feminist ethos to the films we show. Our aim is to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience. We hope to make the 2nd LFFF even bigger and better than the 1st!

Please keep an eye on the Festival’s website.