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Screen partners on Underwire festival award

The fifth Underwire Festival, which showcases shorts made by female filmmakers, will run Nov 11-15 at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.

BFI: film diversity needs own conversation

EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Only 16.3% of European films directed by women

Less than 9% of admissions for European films went to features by female directors, according to a new report.

Peter Luisi

Swiss filmmakers in diversity call

Young Swiss filmmakers are calling for greater diversity in Swiss fiction production and the introduction of a new funding instrument to support up-and-coming directors.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset launches diversity fund

Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.

Alison Owen: international market hampering drama diversity

Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.

Tony Hall

BBC boss reveals diversity plans

Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.

A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles backs NFTS diversity drive

Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.

Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry to introduce NFTS Gala

Annual event to be held on June 18 on the topic of Great British Film, Television and Games Event - Striving for Diversity Nirvana.

Talking Drum Entertainment

Talking Drum enters film production

First film from the slate will be romantic drama Immoral Dilemma.


Diversify panel questions licence fee

The TV Collective founder Simone Pennant has questioned the validity of the licence fee at a Creative Week panel on the lack of diversity in the film and TV industries.

Cannes panel

Cannes hears female film quotas call

New European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) study reveals just 16.1% of films released in Europe over the last ten years were by women.

TalentLab 2014

B3 Media launches TalentLab

Creative development programme aimed at Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists and film-makers returns for fourth year.Traitor

Industry failing women directors

Directors UK (DUK) is challenging broadcasters and producers to ensure that 30% of all shows are directed by women by 2017, after a major study found significant inequality in key genres, from crime drama to panel shows.

Claire Denis

French study reveals gender pay chasm

First official study on female employment in the French film industry reveals growth in women directors, gender pay chasm.

Kate Gerova

BEV, British Council welcome int'l delegates

Birds Eye View (BEV) and the British Council have renewed and expanded their partnership on an International Delegates programme in April 2014.


Directors UK, BBC pilot women directors scheme

Organisations launch return-to-work training initiative for female TV directors.

12 Years a Slave

'Slave' wins three Screen Nation awards

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.


Lilting to open 28th LLGFF

Hong Khaou’s drama, starring Ben Whishaw, to open the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2014.

Bechdel comic

St Albans to give Bechdel award

UK festival to give special award to the best short film that passes the gender bias test.

Kate Gerova

Birds Eye View launches Filmonomics

Birds Eye View its launching its new training programme Filmonomics at this year’s LOCO London Comedy Film Festival on Jan 26.

Screen Nation to honour Felix Dexter

Posthumous award announced as nominations revealed for the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards.

Kathryn Bigelow

Female filmmaker levels in decline

Fewer women employed in film production than in 1998.

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey to probe diversity stats

Ed Vaizey, minister for UK Culture, Communications and Creative Industries is calling on senior figures in TV, film and arts to explain the lack of diversity in their industries at a ministerial roundtable next week.

UK film industry: All white at the top

The UK commercial film industry is painfully bereft of black, asian and ethnic minority executives. Why?


Steve McQueen: UK industry 'hugely behind' on diversity

12 Years a Slave director says British executives need to be held accountable for lack of diversity.

Destiny Ekaragha

Ekaragha to support Hackney youth film programme

Six-week course is part of BFI Film Academy.

Skills can redress diversity imbalance

Creative Skillset executive director Kate O’Connor has vowed the organisation will help to improve diversity across the creative industries following Broadcast and Screen International’s Diversify event last week.

Diversify: Hughes calls for 'radical revolution'

Historian Dr Bettany Hughes battled “extraordinary prejudice” when she first tried to enter the TV industry and believes there has to be “radical revolution” for women to achieve equality.

Diversify: Call for racial quotas

Television and film stars including Lenny Henry and Kwame Kwei-Armah have called for broadcasters to implement quotas to increase racial diversity on UK screens.


Diversify: BFI could introduce diversity obligations

BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts said at today’s Diversify conference that in the future the BFI might introduce diversity obligations for producers to receive their full amount of Lottery funding.

Aaqil Ahmed

Diversify: 'As an industry we should be ashamed'

At Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference today, Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor for religion at the BBC, has said the UK film and TV industries should be “ashamed” of the decline in BAME representation in the creative media industries.

Oona King

Diversify: What are the actions to move forward?

Experts at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference suggested a number of concrete ideas of how the UK film and TV industries can move forward.

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Diversify: To quota or not to quota?

The question of quotas for diversified talent in the UK film industry was a hot topic at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference today; experts’ views were decidedly mixed.


Diversity matters

25-Nov-2013 | By Andreas Wiseman

Key industry figures at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify event called for speedier change. By Andreas Wiseman


Justin Edgar

Diversify conference

Slideshow from Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference on Nov 13.