The youth cohort of Edinburgh International Film Festival are celebrating female filmmakers though a programme of movies being screened this month.
Enabling their mission to connect young audiences with poignant films, the Young Programmers at EIFF are hosting Woman With a Movie Camera, an online weekend of film from February 26-28, featuring three landmark movies from iconic women filmmakers.
As well as the screenings, a Film Course Showcase will be on offer, designed to arm future film students with information on how and where to study film in Scotland.
The Film Course Showcase will be broadcast live on YouTube and the film watch parties will be hosted on Instagram.
Each film is available on BFI Player, the BFI’s streaming platform, which has a specially extended free trial.
Friday, February 26, 7pm: Daisies, directed by Věra Chytilová
Saturday, February 27, 7pm: The Watermelon Woman, directed by Cheryl Dunye
Sunday, February 28, 2pm: Varda by Agnès, directed by Agnès Varda
Each film will be introduced by an EIFF Youth young programmer.
The Film Course Showcase will be shown live on YouTube on Saturday February 27, from 2pm – 4pm.
In addition to presentations, there will be opportunities for potential students to ask questions in the live Q&A.
Yvonne Gordon, Head of Education and Learning at EIFF says: “It’s always a delight and enlightening to work with our Young Programmers and members of our Youth Advisory Group. They are really passionate about film and helping us find ways to connect more young people with great cinema.
“We agreed early on to focus on women film makers and have enjoyed narrowing down the field to the three selected for our watch parties.
“Originally designed as cinema events, we had to pivot and re-shape our plans to deliver everything online. It’s been inspirational to co-design the weekender with our young people, using their expertise to make sure we can connect with as many under 25s as possible online.
“I think digital engagement has a future beyond our current Covid crisis. We hope this programme, especially our Film Course Showcase can be accessed widely online, reaching many more people than a bricks and mortar event in Edinburgh.
“EIFF Youth is also committed to making our events as accessible as possible – they are free, they have subtitles and we are also trialling digital bursaries to support young people who may be experiencing digital poverty.”
All films are available on BFI Player Subscription service. You can sign up for a special extended free trial here.
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