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Many flowers are not flowers anymore. Photo ©Milana Videnov

Shakespeare’s Sister is a short film initiative which aims to help address the gender imbalance in film by giving female filmmakers funding and support to showcase their talent.

Film London, in partnership with the British Council, are seeking the best female filmmaking talent from across the UK to apply for the scheme, which is part of next year’s international celebration of the life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare.

Two filmmaking teams have been awarded £15,000 in production funding. In addition to support and development from Film London, the selected filmmakers will also benefit from mentoring from Film4 and a year’s membership to Women in Film & TV. The scheme was open to applications from teams of female writers, directors and producers based in the UK. 

The two films will form a key part of the work Film London is commissioning to commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare, forming part of the global celebrations of the playwright’s life, work and legacy in 2016.

Who can apply

Filmmaking teams must comprise female writers, directors and producers. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, including transgender women. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length, and should be inspired or informed by Shakespeare's plays, poems, characters or life.

Applications are now closed.

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