Interview: Mattia Storni, Locarno Film Festival

You’re Head of Marketing for the Locarno Festival – which provides childcare for its guests and delegates! Can you tell us about how the Festival came about with that decision? The Locarno Festival has always tried to offer a 360-degree experience to its visitors. We know how difficult it is to combine family and work … Continue reading “Interview: Mattia Storni, Locarno Film Festival”

The Independent, 6 July 2017

Game of Thrones and Prevenge star Gemma Whelan gives us a shout-out in an in-depth interview with Kaleem Aftab – shout-outs too to Film Raisers Alice Lowe and Kharmel Cochrane: She is a big fan of Raising Films, formed two years ago to put pressure on the film industry to do more to support working parents. … Continue reading “The Independent, 6 July 2017”

Testimonial: Dieudonnée and Keir Burrows

Thanks for having us on! So we’re a wife-and-husband (and kids!) filmmaking team. Our debut feature film, sci-fi noir Anti Matter, was developed on Film London Microwave and is out now in the UK on DVD and VOD, via Kaleidoscope. It opens with a limited theatrical run in the US in September. We’ve had very … Continue reading “Testimonial: Dieudonnée and Keir Burrows”

Testimonial: Katherine Beacon

In the garden centre last weekend I asked the man in wellies and a tabard if he could point me in the direction of a fast growing, evergreen, tall, narrow tree that possibly flowered too and wasn’t too expensive. He sighed, “The Holy Grail then?” Well, yes actually. That’s what I want. And maybe it … Continue reading “Testimonial: Katherine Beacon”

Slog: How the True/False Festival Added Childcare to their Lineup

Paul Sturtz is Co-Conspirator (with David Wilson) of True/False, an “transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic” film festival and community in Columbia, Missouri. The festival is committed to nonfiction filmmaking and to environmental and social justice. In 2017, True/False partnered with Kickstarter to support childcare provision at the festival, and help create career sustainability for documentary-makers – this is how they are #RaisingFilms. … Continue reading “Slog: How the True/False Festival Added Childcare to their Lineup”

The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2017

With Alexandra Hidalgo (agnès films), Barbara Ann O’ Leary (Directed by Women), Mathilde Dratwa (Moms in Film) and Marian Evans (Wellywood Woman), the team at Raising Films co-authored and signed an open letter to the Cannes Film Festival about excluding children from the festival, titled Parents in the Palais. You can read our interview with … Continue reading “The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2017”

Interview: Georgette Turner

Can you tell us about working on WONDER WOMAN – you were location managing while pregnant with your second child, is that right? I was five months pregnant when I went on the film, and seven and a half months when I left. Because I’d done a big number before in Trafalgar Square – we … Continue reading “Interview: Georgette Turner”

Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes

I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to acquire some DTV films for UK release on my distribution label, and also to help find distributors for the slate of British and Irish films I had brought to the market for international sales. As a solo mum of two, where I go my children go, … Continue reading “Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes”

Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals

The biggest takeaway from our experience providing free childcare in a mobile unit we named the Wee Wagon, at SXSW 2017, was this: it’s possible. That may seem unremarkable compared with the incredible response from parent-filmmakers, who called the Wee Wagon “an oasis for families,” “dope,” “a necessity” and “a game-changer for gender equality!” And while … Continue reading “Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals”

Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals

Hope Dickson Leach: ALICE. Alice Lowe: Yes Hope. HDL: We met in person for the first time in Toronto. You’d just come from Venice and for me it was my world premiere. I had left my children at home and you had your baby with you. This being the first feature I had made, I … Continue reading “Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals”