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Winners of Bumble's Female Film Force announced

FEMALE FORCES: Chibundu Onuzo and Joan Iyiola are among the aspiring filmmakers who have been awarded grants by Bumble

FIVE ASPIRING filmmaking teams will now be fully funded to create their own short film as part of Bumble’s Female Film Force, an initiative offering grants to ambitious filmmakers across the UK, Ireland, France and Germany.

Bumble, the social networking app with over 55 million users, connects people across dating, friendship and professional networking are committed to making a real change to the gender imbalance found within the film industry.

Filmmakers will be supported by mentors throughout the filmmaking process to ensure they have a strong network of industry figures to guide and empower them. This furthers Bumble’s efforts and commitment to make a real change to the gender imbalance found within the film industry.

The final teams embody a group of diverse, driven creatives whose ideas are centred around strong female characters and narratives often under-represented on our screens.

From a French animation previously unable to secure funding due to its often considered taboo mental health storyline, to a moving but comic portrait of postnatal depression, and from one British writer making her first move as a director, to a German documentary duo ready to shine a light on feminist views in Berlin, Bumble are proud to introduce this year’s recipients:

Joy Wilkinson (writer-director); Jude Goldrei (producer); Kate Reid BSC (director pf photography)
Struggling with post-natal depression after the birth of her ninth baby, Queen Victoria faces a photo-shoot to show off her ‘perfect family’ to the world – the last thing she needs!

Joan Iyiola (co-writer and producer); Chibundu Onuzo (co-writer and producer); Millie Marsh (producer)
A story about a young black girl’s relationship with her hair, and how it helps her understand who she wants to be.

Karen Healy (writer); Sharon Cronin (producer); Claire Byrne (director)
A small plane with two female pilots is about to take off from Knock with a cabin full of religious holiday-makers - but things get tense when the flight is grounded...

Julie Robert (director/producer); Céline Le Thérisien (writer/line producer); Maëva Poupard (writer)
Since childhood, Lea has been seeing ghostly deer looming around her. If only she managed to take one photograph of them, maybe her girlfriend Maud would take her issues seriously.

Silke Meya (Director); Laura Mentgen (director of photography); Noumia Film
A documentary about six children from Berlin. The film will offer insights into different cultural, social, religious and political understandings of role models and modern feminism.

A shortlist of 10 teams were invited to pitch at The AllBright Club in London in June where they met with a panel of industry experts in an inclusive and fun environment. After thoughtful deliberation and discussion, the final five were selected.

Bumble received over 1,300 creative pitches centered around Bumble’s core values; kindness, respect, and equality. Bumble, WDW Entertainment and a panel of industry experts have selected these five teams to empower, mentor and financially support through their process. The programme was created to encourage women to make the first move - to stand up and tell their stories. Bumble believes that until we have a fairer representation of women behind the camera, we will not achieve parity of male and female stories on screen.

Louise Troen, VP International Marketing & Communications, commented, “The Female Film Force is an empowering initiative set out to shine a light on the imbalance in the film industry and provide women across Europe with the opportunity to tell the stories they’re wanting to tell. The programme encourages women to have the confidence to believe in themselves and take the plunge into creating their own stories. We were incredibly fortunate to work with an inspiring panel of industry leaders who helped us select the final five recipients, all of which embody Bumble’s core values and beliefs. The funding will help launch these inspiring women into the industry and we can’t wait to see what they produce in January 2020.”

The films will be delivered and showcased at an event in January 2020.

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