Happy New Year to all WFTHN members, and if you haven't seen it already, this WFTV newsletter contains much of interest, including the news that Contemporary Films will be distributing Chantal Akerman's last film, No Home Movie.
kind regardsAngela

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   - “Women have adifferent perspective than men. Not better, not worse, just different. Wehave our own lens in how we see the world and that makes our perspectivevital.” Variety talks to industry figures about the lack of womenin film criticism.
   - Some of the most exciting, diverse and original characters to bedepicted on screen in 2016 are going to be played by women,says Scarlett Russell. In this article for the Guardian, Russell celebrates thesenew female role models: the superheroines.
   - “The thing that disturbs me the most, being in England, isthat on the screen we don’t see very many of us – therearen’t very many black girls. They don’t make the roles for us,or they don’t see us in those roles.” The British actor CynthiaErivo has said that British film and TV producers are unwilling to makeroles for black female talent in this interview with the New York Times.
   - UK distributor Contemporary Films, in association with screeningscollective A Nos Amours, has acquired the rights to Belgian filmmaker ChantalAkerman’s final feature, No Home Movie. The pioneeringwriter-director died in Paris in October aged 65.
   - The deadline is tomorrow for Directing Actors: Getting the Right Peformance atThe London Film School (20-24 Feb). In this intensive 5-day workshop,director Udayan Prasad will guide participants through the fundamentaltechniques for directing actors.
   - Calling all TV professionals! From 28 - 30 Jan, CinéLumière holds the 5th edition of Totally Serialized, the only TV series festival inLondon. Aiming to promote and improve collaboration between the UK andFrance, the festival will showcase the best of new productions fromboth sides of the Channel.
   - Submissions are now open for the spring 2016 eQuinoxe Europe Intl. Screenwriter Workshop. Ninescreenplays will be selected by an international jury to participate in theone-week workshop, with participants meeting nine advisors forone-to-one discussions. Deadline - 25 Jan.
   - Are you a filmmaker who wants to develop a documentary or transmediaproject with a social, political or human rights issue? ESoDoc is the training initiative forcross-thinkers and media professionals, who want to increase impact andoutreach of their projects. Deadline- 29 Jan.
   - The Artists’ International Development Fund offers early stage development opportunitiesfor individual freelance and self-employed artists and/or creativepractitioners to spend time building links with artists, organisationsand/or creative producers in another country. Deadline for applications -13 Jan.
   - Want inspiration for a new year’s resolution? The bloggerbehind Cinema Fanatic has just completed her A Year With Women challenge where she only watchedfilms directed or co-directed by women for 12 months. Have a read of what she has to say. Maybe you might liketo take on the challenge for 2016?
   - It’s just under a month away until the regular deadline forthe Open City Documentary Festival on 3 Feb. The festival offers filmmakersfrom around the globe the opportunity to have their work seen byaward-winning judges, fellow filmmakers and a broad public audience. Submithere.
   - “If you are anything other than a white, male director yourcareer opportunities are at best limited and at worst squashed.” Thisquote comes from ex WFTV mentee Christiana Ebohon for an article in the Independent which looks at whyBritish BAME directors are increasingly looking at the US forwork. 

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| 21 - 31 Jan: Sundance
11 - 21Feb: Berlinale
16 - 27Mar: BFI Flare
14 - 24 Apr: LOCO London Comedy Film                             Festival
18 - 24 Apr: Flatpack Film Festival

 | 22 Jan:  Flatpack Film Festival
07 Feb:  Sheffield Doc/Fest
29Feb: Encounters Festival
07 April: East End Film Festival
04March: Open City DocumentaryFestival
31 May: Aesthetic Short Film Festival
30 June: Underwire Film Festival
02July: Cork Film Festival  |

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