This not-for-profit Arts Council-funded arts organisation provides inspiration, support and opportunities for womxn working in film in Devon and Cornwall.
Laura says: “We are artists, filmmakers, programmers, documentary makers, camera operators, sound artists and designers, and film editors who exist to meet the needs of womxn in film in the region and the intersectional realities (difficulties) they face.
“We initially set up in response to comments by womxn filmmakers about absence of opportunities and lingering sexism in the sector.
“In terms of best practice as a networked group, we continue to be inspired by CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) whose models for working with individuals and communities have really helped us to grow as an organisation.
“We aim to provide opportunities through commissions, open calls, workshops, artists’, filmmakers’ and industry professionals’ talks, and other public events.”
Opportunities provided by Cine Sisters SW are forged through collaborations with established cultural partners and with artists/freelancers.
The CIC has just reached its first anniversary, and has an open membership for anyone who identifies as female, works in film and lives in Devon or Cornwall.
Lauren says: “We are peripatetic and work across Devon, with a view to also supporting womxn filmmakers across the South West.
“Plymouth is massively important to that mission, as the largest city in the region, with a vibrant network of creative, cultural and educational organisations and individuals, loads of great venues to host our events and brilliant innovators and entrepreneurs dedicated to social impact.
“We hope that we positively impact womxn working in film in and around Plymouth, and that we offer the broader public the chance to see innovative, new work by local and regional creatives.
“We hope that people take away a strong sense that Plymouth can and does nurture grassroots creative talent, and that the city offers opportunities to make and to see new work, demonstrating that the city is a great place to live and work.
“Our cultural identity is growing and can only get stronger. Initiatives like Meanwhile Spaces really matter as we see the ways in which our high streets can be adapted following lockdown.
“Finding ways to tackle racism and poverty (national concerns, not just Plymouth-centred) and ways to make everyone feel welcome are the challenges going forward.”