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London festival to celebrate women in film

Still from 'The Adventure of Prince Achmed'

Birds Eye Film Festival, 4 – 12 March 2010, London, Institute of Contemporary Arts and British Film Institute

Discover more about women in film, past and present, at the 6th annual Birds Eye View Film Festival.

The Festival is happening across various cinemas across London including the ICA and the BFI, and will showcase an extraordinary range of female-directed cinema from across the globe.

Among the features this year are Jessica Hausner’s Golden Lion nominee Lourdes, and Kim Longinotto’s documentary Rough Aunties – Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance. This year’s special retrospective and masterclass is from 2006 Oscar nominated Danish director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding), whose original film Brothers has been remade into a Hollywood version written by Bier and starring Natalie Portman, opening in cinemas this Friday.

Other highlights include fashion films with work by Ruth Hogben and Wendy Bevan and the launch of an Animation Lab with Lotte Reineger’s 1926 film The Adventure of Prince Achmed – the first feature length animation ever made – with cutting-edge composer Mira Calix premiering her musical accompaniment.

All this, plus a retrospective of iconic blondes in Blonde Crazy at the BFI Southbank, including silent films with specially commissioned live music from the likes of Patti Plinko and Gwyneth Herbert.

On 11 March the festival party will see the hottest female musical talent at the ICA. And the festival finale kicks off with a roller derby extravaganza followed by Drew Barrymore’s critically acclaimed directorial debut Whip It. The best of the fest will be presented with awards pre-screening on the closing night by glamorous guests.

At selected venues across London including:

•BFI Southbank
•ICA
•Curzon Soho
•Barbican
•Ritzy Picturehouse

Programme includes:

• 8 features
•4 documentaries
•Blonde Crazy retrospective with BFI Southbank
•Silent films with live music
•Retrospective & masterclass with Susanne Bier
•Launch of Animation Lab with Warp Films
•Fashion Loves Film
• Music Loves video with Miranda Sawyer
• Shorts: International, UK & documentaries
•Innovation & training workshops
•Festival opening night gala with Jane Horrocks (4 March)
•Festival party at the ICA (11 March)
•Awards ceremony and closing night screening of Whip It! (12 March)

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