SCI-FI-LONDON and London Girl Geek Dinners presents an evening of geek girls in film…

If you do a google search for ‘women in film BAFTA 2011’ two of the first four hits are about red carpet fashion. Looking though the 2011 BAFTA nominations it seems like women are mostly only taken seriously in film if they are actors or doing hair, make-up and costumes. Leilani Holmes and Anna Higgs have both had successful careers in a male-dominated field and are joining SCI-FI-LONDON and the London Girl Geek Dinners to present about how they make use of new media, crowd sourcing content and engage with collaborative filmmaking forums to challenge the glass ceiling.

Leilani Holmes is short film maker, screen writer and actor who co-runs a collaborative filmmaking group www.ottfilms.co.uk/forum and blogs for the London Screenwriters Festival.

Anna Higgs is a producer with a background in the world of BAFTA-award winning interactive ‘edutainment’ and has been involved the production of a wide range of games, as well as managing digital media projects for a diverse range of clients including Sony, Sainsbury’s, BskyB, Telewest and the BBC.  In 2006 Anna completed her MA in Producing at the NFTS, and founded Quark Films with producer Gavin Humphries.

Quark is a company working across drama, documentary and animation for theatrical, TV and digital platforms with credits as diverse as feature doc THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS, DVD tour film THE MIGHTY BOOSH: FUTURE SAILORS TOUR and BOY CHEERLEADERS for BBC Wonderland and music videos for the Arctic Monkeys.  Anna was recently selected as a finalist for the British Council’s Young Screen Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 and is a NESTA Fellow on the prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership programme 2010/11.

The wine we will be quaffing are from the Dinastia Vivanco winery and fabulous wine museum in Rioja (Spain).  The white wine  (Vivanco Blanco) is a blend of Viura and Malvasia from 2009.  If this sounds fabulous and you’d like to know more, check www.dinastiavivanco.com and become a fan of the Dinastia Vivanco wine Facebook page to show you appreciate them providing the wine.  We’ll also be asking volunteers to just chat about or give their opinoons on wine in general on the night as well so please do volunteer 30sec of your time if you can

Full Details:

Date & Time: Thursday, 28th April 2011, 6.30pm

Venue: Apollo West End Theatre, 19 Lower Regent Street, SW1 4LR; nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus, Directions here

Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and SCI-FI-LONDON

Food & Drink: Drinks and nibbles in the bar, from 6.30pm

Attendees: As usual, men allowed as a guest of a LGGD member.

Tickets: Available from Wednesday 13th April at: http://scifi-london.eventbrite.com/

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