Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell with the aim to change the face of the industry from the inside out, the festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 40 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films. Now in its seventh year, Underwire has become a BAFTA recognised festival and is working with some of the best independent cinemas in London, including Genesis Cinema, BFI Southbank, ArtHouse Crouch End and Barbican. We talked to festival producer Anna Bogutskaya about this exciting festival and lent her a Lomo LC-A+ to shoot with.
Tell us about Underwire?
Underwire Festival is the UK’s only film festival celebrating working across the film crafts. It was founded in 2010 to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. What began as a small gathering of friendly filmmakers has now grown into a BAFTA-recognised five day festival packed with short films, features and special events celebrating women making movies. The competition side of the festival remains, with awards presented to winning short films across twelve categories.
How did you get on shooting with the LC-A+?
It was great (although it did make some people at the programme launch jump at the power of the Lomo flash!). A lot of the filmmakers who are featured in the Underwire programme came along, and it was fantastic opportunity for people to meet each other, dig into the freshly printed Underwire brochures, and hear from our guest speakers, Raising Films and Nautilus Collective.
What did you shoot?
We took snaps mostly of the people attending the launch, a good combo of filmmakers, industry guests, film fans and of course, team Underwire!
What’s coming up next?
The festival! Underwire kicks off on 30th November with an incredible selection of female-fronted short films, Girls to the Front, at Genesis Cinema. This is a wonderful selection of shorts where we champion female characters that define expectations, tear off labels and are celebrated in all their glorious complexity. We’ve got a few special events in this year’s programme, including an anniversary screening of Andrea Arnold’s directorial debut Red Road, showing on 35mm, on the 4th December, and a screening and discussion with incredible young women making web series on the the 1st December. Underwire is five days filled to the brim of films, discussions and events celebrating women making movies!