Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival General Submissions Guidelines 2019

What We’re About

Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival is an annual live screening event that celebrates the achievement of Black British women/of colour in the film, digital and broadcast mediums.

Launched in November 2017 by Founder/Director Jennifer G. Robinson, the Festival contributes to redressing the imbalance of Black women’s representation in film, broadcast and digital mediums.

The inaugural Festival programmed 54 productions and 5 panel discussions.  This year, the expectation is similarly high.

When Does It All Happen?

WOTL Team Member-Hospitality Hosts
WOTL Team Member-Hospitality Hosts: Adenike, Rhianne and Kathryn

Venue: The Close Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

Dates: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th November 2019 (these may be subject to change; follow our social media for immediate updates: @womenofthelens)


What Are We Looking For?

Choices in programming are dictated by productions that challenge and/or contribute to changing the status quo of Black women/of colour who’re underrepresented in the industry - both in front of and behind the camera. We ask questions about your crew i.e. do you have Black women/of colour in key decision-making positions, for example producer, editor, director, script? If Black women/of colour are in acting roles, to what extent are audiences following her narrative or is she just an addendum in standard narration? We are looking for change.

We will consider productions of any genre i.e. romance, romantic comedy, horror, children’s, comedy, thriller, action adventure, animation, sci-fi, fashion, drama, experimental, dance (not music videos), documentary, webseries, feature, short-film, broadcast, radio, digital, etc. We will ask the same questions of all genres.

Women Of The Lens Film Festival Laurel Leaf
Women Of The Lens Film Festival Laurel Leaf

Be Prepared 

Be it for this Festival or any other, independent filmmakers must be ready for the promotional aspects of the industry. In order for you to make the best out of what the Festival has to offer in terms of promotion, be prepared to have a comprehensive Media Kit/EPK which at least contains the following:

  • Film stills of actors/characters
  • Film stills
  • High-resolution, head and shoulder shots of director, producer, other key crew
  • Film poster(s)
  • Cast/Crew bios
  • Film reviews (if you have them)
  • Synopsis long and short version
  • Run-time and other key credits
  • Production Country of Origin
  • Any previous awards?
  • Production website or an online landing page
  • Social media handles for the film and if not, at least the Director and/or Producer handles

(this list is not exhaustive)

You’ll have a lot of information and large files so be prepared to store these and make them easily accessible via dropbox or Google Drive, or MEGA or some other file sharing platform. Many of these platforms have basic offers that are free and will be sufficient for your immediate needs.

General Submissions Admin

Founder/Director Jennifer G. Robinson and Guest
Founder/Director Jennifer G. Robinson and Guest

Have up to date email (which you check regularly) and other contact details ready.

Should your production be selected, let us know whether or not it’ll be a UK premier?

Assuming the submitter has rights to the production, once selected/programmed, the Festival reserves the right to use the production in participation in Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival and its promotional activities pertaining to this.

Foreign films should be dubbed into English or subtitled in English.

Your production should be in breach of any copyright, including music or any other material used in the production.

Once selected your film should not be screened on or before our Festival’s dates. Any online versions of your selected productions should be suspended.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

Panel Host Yvonne Connikie
Panel Host Yvonne Connikie

Submission deadline: 31st August 2019.

Feature film length:  Up to 125mins.

Short-film length: Under 40mins.

Webseries length: Under 40mins.


All productions must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

You may submit a work in progress, but it must be ready in final exhibition copy no less than three weeks prior to the Festival.

Your submission is not a guarantee of being programmed in the 2019 Festival.

Delia-Rene Donaldson 10 Nov 17
Delia-Rene Donaldson 10 Nov 17

DCP and/or DVD Blu-Ray will be the final exhibition format.

We are not responsible for any expenses incurred for any visit. We cannot be responsible for organising visits or offer any type of recommendation about accommodation, travel or any other questions relating to travel.

At this stage we cannot enter into any correspondence about submission prior to submission deadlines.

Submit to Women of the Lens 2018


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