Bumble has announced the winners of its second annual Female Film Force competition.
The five teams of female filmmakers from the UK, Ireland, France and Germany are receiving £20,000 each, to help create their short films. They will also be mentored by members of the expert judging panel throughout the production process.
Over 1,300 projects entered this year but only 10 groups were shortlisted to pitch their ideas to the judges in London earlier this month.
The final films are Ma’am, Sunita, Ascending Grace, Et Chaque Nuit and Viva La Feminista. The finished products will be showcased at a special screening event in January 2020.
Georgie Yukiko Donova, a winning director from last years’ Female Film Force, said to Screen Daily: “The [Female Film Force] gave me the confidence and drive to keep pushing forward. Since completing my film, I have been asked to develop and pitch new documentary ideas, as well as a feature length version of my film ‘AMA’.
“But more than that, it has given me a community of like-minded badass women. Everyone is endlessly supportive and driven to see not only their own success but that of all of us who went through this experience together – we’re a very lucky bunch indeed.”
The contest was initially launched to encourage women to continue to pursue their goals and try to redress the sizeable gender imbalance in the movie industry.
Bumble Bizz is running a similar competition for female musicians, with the winners being given the chance to perform at some of the biggest music festivals in the US.
Blued announced the results of its own film competition and hosted a screening last week. Blued Queer Flicks was open to independent filmmakers who had already created movies exploring themes relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.
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