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A new festival celebrating black women in film is here

CELEBRATION: Women of The Lens Film Festival founder Jennifer G. Robinson

WOMEN OF The Lens Film Festival - a new festival celebrating black women and women of colour in film - launches on November 10, at the iconic venue Goldsmiths Curzon, London.

This UK-based festival was created to showcase the work and challenge perceptions of black women and women of colour in front of and behind the camera.

The festival is the brainchild of Jennifer G. Robinson who has over 25 years of experience working in the creative industries. Jennifer has worked with Menelik Shabazz and other industry professionals to produce one the longest running London-based film festivals – The Black Filmmaker International Film Festival. To say that Jennifer is ‘passionate’ about the industry may be considered clichéd, but it is the best word to use that describes her innate commitment to create and deliver a festival of integrity to fulfil its ethos as described above.

Speaking on the launch of the festival, she said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the festival. It demonstrates to me the growing potential of what’s being created and my responsibility to filmmakers as they submit their precious creations.

"The stories contained in the festival highlights the multi-faceted complexities of black women and women of colour. The stories show that these women’s stories are human stories, our stories that can be enjoyed by all audiences irrespective of their ethnicities. I’m excited by the coming events and humbled by the support received.”

Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival was created because the representation of black women and women of colour in the creative industries remains disturbingly low. The festival aims to reveal the complexity, diversity and multiplicities of women who are overlooked in the conventional/mainstream media-sphere.

Watch a trailer for the festival below:

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