WFTV News

22nd April 2016
Domestic-violence charity Woman’s Trust is planning to auction items and experiences on ebay during Small Charity Week (16-26 June), to bring attention to domestic violence and the charity’s work - providing free one-to-one counselling, peer-support groups and self-development workshops - as well as raising much-needed funds.   
21st April 2016
WFTV mourns the passing of the immensely talented Victoria Wood, winner of our EON Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. We remember her especially for the wonderful tribute she paid to her great friend, Julie Walters, when she presented Julie with her EON Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Victoria could be rather shy and nervous but when she went up on stage that day she gave one of the warmest and wittiest speeches it's possible to imagine. The entire room was captivated - and reduced to gales of laughter. 
15th April 2016
The 'Sélection Officielle' of films showing at Cannes 2016 (11-22 May) has been announced, with movies helmed by women directors accounting for only eight of the 49 features scheduled.  
8th April 2016
Registration is now open for the Funny Women Awards 2016, in four categories: Stage, Comedy Writing, Comedy Shorts and the new Best Show award.
7th April 2016
Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced some of the line-up for the 2016 event (10-15 June).
7th April 2016
Barbara Broccoli OBE has been appointed Vice President for Film by BAFTA. The Bond producer follows in the footsteps of Duncan Kenworthy OBE (2009-2015) and Lord Puttnam (1995-2004), and will co-chair BAFTA’s Council with Greg Dyke, BAFTA’s Vice President for Television.
6th April 2016
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron has spoken out about ageism in Hollywood and the difficulty of winning prestigious roles, due to her appearance.  
4th April 2016
The European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) is working with the Women in Motion programme at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11th-22nd May) to highlight women’s challenges and achievements in film, and to encourage more industry diversity.
31st March 2016
Screen Australia’s $5m Gender Matters plan, announced in December, has been heralded as an important moment in the Australian industry, and one which should have come sooner. The policy, which closed for the first round of applications just last week, directs funds to film projects with female-driven creative teams and female protagonists. It also aims to support storytelling by women, and the professional development of women in the industry – particularly writers and directors.
31st March 2016
A diversity report also highlights that male directors of narrative features outnumber women directors by more than 5:1. The Spanish Association for Women Filmmakers (CIMA) has expressed concern following the results of a new study it carried out on gender equality in the film industry, which highlights that male directors of feature films outnumber women directors by more than 5:1. The survey of 143 films shortlisted for Goya nominations in 2015 found that while 65 features were directed by men only 12 were directed by women.

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