Birds’ Eye View Film have been one of the UK’s leading advocates and instigators of gender equality in film, first as a film festival then as cultural activists, for the past 15+ years. They have brought together 67 women from across the UK – key individuals in film distribution, exhibition and the audience development chain – into what they are calling a Pandemic Response Programme: a community of women focused on rebuilding film in new ways, fostering connections, sharing knowledge and new ways of operating post-Covid. The programme includes representatives from independent cinemas such as the Picturehouse chain, Watershed Bristol, Glasgow Film Theatre, Chapter Cardiff, Broadway Nottingham and Genesis London; organisations We Are Parable, Africa In Motion, Caramel Film Club, Film Hub Wales/Northern Ireland/Midlands and key executives from UK distributors such as MUBI, Studio Canal, Universal, Picturehouse Entertainment and Curzon.

The event will bring together key members of the group to discuss their experiences and conversations from the last few months, as cinemas reopen and the sector faces huge and unpredictable challenges.

The BEV Pandemic Response programme is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

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