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.
1st Runner up
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.
2nd Runner up
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.
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
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.
INTRODUCING THE JURY
- 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
+ Tessa Collinson
(Film & Event Producer, co-Director of British Independent Film Awards1998-2015)
+ Lyndsey Dearlove
(Head of UK SAYS NO MORE)
+ Eve Gabereau
(Executive Producer & MD, Modern Films)
+ Ginta Gelvan
(Communications Director, Modern Films)
+ Akua Gyamfi
(Founder & MD, The British Blacklist - http://thebritishblacklist.co.uk/)
+ Elise Valmorbida
+ Anna Smith
(Journalist, Broadcaster, Film Critic, Girls On Film podcast - itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/girls-on-film)
+ Donna Peberdy
(Academic & Senior Lecturer of Film & TV, Solent University and Screening Sex)