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International Women's Day 2018


Celebrating BIFA's Female Filmmakers


Not that you need one, but International Women’s Day is a perfect excuse to support female filmmakers by watching their films. With the weekend coming up, it’s an opportunity to line up a whole swathe of female-focussed film watching.

Here are eight feature films, four fiction and four docs, directed or written by women and featuring strong female leads that were nominated or won awards at BIFA 2017. Follow them, seek them out and watch them when you can!




Female nominees / winners:
Rungano Nyoni (writer / director) 
Juliette Grandmont (producer)
Emily Morgan (producer)
Margaret Mulubwa (actress)
Holly Rebecca (costume designer)
Julene Paton (make-up & hair designer)

Watch online on Curzon Home Cinema, Google Play and Amazon.



Female nominees / winners:
Alice Birch (writer)
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (producer)
Florence Pugh (actress)
Naomi Ackie (actress)
Ari Wegner (DOP)
Holly Waddington (costume designer)
Jacqueline Abrahams (production designer)
Sian Wilson (make-up & hair designer)
Shaheen Baig (casting director)

Watch online on Google Play and Amazon.



Female nominees / winners:
Clio Barnard (writer / director)
Tracy O’Riordan (producer)
Ruth Wilson (actress)

In cinemas now.



Female nominees / winners:
Deborah Haywood (writer / director)
Lily Newmark (actress)

Follow on Twitter for latest screenings.




Female nominees / winners:
Carol Salter (director / producer)

Keep an eye on their site for latest screenings.



Female nominees / winners:
Kate McLarnon (director)
Sky Neal (director)
Elhum Shakerifar (producer)

In cinemas now - follow on Twitter for more!



Female nominees / winners:
Daisy-May Hudson (director)
Alice Hughes (producer)
Claire O’Neill (producer)

Currently unavailable to watch :(



Female nominees / winners:
Lucy Cohen (director)
Julia Nottingham (producer)
Tessa Treadaway (producer)

Watch on Netflix.


Listed below are all 57 women nominated at BIFA 2017.

You can also download the list in spreadsheet form here.

BIFA 2017 Film
BIFA 2017 Nominations
BIFA 2017 Win
Alice Birch WriterLady Macbeth

Best Screenplay

Best Debut Screenwriter

Best British Independent Film

Best Screenplay
Alice Hughes
ProducerHalf WayBest Documentary
Andrea Riseborough
ActorThe Death of StalinBest Supporting Actress
Anna Bertmark
Sound DesignerGod's Own CountryBest SoundBest Sound
Ari Wegner
CinematographerLady MacbethBest CinematographyBest Cinematography
Becki Ponting
Sound DesignerBreatheBest Sound
Carol Salter
Producer / DirectorAlmost HeavenBest DocumentaryBest Documentary
Claire O'Neill
ProducerHalf WayBest Documentary

Cristina Casali Production DesignerThe Death of StalinBest Production DesignBest Production Design
Daisy-May Hudson


Half Way Best Documentary  
Debbie McWilliamsCasting Director Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Best Casting  
Deborah Haywood Writer / Director Pin Cushion Best Debut Screenwriter 
Dinah Collin Costume Designer My Cousin Rachel Best Costume Design  
Elhum Shakerifar  Producer Even When I Fall The Discovery Award  
Emily BeechamActor Daphne Best Actress  
Emily MorganProducer I am Not a Witch 

Breakthrough Producer

Best British Independent Film 

Breakthrough Producer
Eve Stewart Production Designer Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolBest Production Design 
Florence PughActor Lady Macbeth Best ActressBest Actress 
Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly   ProducerLady Macbeth 

Breakthrough Producer

Best British Independent Film

Frances McDormand Actor Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Actress 
Gaby ChiappeWriter Their FinestBest Debut Screenwriter  
Hannah StevensonProducer In Another Life The Discovery Award The Discovery Award 
Hayley Reynolds Producer Williams Best Documentary  
Holly RebeccaCostume Designer I am Not a Witch Best Costume Design 
Holly WaddingtonCostume Designer Lady Macbeth Best Costume Design Best Costume Design 
Jacqueline AbrahamsProduction Designer Lady Macbeth Best Production Design  
Jan SewellHair & Make-up Designer Breathe Best Hair & Make-up Design  
Julene PatonHair & Make-up Designer I am Not a Witch Best Hair & Make-up Design  
Julia Nottingham
ProducerKingdom of Us Best Documentary 
Julie Walters Actor Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Best Supporting Actress  
Juliette GrandmontProducer I am Not a Witch Best British Independent Film 
Kate McLarnon DirectorEven When I Fall The Discovery Award 
Katy Jackson Producer Bad Day for the Cut Breakthrough Producer  
Kelly Macdonald Actor Goodbye Christopher Robin Best Supporting Actress  
Layla Merrick-Wolf 

Casting Director 

God's Own Country Best Casting 
Lily Newmark ActorPin Cushion Most Promising Newcomer 
Lisa Hague Producer Isolani The Discovery Award  
Lucy Cohen Director Kingdom of Us Best Documentary  
Manon Ardisson Producer God's Own Country 

Breakthrough Producer

Best British Independent Film 

Best British Independent Film 
Margaret Mulubwa  Actor I am Not a Witch Best Actress 
Nadia StaceyHair & Make-up Designer Journeyman Best Hair & Make-up Design   
Naomi Ackie Actor Lady Macbeth 

Best Supporting Actress

Most Promising Newcomer

Most Promising Newcomer
Nicole StaffordHair & Make-up Designer The Death of Stalin Best Hair & Make-up Design  Best Hair & Make-up Design  
Patricia ClarksonActorThe Party Best Supporting ActressBest Supporting Actress
Paula Vaccaro Producer Uncle Howard Best Documentary  
Rebecca Clare-EvansProducer In Another Life The Discovery Award The Discovery Award  
Rungano Nyoni Writer / Director I am Not a Witch 

Best Screenplay

Best Debut Screenwriter

Best Director

Best Debut Director (The Douglas Hickox Award)

Best British Independent Film

Best Director

Best Debut Director (The Douglas Hickox Award)

Ruth Wilson Actor Dark River Best Actress 
Sandy Powell Costume Designer How to Talk to Girls at Parties Best Costume Design 
Sarah CroweCasting Director The Death of Stalin Best Casting Best Casting
Sarah Halley Finn  Casting Director 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Casting 
Sarah Hamilton  Producer Williams Best Documentary 
Shaheen Baig Casting Director Lady Macbeth, God's Own Country Best Casting 
Sian WilsonHair & Make-up DesignerLady Macbeth Best Hair & Make-up Design 
Sky Neal Director Even When I Fall The Discovery Award 
Suzie HarmanCostume Designer The Death of Stalin Best Costume Design 
Tessa Treadaway Producer Kingdom of Us Best Documentary 

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