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INTO FILM FESTIVAL Free festival aimed at young people highlights female storytellers
Film education charity Into Film’s free nationwide festival is an annual celebration of i lm, giving young people aged 5–19 from varying backgrounds the chance to engage with all aspects of i lmmaking. As well as screenings, the festival includes workshops and events with industry experts that provide insights into topics ranging from directing and screenwriting to costume design and VFX.
This year’s festival will shine a special spotlight on female storytellers via the Year of the Woman: Empowered Voices strand, to mark the centenary of votes for some women. Films in the strand have all been designated ‘F-rated’, drawing attention to the fact that they’ve been made by a female director or screenwriter, with i lms that additionally feature a female-centric narrative being given the gold star triple-F rating.
‘There is still a big discrepancy in terms of female representation both in front of and behind the camera, and Into Film are clearly seeking to redress the balance with the Year of the Woman strand,’ says Harry Potter star and Into Film ambassador Katie Leung. ‘I hope this will play a part in inspiring the female i lmmakers of the future!’
The strand will include screenings of Ava Duverney’s sci-i adventure A Wrinkle in Time (pictured), Greta Gerwig’s Oscar- nominated Lady Bird, powerful animation The Breadwinner, and 2015 historical period drama Suffragette. Screenings will take place all over Scotland including Aberdeen, Langholm, Campbeltown, Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr, Paisley, Moray, Kirkwall and Stirling. (Arusa Qureshi) ■ Various locations, nationwide, Wed 7–Fri 23 Nov.
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