The inaugural Film Directing 4 Women Film Festival will kick off with a selection of award-winning shorts including Anya Camilleri’s award-winning Perfect, starring Stephen Moyer.

Aimed at helping women who are interested in developing the skills needed to become film directors, the FD4W Film Festival will take place at the London’s Lost Theatre and runs from Sept 9-12 featuring shorts from around the world as well as running training workshops and events.

Already confirmed for the festival are comedienne Alice Lowe and director Jacqueline Wright, who will host a comedy shorts showcase on the opening night, and directors Antonia Bird and Hazel Chandler will be taking part in a discussion about tough women following a screening of Bahareh Hosseini’s Afghan Girls Can Kick on the closing night.

There will also be the chance for women to pitch their film, TV or web idea to industry professionals at The Big Pitch on Sept 10. Each pitch will receive feedback and the chance to win a cash prize.

Workshops taking place during the festival include an analysis of movies ran by Oriel Rodriguez, editor-in-chief at the Cuban National Film School, and ‘Back To Basics’, focusing on camera, light and sound, ran by cinematographer Hannah Beadman.

For more information and to book classes, visit the FD4W website at