Building on the current dynamics and debates that have emerged from the recent campaigns for gender parity, this panel will discuss the practical concerns of carving out a career faced by women in the UK film industry and explore deliberate actions that can be taken now.

The panel features a highly creative range of female and male talent, who bring their experience of working in film to create an active exchange with the audience to discuss how we can actively support the next generation of film professionals.

This is an interactive panel session, including discussion with the audience, a Q&A and post panel networking lunch (included).

This event is FREE with INDIs Day or Weekend Pass. To book please purchase a pass and then log in to your account to add the event to your shopping basket. It will then be discounted to £0.00. Limited to one ticket per person.

Panel members include:

Ulrike Kubatta (Chair, Producer & Senior Lecturer in Film & TV Practice, DeMontfort University)

Ulrike Kubatta

Ulrike Kubatta is an award winning documentary producer/director and the Creative Director and CEO of Showdown Films. Her work has screened nationally and internationally at film festivals, cinemas, museums and galleries. Her feature documentaries investigate ideas of female trailblazers, heroism and personal transformation and take an innovative and creative approach to the documentary genre.
Her current feature documentary, Every Boy Wants A Toy Gun, is an impressionistic portrait of a young man from northern England and his obsessive pursuit of a heroic life.
Ulrike is the Founder and Director of the newly established DocHub at De Montfort University (Leicester) and a Senior Lecturer in Film & Media practice.

Annabelle Pangborn (Director, Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University)

Annabelle Pangborn

Annabelle trained as a musician and composer at the London College of Music, and as a filmmaker at the Royal College of Art. She has worked extensively in film and television as a composer and sound designer on award winning drama, documentary, dance film and experimental animation. She is also a writer and has produced films through her own production company and released through Columbia Tri Star (Stung, dir. S. Williams) and the BFI (Once Seen, dir. S. Williams). Annabelle’s research focuses on the theatre of haptics and performative narratives alongside a developing study of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and the textural power of the human voice.
She has been a guest speaker and consultant for the School of Sound in London, Europe and Asia. She was formerly Head of Editing, Sound and Music progressing and Head of Full Time Curriculum at the National Film and Television School, UK. She has taught throughout Europe and America including ifs International Filmschule, Cologne; ECITV, Cuba; Binger FilmLab, Amsterdam; Porto Digital, Brazil; La Femis, Paris; NRK, Oslo; KASK University of the Arts, Ghent; and Med Film Factory, Jordan. She was appointed Director of the Northern Film School in 2017.

Kolton Lee (Writer & Director)

Kolton Lee

Kolton is an award winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. He has made two independent feature films, CHERPS and FREESTYLE, a comedy and urban romance, respectively; and his novel THE LAST CARD, is a crime thriller set in the twin worlds of boxing and gambling. Kolton is currently working on his latest feature film, THE LAGAHOO, a horror film set in contemporary London.
Kolton has taught Screenwriting and Directing at a number of different institutions, both in the UK and abroad and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Practical Filmmaking at Kingston University.

Lisa Brook (Director, Live Cinema UK)

Lisa Brook

Lisa is the director of Live Cinema UK and has worked in film exhibition for 8 years. Live Cinema UK is the country’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema events. Based in West Yorkshire, we curate innovative programmes and new art works inspired by the moving image, advising and partnering with cultural promoters regionally (Leeds International Film Festival, Screen Yorkshire, Sheffield Doc/Fest), nationally (BFI Film Audience Network, National Media Museum, This Way Up Conference) and now internationally (Motovun, Reykjavik and Wroclaw New Horizon Film Festivals, Alamo Drafthouse (USA)).
We collaborate with artists including DJ Yoda, Mica Levi, Norman Jay MBE, Reeps One, and Asian Dub Foundation, alongside a variety of digital, VR and performance artists, siting their work in exciting cinematic and non-cinematic festivals and venues. We also provide marketing and audience development consultancy for film festivals and distributors with recent campaigns including grassroots campaign work for I, Daniel Blake, and experiential events for Dad’s Army and Suffragette.
We also offer general film consultancy for film events including on-going programming, fundraising, marketing and development support for a range of exhibitors and festivals across the country, including Leeds International Film Festival, Sneaky Experience, The National Media Museum, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, and Square Chapel Centre for the Arts.

Wendy Cook (Manager, Hyde Park Picture House)

Wendy Cook

Having graduated in Fine Art from Leeds Beckett University in 2005, I began working at Hyde Park Picture House. When taking on the role of General Manager in 2006 I initially worked as a traditional venue manager looking after all key areas of operation at the cinema including finance, facilities, staffing and programme. Over time the needs and opportunities this beautiful 103-year-old venue has provided mean I have moved into a more strategic position. This has included developing and managing key partnerships both locally and nationally and leading on the development of a feasibility study which resulted in a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid in 2016. I am now overseeing the development stage of a major refurbishment project at the venue which will see our beautiful heritage features restored an preserved alongside new accessible facilities, a second screen, a flexible café/bar space and new break out space. This will happen in conjunction with the development of a multi-year activity programme grown out of our exciting pre-existing programme of works.

Alexis Kreager (UK Film Research)

Alexis Kreager

Alexis is a film and television researcher and co-founder of Laghima Ltd and Film Research UK. He was the lead author and research manager for recent reports on equality of opportunity in the film and TV industries, commissioned by the Writers' Guild, Directors UK and the Central Film School, examining the extent and causes of employment inequity and considering potential solutions. As well as continuing to campaign on these issues, he currently works as the campaign organiser for Remain-Labour, a grassroots movement for a People's Vote on the final terms of Britain's exit from the EU; and is the writer/producer for Here be Monsters, an upcoming documentary about the plight of the polar bear.