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A new film festival is set to offer women in the industry a dedicated space to develop professionally, followed by a public film festival where they will share the experiences and expertise of those attending a professional development lab.
Sea Change, which is being launched on the Isle of Tiree, will see Screen Argyll bring together experienced practitioners and industry experts to discuss challenges and barriers to women in the film industry.
The 2019 lab will focus on Finding Your Voice, Making Yourself Heard and Engaging New Audiences to help bring about change for women in the industry and female audiences for film.
Organisers said: ‘Participants will have a chance to share and develop ideas in a unique environment, and find solutions to the question, “How can we make change within our industry and reach new audiences?” Guest speakers for the lab will curate and share their experiences at the weekend to a wider audience.
Speakers on the Development Lab include: Corrina Antrobus – The Bechdel Test Fest and Picture House Cinemas; Jo Taylor – Reclaim The Frame; Rachel Hayward – HOME Manchester; Toki Allison – Inclusive Cinema; Jaqueline Wang – Modern Films; Holly Tarquini – F-Rated/Film Bath; and Shona Thomson – A Kind of Seeing.
While on Tiree participants will also be able to enjoy all the island has to offer including a daily swim with Tiree Polar Bears.
The week opens with a special guest, Sue Bourne, who will be in conversation with her film Fabulous Fashionistas, which celebrates older women, being screened.
There will be screening archive films from the National Library of Scotland, a selection of films from Early Women Filmmakers. Cuban Films which have been part of a brilliant programme celebrating women in Global Cinema, which has run at HOME in Manchester over the last year. There are family films and workshops and we celebrate the centenary of Margaret Tait and the life of the wonderful Agnes Varda.
The star of film Dirty God, Vicky Knight, will talk about her experience of making the film after the screening. Two programmes will be screened from the Women Over Fifty Film Festival this year, as well as some classic titles, finishing with the uplifting Wild Rose, written by Nicole Taylor and followed by live music from local musicians (including members of Trail West and Dun Mor).
For more information and festival passes, priced £45/30, visit screenargyll.co.uk/sea-change-the-festival