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”

Slog: Annemarie Jacir on Baby Troubles at Cannes

Annemarie had two films premiere as official selections of the Cannes Film Festival. One in Venice and most recently Berlinale where W hen I Saw You won Best Asian Film. Founder of Philistine Films, she’s made over sixteen films and collaborates regularly with fellow filmmakers. She teaches screenwriting and works as a freelance editor and … Continue reading “Slog: Annemarie Jacir on Baby Troubles at Cannes”

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”

Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais

On February 14th 2016, I decided to go to Calais with a cinematographer friend of mine, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe. We were going to go the now infamous “Jungle” refugee camp. Partly to document what we saw, partly to give donations but also to see with our own eyes what was going on. The camp was continuously … Continue reading “Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais”

Raising Our Game: Raising Films’ First Conference – and Next Steps

By Dr. Tamsyn Dent, Raising Films’ Research Manager In February, Raising Films brought together a group of 50 representatives from across the film and television industries along with delegates from support organisations for a half-day conference to talk about what we need to do as an industry to make change for parents and carers. The … Continue reading “Raising Our Game: Raising Films’ First Conference – and Next Steps”

The Slog: Lucy Baxter on Running a Creative Company & Changing the Industry

Flexible working, job sharing, genuine diversity in gatekeeper roles as well as in front of and behind the camera, paying key creatives properly and respect for people as rounded human beings who can get the job done in their own way and their own time – these things are key to the future health of … Continue reading “The Slog: Lucy Baxter on Running a Creative Company & Changing the Industry”

Moving on up

Filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach reflects on the last couple of weeks representing Raising Films at a range of exciting events that took place around the UK The last week has seen a flurry of activity around the country. Gatherings of people looking to the future, organising around change, challenging the status quo. Raising Films has been trying … Continue reading “Moving on up”

Making it Possible: the return!

This autumn, we are pleased to bring more opportunities for industry professionals to access our unique and family-friendly ‘Making It Possible’ training events.    This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, and Directors UK. Raising Films will be holding a series of three one-day personal & … Continue reading “Making it Possible: the return!”