Leading film talent backs Summit bid to encourage more women into the movie industry

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An award winning documentary film editor will lead a panel discussing opportunities for women in the TV and film industry at the Bradford International Film Summit.

The seminar – Women Making Movies – will hear from four women with a fascinating array of experience, from documentary making to sound and video game design.

The panel will be led by international film and documentary editor, Susan Brand who has worked for the BBC and Channel 4, and overseen productions in New York.

Susan Brand said: “I am always delighted to share my love of editing as for me this is where film storytelling really happens. Editing is almost magical as it can shape your film into the very best it can be.  I’m really looking forward to coming to the Bradford International Film Summit and sharing my knowledge with new audiences.”

Bradford UNESCO City of Film Director, David Wilson said: “We’re delighted to have such talented and high profile women speaking at the Summit, and I hope the session will encourage more women who might be thinking about going into TV and film to take the next step.”

Women Making Movies is part of the three-day Bradford International Film Summit being held from 4-6 March 2015. Delegates from UNESCO Creative Cities from around the world will be attending the summit designed to showcase the many benefits – economic, cultural and educational – that being a UNESCO City of Film can bring.

The panel:

Charu Desodt is a senior games producer. She currently works for Microsoft in their Lift London studio. She designed the game Singstar 10 years ago which is still in the top 30 British games ever produced. In 2014 she was named one of only 18 Breakthrough Brits by BAFTA.

Susan Brand is an Editor and Story consultant for documentary films. She has edited high end TV documentary and independent films in London and for 6 years in New York. Several of the films she has worked on have won awards or been nominated including Wonders of the Universe with Brian Cox nominated for Best Science series at BAFTA.

Jen works as first and second assistant sound on television drama and feature films. Her work includes Last Tango in Halifax, Rev and Testament of Youth. She was part of the team who won Best Sound at the BAFTA television craft awards in 2014 for Dancing on the Edge directed by Steven Poliakoff

Satnam has been working as a self shooting director for television for 5 years. Her work includes films on hoarding, hospitals and kids who get a scholarship to Eton which was nominated for an RTS award for Best Childrens Programme and also best director by the Cultural Diversity Awards in 2014.