In 2018 a Directors UK report, Who’s Calling the Shots?, revealed that there had been a decline in the number of women directing factual TV. The artistic direction of major film festivals is still largely the privilege of male curators, while the running of commercial aspects are left to their female peers. The industry still broadly entrusts its creative decisions and therefore its taste-making to men. While we strive for diversity on screen, our panel discusses whether the dominance of male programmers and directors still relegates women to the role of right-hand man.

Seahorse and The Last Watch, both directed by Jeanie Finlay, and Untouchable , directed by Ursula Macfarlane, are all screening at the festival.

This session will be BSL interpreted.