Very excited and happy to say that the brilliant London Chapter of the Film Fatales have asked me to join their collective.
Film Fatales is a collective of female feature directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, collaborate on projects and create a supportive community in which to make their films. It's basically a female Stonecutters. Members include Nisha Ganatra (Director/Producer on Transparent, Amazon), Gita Pullapilly (Variety's One of 10 Directors to Watch) and founder Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love).
Or as their website puts it:
"The group was founded in 2013 in New York City and his since expanded to include over two dozen local chapters around the world. Members meet in small groups hosted inside the homes different filmmakers each month, to share a meal, update each other on their projects, and engage in a moderated discussion about relevant topics in film.
In an industry where less than 5% of the top grossing Hollywood films and less than 15% of independent features are directed by women, Film Fatales provides a space for female filmmakers to support each other, share resources, and help get their films made. In addition to the monthly meetings, Film Fatales supports a number of other collaborative programs including: writing groups, master classes, panel discussions, film festival programming, educational workshops, theatrical field trips, and numerous other special events."
Film Fatales has quickly become a grassroots community of collaboration and support. I had a wonderful first meeting and am very happy they've asked me to join and what I can learn from the group over the months to come.
"I think filmmaking can be so lonely especially if you’re not in film school. You’re editing alone, you’re writing alone, you’re traveling to festivals alone. And so, just to have a network of other filmmakers that you can share with is fantastic. Especially female filmmakers! And rather than being competitive, it’s collaborative. Which is really important" - Founder Leah Meyerhoff