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1.4 AWARDS – 2018

(l-r) Charlotte Regan, Knucklehead MD Tim Katz, Ore Okenedo, and freelance EP Katie Dolan at the 1.4 awards party   Last week, the 1.4 Awards Showcase and party took place on Wednesday, November 21st at The Oval Space in London. “1.4’s criteria for brilliant filmmaking is for those pieces that [...]

WOMEN DIRECTORS AT SUNDANCE 2019

Yesterday, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival revealed their lineup of the 112 films, selected from a record-breaking pool of 14,259 submissions, that will screen across the festival’s 10 major categories, including the U.S. competition, world competition and NEXT sections. The Free The Bid team was delighted to see that 4 [...]

SAVANAH LEAF – THE AYES HAVE IT

Today, the poetic work of Free The Bid director Savanah Leaf, who recently signed to the roster of production company Lief, is featured on global media platform i-D. Free The Bid’s Communications and Content Manager, Chloe Coover, interviews Savanah on her short film “The Ayes Have It,” its political themes, [...]

CARA STRICKER – A-Z OF AALIYAH

Today, the director’s cut of Cara Stricker‘s lush tribute to gone-too-soon R&B icon Aaliyah, created for Vice, i-D, and MAC Makeup, has been selected as a Short Of The Week! “Stricker takes the tired “A – Z format” and bends it out of recognition, privileging visual and audio flow over [...]

JESSY MOUSSALLEM – HEART OF SKY + EMBRACE

There’s no mistaking one of Jessy Moussallem‘s visionary films. Signed with Phantasm and Caviar, Jessy’s signature visual sensibility takes its cues from her home country of Lebanon; it’s a vision shaped by “people I’ve met and stories I’ve heard.” Last year, Jessy burst onto the scene with her arresting (and [...]

FIONA JANE BURGESS – PEAKES, STILL LIFE

Loss permeates through Lez Creative director Fiona Jane Burgess‘s haunting music video for PEAKES’ “Still Life.” Based on a deeply personal moment in the director’s life, “Still Life”‘s visual provides a balance to offset the piercing, somber beauty of frontwoman Molly Puckering‘s vocals. Individual women, closed off from one another [...]

NADIRA AMRANI – FLY

When director Nadira Amrani was first introduced to South London’s British-Nigerian MC Flohio, she knew she had found the long-awaited subject for the contemporary take on a classic tale that she had been working on. “Wow,” Nadira recalls thinking, “I’ve found Icarus, and she’s a woman.” Flash forward two years, [...]

FREE THE BID – MONTREAL

Last week, our Executive Director Emma Reeves traveled to Montreal to strengthen Free The Bid’s foothold in Montreal’s advertising industry! On Tuesday, November 6th, Emma met with a group of women directors (Tara Johns, Zoe Pelchat, Melanie Charbonneau, Charlotte Ratel, and Marie-Julie Dallaire) at the Montreal offices of production company [...]

CHLOE SHEPPARD – A MUCH BETTER ILLUSION

London-based director Chloe Sheppard, newly signed to Forever, has a gaze that lingers. In frame after frame of her short film “A Much Better Illusion, Chloe’s lens fixates with laser-beam precision on Sylvie Makower, the film’s sole subject. Sylvie meets the camera’s gaze with her own, confronting viewers head-on. Shot [...]

PITCH COOL

(l – r) Free The Bid team members Mya Dodson, Chloe Coover, and Isabella Kestermann It’s here! The Free The Bid team (Alma Har’el, Emma Reeves, Mya Dodson, Chloe Coover, and Isabella Kestermann) are proud to support the Pitch Cool issue of Pitch Fanzine! Pitch Cool is the latest issue [...]

LILY ROSE THOMAS – GIRLS WHO DRINK

Alcoholism doesn’t always present the same face – in many cases, it can be a painfully familiar one. In her latest short film, “Girls Who Drink,” British writer-director Lily Rose Thomas, signed to the roster of production company MyAccomplice, provides a brutally honest observation of how insidious and mundane problem [...]

KATHARINA HINGST – BLOODY HELL

Camille, the newly 16 year-old protagonist of director Katharina Hingst‘s short film “Bloody Hell,” is becoming a grown woman, but not without a fight. She smashes a perfectly pink shade of lipstick into her mirror; uses the candles on her birthday cake to light a cigarette, buries her fingers suggestively [...]

JEANA THERON x DIAGEO

South African director Jeana Theron‘s latest spot for whiskey brand J&B (which is committed to the Free The Bid cause under global drinks giant Diageo‘s pledge) is a celebration of all that can be achieved through collaboration. Musicians, painters, fashion designers, and other artists come together, creating a unique work [...]

LINA SÖDERSTRÖM x VOLVO

Some advertising tropes die hard: women directors, regardless of their talent and creative prowess, are still rarely give the chance to tackle automotive and sports projects. B-Reel Films Scandinavia director Lina Söderström‘s latest work for Volvo‘s Number 10 scholarship fund, created with agency Animal, brilliantly tackles both fields in a [...]

MALIA JAMES x TOVE LO – BLUE LIPS

On Wednesday, October 17th, director Malia James screened her new 25-minute film “Blue Lips,” made in collaboration with musician Tove Lo, at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles. The duo took a different approach to creating a film as a showcase for the music from Tove’s latest album – instead [...]