Women of the Lens film festival returns this November.

With 18 films spanning over two days, the festival returns with another influential programme showcasing the creativity of black women filmmakers. As well as the live film screening there will be industry-led panel discussions and professional networking at Close Up Film Centre.

The 18 films are curated into 6 themes; Future-In The Inner Self, From The Mouths Of Babes, Movement Of Identity, The Heritage Of Fabric, Well-Full-Ness and Inner Drama.

As well as film screenings, the festival lunches with another high-impact discussion called. Blackout In The British Frame: black women’s media imagery comes under scrutiny.

The high-profile panel consists of Shonay Shote, founder/director of the photographic exhibition A Black Actress. The exhibition is a showcasing of the powerful beauty and infectious charm of some of Britain’s most promising actresses of Caribbean and African heritage. The panel also includes Lekia Lee, founder of Project Embrace, the platform created to raise a high-profile visibility campaign for natural afro hair- especially in the workplace. With Myvanwy Evans, founder of Louder Than Words, a non-profit creative agency specialising in cultural marketing, public relations and youth engagement. Finally, the panel includes Candace Skelton, an International Relations graduate-turned-barber. Her undergraduate research project explored Black British women and self-identity construction.

About Women Of The Lens Film Festival

Women Of The Lens is a live festival of film, broadcast and digital programming. It was created to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Black British women in the UK creative film industries. Founded by Jenifer G. Robison, Women Of The Lens will be specifically British in its sources with inclusion of productions from International regions.

It was created because the representation of Black women in the UK film industries remains stubbornly low. It aims to highlight the complexity, diversity, and multiplicities of black women, which is ordinarily overlooked in the conventional media-sphere. Whilst the stories are by and for black women, the festival welcomes allied people who will support the ethos and spirit of Women Of The Lens through their own work.

Founder and Director Jennifer G. Robinson says“The imagery of black UK women is paradoxically potent. It is paradoxical because even though there isn’t the breadth of imagery in media, black women are conspicuous by their absence, they are still potent. When they do appear they are never fleshed out to demonstrate the variety of us. Now, it’s the same for other women in terms of the variety of their characterisation, but for black that variety, that opportunity to reveal one’s self is doubly limited.

I want our launch event to delve deep into the reasons why this is and to try to find resolutions about improving our visibility. People have said they wanted different images to look at on-screen. Some of that difference is here at Women Of The Lens. All people need to do is show that they’re more than just about talking difference”.


Women of the Lens takes place Friday 29th November & Saturday 30th at Close Up Film Centre, Shoreditch, London E1 6HR.

Find out more and book your tickets here