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Circle - Jayisha Patel 

A haunting portrait of a rape survivor, caught in the devious ploys of her own family.

Through the poignant and personal story of 13 year old Khushbu, Circle explores her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated the rape, and her child marriage to a man she does not know. 
With astonishing access, and crafted with the artistry of a narrative film, Circle is a moving and poetic contemplation of the human spirit and its resilience.


Everybody’s Business - Miranda Stern

Told through a fictional protagonist's vlog, this film explores gender-based violence in the workplace - something which 1 in 3 women experience, but only 22% of whom ever report. 
'If we want things to change then this really has to become ‘everybody’s business’.' 
The end of the film poses a very direct challenge: transformation must include men if change is going to happen.


Silence - Fiona Compton

Silence is a film made in conjunction with Not Asking For it - a campaign aimed at stopping abuse against women. Touching on the knock on effect of child abuse into adulthood, 'Silence' is an emotional insight into abusive relationships. 

Written by spoken word poet Curmiah Lisette - this film was a collaboration with Not Asking For it founder Fiona Compton to provide a rarely seen perspective on abuse. 

In partnership with UK SAYS NO MORE, we are showing one short film each day of the 16 Days of Activism from this Sunday 25th Nov to 10th December here, ending with a special screening of all 16 films at Film4 on Tuesday December 11th, with one winning filmmaker receiving the opportunity to make the new UK Says No More PSA.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence is an annual campaign. It uses the 16 days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and International Human Rights Day (10th December) to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue, and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.

Special thanks to UK SAYS NO MORE, National Film and Television School, Film4, Monroe Creative Studio, Hestia Charity and all those filmmakers who entered the 16 Films competition.

- for our 16 Days 16 Films competition -

Our jury members will be choosing three winning films from our 16 shortlisted, to be announced at our special screening event on Tuesday 11th December at Film4 

One filmmaker will win the opportunity to direct the new UK Says No More PSA, with two runners up receiving a prize.

16 DAYS 16 FILMS JURY 2018:

+ Clare Anyiam-Osigwe
(Co-Director of BUFF, BUFF Originals & On Point Communications, Writer, Director, Actor)
+ Lolita Chakrabarti
(Actor, Writer)
+ Tessa Collinson
(Film & Event Producer, co-Director of British Independent Film Awards1998-2015)
+ Lyndsey Dearlove
+ Eve Gabereau
(Executive Producer & MD, Modern Films
+ Ginta Gelvan
(Communications Director, Modern Films
+ Akua Gyamfi
(Founder & MD, The British Blacklist -
+ Elise Valmorbida
(Author, Producer)
+ Anna Smith
(Journalist, Broadcaster, Film Critic, Girls On Film podcast -
+ Donna Peberdy
(Academic & Senior Lecturer of Film & TV, Solent University and Screening Sex)

The official selection of 16 Days 16 Films Competition 

Kontrol Directed by Simona Mehandzhieva 

Match Day Directed by Katie Mallinder 

My Journey Directed by Ana Ladislau 

People You May Know Directed by Louisa Fielden 

Rage Directed by Maisie Bruno 

Sick of it Directed by Olly Banks 

Silence Directed by Fiona Compton 

Voices Directed by Ellie Hodgetts 

Circle Directed by Jayisha Patel 

Cracked Directed by Ioana Bulai 

Domestic Policy Directed by Alicia MacDonald 

Everybody’s business Directed by Miranda Stern 

11 Directed by Miranda Stern 

First Kiss Directed by Ali Aschman 

The Grey Area Directed by Katie Clark 

Just Ask for it Directed by Jacquie Drager