Years running: 9 (since 2010)

Underwire Festival

Women's Short Film Festival in UK.


UnderWire’s founders Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell launched the festival in 2010 with the belief that women working in the UK film industry needed more encouragement and a bigger platform for their work. The fact remains that women still make up a small proportion of film creatives, and UnderWire looks to recognise the best short work made by women across a range of crafts – from director to cinematographer; screenwriter to editor. UnderWire believes that a more gender balanced industry will benefit everyone by creating a diversity of perspectives, stories and experiences for audiences.


  • Drama,
  • Animation,
  • Documentary,
  • Music video,
  • Artist film.


  • Best Director,
  • Best Producer,
  • Best Writer,
  • Best Editor,
  • Best Cinematographer,
  • Best Composer,
  • Best Sound Designer,
  • Best Actor,
  • Under 25 (for outstanding work by a female practitioner aged 15-25),
  • XX Award.


All feature film entries must be: 

  • Directed by a woman
  • Completed by November 2016
  • Not screened in London in advance of Underwire Festival.
  • The film must be the first or second feature film made by the director

Screening Media Type: DCP

Audio language: original
Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival director: Anna Bogutskaya

Programme coordinator: Giulia Simone



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 01, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 30, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    July 15, 2018
  • Notifications
    September 24, 2018
  • Event dates
    16 — 25 November 2018
Categories & Fees

Feature film from first and second time women directors.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35

Under 25 minutes long including credits.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25

Underwire Festival is looking to showcase the most exciting feature film from first and second time women directors.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
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