WFTV is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK. That encompasses film, television, and the new media industries across all genres. We are also part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide.
What is WFTV (UK)?
What does WFTV do?
We promote the interests of women throughout our industry by lobbying government, conducting research, staging events, promoting screenings, arranging talks, masterclasses, networking parties and mentoring schemes, and – most famously – by celebrating the achievements of women at our ultra-glamorous Awards lunch every December.
It's the 21st Century! Do We Really Still Need an Organisation Like WFTV?
We wish it weren't so but unfortunately industry statistics and the experience of our membership proves that there is as much need as ever for an organisation that supports women in the creative media industries to ensure they have equal opportunities and that their talents do not go to waste. It's a sad fact that, in 2011, women made up only 19% of writers of British films released in the UK, and only 15% of directors. In other areas of the industry, such as camera departments, sound, and lighting, the figures are even bleaker. Women have come a long way and are achieving amazing things in the UK film, TV and digital media industries, but there's still a long way to go and that's why we're here to help.
What Type of Women Join WFTV?
Our members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including: producers, commissioning editors, interactive content creators, lawyers, writers, composers, directors, production managers, DPs, editors, researchers, actors and agents. The key criteria is that you must be a professional working in some capacity in the creative media industries anywhere in the UK to be eligible to join. Click the 'Join Now' button on the right to become a member.
How Much Does it Cost to Join?
If you're based in London, it's £100 + VAT a year, which works out at just £10 a month. If you're based anywhere else in the UK (outside the M25) it's £50 + VAT, which works out at just £5 a month. You can choose to pay your subscription annually or quarterly.
I'm a Student. Can I Join?
Unfortunately, we do not allow undergraduate students to join our organisation, but please do get back in touch when you have graduated and are working in the industry and in the mean time you can join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook!
If you are a post-graduate student, you are eligible to join WFTV but there is no specific student rate.
What Type of Events Do You Run?
A real mixed bag, we like to think we provide a little something for everyone. Regular series include: 2uesdays Networking in Soho (London) on the second Tuesday of the month; Meet the Commissioner round-table discussions for those working in factual and documentary-making; Comedy Breakfasts for those in comedy production and performance; quarterly Show Us Your Shorts screenings and discussion events for our short filmmakers; a hugely successful and inspiring Writers' Group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month; quarterly 'In Conversation With...' events in association with Soho House which brings some of the industry's top female talent in front of our members, and a 'Honing Your Freelance Skills' series to make sure our many freelance members are on top of the latest issues.
On top of the regular series we have one-off events, numerous feature preview screenings, and Q+As and panel discussions at international film festivals including Cannes, London and Berlin. And at all of these events we try to ensure there's time for the all-important networking with each other. So, you won't be short of options and opportunities!
How Many Events Do You Run a Year?
Well, in 2012 we hosted over 80 events! The vast majority of those events were absolutely free to our members, and many are exclusive to them too. Most of our events take place in London, but we also have monthly events running in Glasgow, and get around a bit to various festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh, Inverness, Brussels, and Berlin to name but a few.