We’re thrilled to introduce our new weekly series #WomenWednesdays, here on our LFA blog, highlighting the power, vision and genius of women in film, throughout history. As a women-led film school, founded by our passionate and forward-thinking principals Anna MacDonald and Daisy Gili, we're incredibly dedicated to bridging the gender gap and highlighting and engaging with meaningful conversations - with our counterparts, industry professionals and our students - about gender representation and equality within this competitive, ever evolving community.
Core to our fundamental values, we continually strive to remain inclusive, diverse and supportive of individuals from all walks of life. The film industry is a tough one to crack; we’ve continued to make it part of our school’s mission to take proactive steps towards dynamic participation and facilitating access for under-represented filmmakers.
In 2019 our principals launched the LFA Pioneer’s Award, a scholarship, which offers a fully funded place for a talented female studying on one of our postgraduate or undergraduate courses each year, to further develop our commitment to championing female filmmakers. The scholarship is designed to support a promising filmmaker who might otherwise, due to financial constraints, not be able to access training.
The founding patron of the LFA Pioneer’s Award, Baroness Kidron (Director, Writer & Producer ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’) said:
For me, I’ve had a long life as a woman director, but in the early days it was such a battle, and I was so on my own (…) We need to hear everybody’s stories before we have heard all the stories that we could possibly enjoy.
Baroness Kidron - The founding patron of the LFA Pioneer’s Award
Join us each week as we showcase a myriad of prominent women in film and help us in building momentum around this crucial topic. Let’s keep the conversation moving, #SupportWomenFilmmakers and continue pushing boundaries that are about time to be pushed.
As someone that obviously wants to represent the female gaze, it can be tricky because we don’t have a huge amount of role models out there. You know, once I’ve constructed that female gaze and what that feels like to me, it’s having the deliberation and the trust in myself to push that creative vision through.
Beatrix, Pioneer’s Award recipient 2019-2020
Catch us next Wednesday for our next #WomenWednesdays entry!