Women Of The Lens is back with an online festival celebrating Black women filmmakers 

BY KAT HALSTEAD

Launched in 2017, Women Of The Lens was created to reveal the complexity, diversity and multiplicities of Black women and women of colour, creating an important platform to showcase their work both in front of and behind the camera. 

Now in its fourth year, the 2020 festival is packed full of exciting work from emerging and established filmmakers and it can all be accessed online in the comfort of your living room from now until 14 December. So put your feet up and let’s go!

The programme encompasses everything from shorts just a few minutes long to full, feature-length productions and covers genres from drama, romance and horror to comedy, animation and documentary, spoken word, music and even webseries.

Some of our favourite LGBTQI films include Her&Her, which uses music and poetry to tell the story of a same-sex couple – one black, one white – getting to grips with their differences within the confines of their one-bed flat, Peach Boy Hunting, a short and beautifully rendered animation inspired by old Japanese fables that explores the constructs of gender norms, and Parrallel: The Documentary, in which B Danielle Watkins reflects on being the only African-American filmmaker at the inaugural Cinema Systers lesbian film festival.

There are also films inspired by the pandemic, including Forgotten, a heartwarming lockdown-set drama about two young girls who find a strong connection via paper-plane letters, as well as adorable animation The Moment, told from the point of view of an empathetic (and cute as hell!) Covid-19 virus particle.

If you’re pushed for time, you can watch individual films from as little as £3, or you can get the full festival experience with an all-access pass at £35.

Women Of The Lens runs online until 14 December 2020 with full programme and ticket information available here.

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