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IW at 2021 Berlinale Talents
25 January 2021
We are so excited to share that we have been selected to take part in the prestigious Berlinale Talents programme (1-5 March).
Our Rachel Pronger will be representing and spreading the Invisible Women gospel, and can't wait to chat archives, feminism and revolution with peers from around the world. Berlinale Talents is the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for emerging film creatives from all over the world.
IW Advent Calendar
📽️ ✨ 🎁
1 December 2020
Looking for a different kind of Christmas countdown? How about an advent calendar full of archive female filmmakers? We will tweet one filmmaker and one free film, every day until Christmas - some famous names, some of our favourites and some you might not have heard of. Just follow this thread
Ruby Grierson Tribute
In partnership with SDI
29 September 2020
Scottish filmmaker Ruby Grierson made fierce, socialist work that paved the way for the modern documentary, but was forgotten for decades. 80 yrs after her death, we've teamed up with the Scottish Documentary Institute to make a short video intro to her life and legacy - have a watch here!
Invisible Women turns 3
13 July 2020
It’s been 3 yrs since Invisible Women began! We are taking a moment to look back at some of our highlights, shout out to the people who have helped us and make transparent the meandering route we took to be able to call ourselves “curators”... Read the thread here
Invisible Women on Twitter
13 May 2020
Ahead of our newsletter launch on June 10, we are going live with an Invisible Women twitter account! Follow @IW_Archivesfor sporadic but enthusiastic women/film/archive chat and spread the word 📣!
More of a Woman's Job
Rachel for Film Hub Scotland
8 March 2020
We loved hearing about Film Hub Scotland's collaboration with the National Library of Scotland to produce a new Archive Moving Image programme for Scotland, curated by the brilliant Shona Thompson, called Her Century. It's no surprise our own Rachel was asked to write about the project highlighting some of our favourites like Jenny Gilbertson (featured in our first ever Invisible Women screening) and shoutouts to "inimitable badass Kay Mander" and other fantastic Scottish female filmmakers. As always a delightful read, that you shouldn't miss out on! Click herefor the full article.
She Bites - Women and Horror
Rachel for Tyneside Cinema
23 September 2019
Read our own Rachel's rebuttal to the short sighted comment “There are not a lot of female director’s period, and even less who are inclined to do horror” (Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions) here. The new season Women and Genre: Horror at Tyneside Cinema, showcases great examples of female filmmakers tackling horror cinema in unique, compelling and terrifying ways. Check out Rachel's article reminding the Jason Blum's of this world, who can't see what's right under their nose: the female gaze is deadlier than the male's.
Best Girl Grip Podcast
18 June 2019
Listen to our co-founder Rachel speak about Invisible Women, our women in animation programme at the Flatpack Festival 2019 and being a film programmer in the age of #MeToo with Nicole Davis on the Best Girl Grip podcast.
Noémi joins IW as guest curator
1 March 2019
We are absolutely delighted to have amazing Noémi Lemoine-Blanchard join us as a guest curator for our Invisible Women at Flatpack Festival programme this year! She is an independent curator, specialised in Chinese cinema, working closely with the Confucius Institute and British Council, and we can't wait to have a fresh pair of eyes and pick her brains for this exciting IW instalment!
Invisible Women collaboration with A Kind of Seeing
5 June 2018
Fresh off the press: This year we will be partnering up with the incredibly talented award-winning curator and film events producer Shona Thompson (A Kind of Seeing) for an exciting new project that will take us to several cities across Scotland and England. We are so very excited for this collaboration and grateful to Shona for approaching us about curating a programme to accompany a new touring screening event she is producing. More info will follow soon!
Invisible Women at the Edinburgh Art Festival
21 March 2018
Our programme Consensus has been elected to feature at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival in its Pop Up section. The event will be a one off screening kindly hosted by the contemporary art gallery Urbane Art in July. Keep an eye on our upcoming events page to find out more details closer to the date!
IW at Document Festival
Q&A with So Mayer
11 January 2021
We are delighted to be hosting a Q&A withSo Mayer for Glasgow based Document Human Rights Festival FilmFest. We'll be talking about Barbara Hammer's Nitrate Kisses, queer and feminist archives, memories and politics. Tickets are free! Friday, January 29 at 7pm. Book your tickets here
IW at the Catalan Film Festival
In partnership with Cinemaatic
9 November 2020
We are delighted to have been asked by our friends at Cinemaattic to take part in this year's Catalan Film Festival. A specially curated IW programme will accompany screenings of Nuria Giménez Lorang's My Mexican Bretzelfrom 27-29 November. This exciting selection is inspired by the film's slippery and mesmerising use of found footage and images of painstaking beauty.
We take part in Live Cinema III
3 September 2020
We're looking forward to talking about the future of live cinema, artists and performance at this year's Live Cinema Conference (14-15 Sep) in one of many amazing looking panels. Thanks to Live Cinema UK and Live Cinema Network for the invite. Live Cinema III: The ReOpening, is a free online event to reflect on the impact of the lockdown on the live and immersive sectors. View the programme and book your free ticket here
Keep Your Eye On
New segment in Newsletter
7 July 2020
Our next newsletter includes a new segment: Keep Your Eye On highlighting an exciting young filmmaker! Sign up now to get exclusive access to 2 films by the first featured director !
Our Newsletter launches soon
08 May 2020
We have some news exciting news to share: Over the past few months we’ve been working on what an Invisible Women Newsletter might look like. Our monthly e-mailout will feature 2-3 sections. The main feature will be SPOTLIGHT, an extended profile of a female filmmaker we admire from the history of cinema, with a particular focus on women who have maybe been underestimated, misunderstood or neglected. You will also be able to read these profiles on our new Blog.
Our aim is to produce entertaining and informative overviews of their life and work, to spark discussion and to increase our understanding of the historic contribution women have made to film. The IW Newsletter launches on June 10 - you can subscribe at the top of this page!
UEA report on women filmmakers
6 March 2020
It's fantastic to see this new report from the East Anglian Film Archive - Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain Project highlighting the contributions of women filmmakers to UK screen heritage. The report commissioned by Film Archives UK identifies 158 women who have been key to Britain’s amateur film culture – Dr Melanie Williams, who worked on the report with Stephanie Clayton & Prof Keith M. Johnston, said: “The work of these innovative women is currently obscured and under-exposed in UK ﬁlm archives and efforts are required to rewrite these women’s stories back into ﬁlm history, or we risk losing parts of that history forever."
And let us know if you come across the Invisible Women shoutout - we're very proud to be part of this mission!
Invisible Women at Brick Box
1 September 2019
We're excited to announce that IW will be pairing up with the phenomenal team at The Brick Box Rooms in Bradford to present an especially curated programme, with support from Live Cinema. Keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for further details.
Championing the Sci-fi dystopia and their female directors
Rachel for Tyneside Cinema
3 May 2019
To coincide with the release of Claire Denis’ High Life, Tyneside Cinema is celebrating female directed sci fi across May and June. Our own Rachel Pronger, Tyneside Film Programme Coordinator, writes here about female directors whose visions of the future were ahead of their time.
Bechdel Test Fest shout out
We are still gushing from opening the 'What to watch & do this week' newsletterby our sisters in the cause at Bechdel Test Fest and seeing Invisible Women at Flatpack heading the must-see list! We're honoured to be mentioned in their watching, reading, and events checklist! You can see it and subscribe, if you haven't already, here
Invisible Women at Scope Critical Group
25 April 2018
We've been invited to give a talk at Scope Critical Group, run by the amazing Nina Halton, at the Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, next month! Come along to hear our presentation, which we'll give in a longer format at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam later this in May. Scope is a platform for critical engagement in cinema that aims to explore diverse filmic cultures through regular screening events and discussion forums. Click here to find out more about the event!
Invisible Women at the EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam
18 January 2018
We are absolutely over the moon to announce that we got invited to present the Invisible Women project at the EYE International Conference - Activating the Archive at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.
Birds Eye View Takeover
IW take over the BEV socials
11 January 2021
We are all expectantly looking forward to what 2021 has to offer and reflecting on the good things that 2020 brought us. We'll be sharing these and more as we take over the fantastic Birds Eye View social media accounts for one day to spread the Invisible Women archive love! Follow the hashtag #ReclaimTheFrame and keep your eye on all Birds Eye View accounts (Instagram, Twitter&Facebook) on January 26 to see what we've been up to!
Femspective x Invisible Women
9 November 2020
We are so thrilled to share the news about our partnership with Femspectives - a Glasgow-based film series and festival that platforms feminist storytelling and champions the creators of this work.
They said: 'We're super excited to team up with Invisible Women for a project that will launch in 2021. We've been fans of the work they do for ages and finally, we have the opportunity to collaborate!' We couldn't have said it better ourselves - watch this space - this partnership is a going to be a tour de force.
Rianne Pictures & Women X
6 August 2020
We are very excited to share the news about our partnership with Rianne Pictures on their live and online event Women X happening in October! Check out the one-day programme focused on celebrating women and non-binary creatives within the film industry here
The Invisible Women Newsletter goes live
10 June 2020
Today is Newsletter Launch Day! If you've already signed up, you will have gotten some post today. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do so in the box above. Don't miss out on our monthly profiles on badass female filmmakers, and shout-outs to collectives/writers/curators doing cool stuff in the industry!
Highlighting women filmmakers & photographers in Scotland
19 April 2020
Curator Jenny Brownrigg has put together a considerable resource that outlines the research that is currently being conducted into 20th century female filmmakers and photographers in Scotland. She had previously been involved in the #CannaTweet Conference ‘The Female (or Those Identifying as Female) Photographer in Scotland & Her Archives- Contribution and Connection’, which gave her the opportunity to consider the field of researchers and collate this Hive Mind. We loved being asked by Jenny to be included on this list, among other fine researchers and exhibitors of female photographers' and filmmakers' work.
Mandla Rae to perform at IW screening in Bradford
27 September 2019
Happy to announce that Zimbabwean writer and producer Mandla Rae will be performing a response to the film A Place of Rage at our Invisible Women: Mad as Hell screening. They are a queer intersectional feminist. Mandla’s performances are personal, poignant and succinct. Drawing from a place of reclaiming her power, Mandla constantly interrogates power dynamics.
Shifting Ground - Film Hub North
30 July 2019
'Film programmer and archive activist Rachel Pronger takes us on a journey back in time and across the UK.'
For Film Hub North Rachel dove into national and regional moving image collections and provides an introduction to some of the forgotten stories that Shifting Ground might help bring to light. Read her article here
IW on Women's Histories / Programme Highlights
1 April 2019
Do you know the fantastic Film Hub North resource of upcoming events in celebration of women film and the archive? We love it and are thrilled to have our upcoming Invisible Women programme at Flatpack Festival mentioned in their must see's section. For more great events happening in April and May championing the women of film check their posting here
Invisible Women at Flatpack Festival 2019
5 January 2019
We are very, very excited to announce that we have been invited to curate a programme exclusively for the incredibly cool Flatpack Festival taking place in Birmingham from 30 April - 5 May 2019. Watch our upcoming events page to see what we came up with and more info on how to get tickets! Hope to see you all there!
Women's Histories Film Menu - Rachel for BFI Film Hub North
25 April 2018
Organise your own screening event in the spirit of Invisible Women! A new selection of titles curated by our own Rachel Pronger are available to book as one-off celebrations of great individual filmmakers or programmed together, through Film Hub North. Find more information on how to book here.