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Meet Bumble's Female Film Force Finalists — And Apply For Our Mentorship Scheme

We at Bumble combed through a record 1300 applications for our second annual Female Film Force initiative. It was tough given the calibre of entries, but we're proud to present our top 11 finalist filmmakers:  

Julie Robert 

Pauline Quinonero 

Emilia Kurylowicz 

Noumia Film 

Karen Healy 

Megan Moroney 

Clarice Laus 

Helen Gladders 

Joan Iyiola 

Joy Wilkinson 

Theresa Varga 

This talented, diverse group of creatives all centred their ideas around strong women protagonists, highlighting narratives too often underrepresented on our screens. 

The subjects of their short films range from mental health and ageism to body confidence and postnatal depression — all issues affecting women of all ages across Europe. 

The final five filmmakers will be announced in early June following a development period and an inclusive pitch process with film figures from France, Germany, and the UK. 

Bumble will fully fund five short film projects comprised of women writers, directors, and producers, with at least a 50/50 gender split on set. They will be granted £20,000 (€22,000) each for their projects and mentored throughout the process in a focused effort to address the gender imbalance within the film industry worldwide. 

Today, we at Bumble are also announcing a film mentoring scheme open to our app community. This new scheme will help ensure women interested in a film career are given access to a strong network of industry figures who can support and empower them. 

We'll be hosting educational sessions with industry experts in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany. Budding filmmakers can apply via the app in Bumble’s Bizz mode. 

Workshop 1: PRE-PRODUCTION 

Learn all you need to know to start a career in film. This session will cover an introduction to short film making, how to find your team, and script writing for a short film. 

These sessions will take place on 18th July in the UK and at mutually agreeable dates in July for the 1:1s in Germany, France and Ireland. 

Applications are open now via the Bumble app.

Workshop 2: PRODUCTION 

This session will cover key roles when making a film, an industry insider’s tips for a happy set, and very importantly, how to manage a budget.

These sessions will take place in September (exact date to be confirmed).

Applications will open at a later date and you will be notified via the Bumble app.

Workshop 2: POST-PRODUCTION 

Tackling your edit can be daunting. We’ll show you how to manage it professionally. This session will also cover how to talk about your film once it’s made, including building a profile and how to sell your film.

These sessions will take place in November (exact date to be confirmed).

Applications will open at a later date and you will be notified via the Bumble app.