Women urged to register for a place at Belfast Feminist Film School


Women who are interested in a feminist approach to film-making are invited to register for a place at the Belfast Feminist Film School (BFFS).

The film school, at the Belfast campus at Ulster University, will include topics such as screenwriting, directing, camera/cinematography and sound and editing.

It will run from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15.

There is a registration fee of £25 for all participants.

A spokeswoman for the film school said: “We acknowledge that financial conditions and caring responsibilities act as barriers to engaging in filmmaking and that this currently disproportionately affects women. We therefore provide bursaries of £200 to 50 percent of BFFS participants, paid after full completion of the five-day film school.”

Lunch, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided each day.

The week-long school will introduce participants to feminist film theory and provide hands-on workshops on screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording and editing. They will also watch and discuss a selection of films by key female directors such as Margot Harkin’s Hush-A-Bye Baby (1990), Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (2009), Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2015) and Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart (2019). 

Participants will work in small groups to produce feminist-themed short films that are screened at the end of the week.  Screenings are followed by a pizza party and feminist disco.  In addition, BFFS participants retain access to a full camera and sound kit as well as access to post-production facilities after completing our film school.   

Now in its second year, BFFS is an initiative led by Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer, Dr Jennie Carlsten, Oonagh Parish and Jan Uprichard from Ulster University.

To find out more and register follow this link: https://store.ulster.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/school-of-communication-and-media/belfast-feminist-film-school-2023