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Attempting to provide an alternative to the male-dominated, London-centric film festival circuit, award-winning women-led production company Rianne Pictures will once again be hosting their film festival which celebrates women and non-binary filmmakers.

After 2020’s online event had global success, they’ve gone for a hybrid approach for 2021, with in-person screenings and activities at Stockton’s ARC as well as virtual experiences online throughout the three-day festival which takes place from Thursday 2nd-Saturday 4th September.

Giving a voice to under-represented filmmakers is what drives Women X, and as well as screenings there are opportunities to join panels, workshops and access networking opportunities, with help on hand for filmmakers at any stage of their careers.

Over 70 short films will be screened throughout the festival, which have been broadly categorised into films which delve into personal stories, the world of work, friendship, family, love, motherhood, conversation starting tales, dark secrets and desperate measures. Of particular note are screenings of Julie Ballands’ Mothers Of Invention, the story of Newcastle’s queer club scene of the 80s/90s; Ruth Fadairo’s documentary We Are, which focuses on young black entrepreneurs; Chloe May Law’s Heartthrob, a coming of age drama which confronts the idolised version of a favourite musician when he’s accused of sexual harassment; Gabriela Staniszewska’s terrifying short, I Should Have Run; Crystal Leaity’s short documentary film Motherhood tells of a mother trying to secure a future for her severely disabled son; Susan Emina’s Strong Black Woman?! is an open letter to her daughter; Steff D’Arcy’s Continue To Burn is a dance film which explores female rebellion; Chloe Clarke’s Pulse explores the impact of hate crimes on the LGBT+ community through an intimate dance; and Khalis Kamarul’s The Fight is a fast-paced action comedy set in the midst of 2020’s pandemic lockdown.

An awards ceremony and after party takes place on the Saturday night, and there’s plenty of opportunity to chat with filmmakers during Q&As too.

Women X film festival takes place at ARC, Stockton and online from Thursday 2nd-Saturday 4th September

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