2019 cohort of leadership training programme for women graduates

The 12 participants of the 2019 edition of Future Leaders In Distribution have graduated. The leadership programme, which was funded by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by BFI and delivered by Birds’ Eye View, aims to increase the percentage of women in leading roles.

Caroline Lersten of Disney receiving her graduation certificate from Ebony Amoroso, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Endeavor Content ©Elzbieta Piekacz

“This is the third time we’ve run Future Leaders In Distribution, which was created as a direct affirmative response to the 2012 film census findings that less than 20% of senior executives and UK film distribution business owners were female,” Birds’ Eye View Director Mia Bays said.

During the event, the participants reflected on their personal journeys in the film industry – past and present – and on how the programme has influenced their professional outlook. Reflecting on the competitive nature of a male-dominated industry, the majority of participants said their confidence had improved dramatically during the course.

As part of the programme, participants received development training and were encouraged to build a strong support network to help them share experiences with other women in the industry. This was cited as being particularly valuable in standing their ground better, especially when dealing with promotions and pay. “I am much less afraid of speaking up, fighting for my ideas, asking questions, applying for jobs, and overall I now have a much higher esteem of my own value and experience,” one participant said.

The graduation event ended with a roundtable discussion with film producer Barbara Broccoli who is a strong advocate of better female representation in the industry and on screen. This was followed by the graduation ceremony at Picturehouse Central. We would like to congratulate the class of 2019.

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