The 2018 London Feminist Film Festival Awards were given to:
Short Film Award – Organizing the (Im)possible
Mid-length Film Award – Joint winners in this category were Tia Ciata and Body Manifesto
Feature Film Award – The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman
Feminist Favourite Audience Award – Like Dolls I’ll Rise
Paula Alves graduated in Cinema, with a master in Demography and Social Research. She is currently developing a PhD research about gender and race issues in Brazilian cinema production. Paula is a member of Grappa (Group for the Analysis of Audiovisual Policies and Poetic) at the Rio de Janeiro State University, and is director, curator, and producer of the Femina – International Women´s Film Festival, in Rio de Janeiro, and director of the NGO Femina Institute for Culture and Citizenship.
Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance is a feminist scholar and teacher based in the Departments of Liberal Arts and Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of gender and sexuality in contemporary culture. Her book, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory, will be published by Edinburgh University Press in early 2019.
Ashley Catania is a media professional and Chair of Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only film festival in Canada dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging women-identified directors. Passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social impact initiatives, her aim of working in media is to help build female equity and equality across the industry and challenge common problematic on-screen representations. Ashley now works primarily in marketing, communications, and advocacy capacities and provides ongoing support for many emerging film festivals including the WIFT-T Showcase, CaribbeanTales, Toronto New Wave and SOCDOCS.
Lauren Clarke studied film exhibition and curation at the University of Edinburgh and has worked for many festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sheffield Doc Fest and Africa in Motion Film Festival. Lauren and Kati, who is also part of our jury, are co-founders of Femperspectives, which expresses their shared interest in women’s cinema and feminisms.
Beti Ellerson has published extensively on the topic of African women and the moving image. Her research includes the book Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television (2000), the film documentary Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema (2002) and articles for the African Women in Cinema Dossier of the Black Camera International Film Journal. Beti is founder and director of the online Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema created in 2008. She lectures internationally on African women in cinema studies and African women and screen culture.
Kathi Kamleitner is currently pursuing a PhD on women’s film festivals at the University of Glasgow and has worked with festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, achtung berlin film festival, and Africa in Motion Film Festival. Kati and Lauren, who is also part of our jury, are co-founders of Femperspectives which expresses their shared interest in women’s cinema and feminisms.
Zamo Mkhwanazi is a filmmaker working between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Switzerland. In 2011 she wrote, directed, and produced her first short film, Philia. Her second short, The Call, screened at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival and her third, Gallo Rojo, premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Zamo was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab in September 2016 and Berlinale Talents 2017. In addition, she has written some 200 hours of aired television on over 25 television shows. Zamo was the Head Writer (Show Runner) of the critically acclaimed series Ya Lla (2015). She is currently developing her first feature, Laundry, a film based on her family’s experiences during the apartheid era of the 1960s. This project was developed with the Torino Script Lab and was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
Esperanza Moreno Guerra is a communications, marketing, international relations, and film industry professional with over 10 years’ experience. She has managed and led campaigns for film festivals, cultural organisations, and the private sector and is also the co-founder of the leading Spanish theatrical on-demand platform youfeelm.
Marta Nieto Postigo has a degree in Humanities and a MA in Publishing from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has collaborated on different editorial projects as a translator, proofreader, and editor. Between 2009 and 2012 she was part of the organising team of BccN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival. Marta currently co-directs the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones in Barcelona and is co-responsible for the content department of Drac Màgic, a cooperative for the promotion of audiovisual media.
Tope Oshin is a multiple award-winning filmmaker who has directed altogether about 7000 hours of TV and film content, including up to 700 episodes of some of Africa’s biggest drama series: Tinsel, MTV Shuga, Hotel Majestic, Hush, and many more. Tope, who is a three-time International Emmys Juror, describes herself as a film artist, dedicated to changing the world, one frame at a time.