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Filmmaker round-table with director Ella Glendining 

Date Posted: November 20, 2023

Filmmaker round-table with director Ella Glendining

Presented by Northern Ireland Screen and Reclaim The Frame, we welcome the opportunity for filmmakers and creatives of marginalized genders to join a round table conversation with IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? director Ella Glendining.

Is There Anybody Out There? follows filmmaker Ella Glendining’s global search for someone with a body that looks like hers, and explores what it takes to love yourself fiercely as a disabled person in an ableist world.

This groundbreaking documentary premiered at Sundance at the start of this year, has picked up the BFI x CHANEL Filmmaker Award 2023 and the FIPRESCI International Film Critics Prize, and has been nominated for two BIFA awards including Best Debut Documentary.

The event celebrates the film’s release into UK cinemas and comes with a chance to watch a special Reclaim The Frame screening of IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? plus in-person Q&A with Ella Glendining later that evening.

Facilitated by Screen NI and Reclaim The Frame, this round table is free and open to Belfast based filmmakers, documentary makers and artists of all marginalised genders, offering a chance to meet with Ella and each other for an informal conversation about Ella’s creative practice and journey to date. A ticket for the film screening will be offered to all participating.

Round table: Sunday 26 November, 4-5pm @ QFT

Screening + Q&A: Sunday 26 November, 5.45pm@ QFT

To sign up please email [email protected] by Wednesday 22 November.

Ella Glendining is a writer, director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow (2020), dedicated to telling authentic disabled stories. Working across both documentary and fiction, Ella has written and directed short films with backing from Film4, the BFI, Arts Council England, Screen South, and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Her debut feature, IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? is supported by BFI Doc Society, Chicken and Egg Pictures and Creative Scotland. Currently in development is a historical drama feature for the BFI with disabled characters at its core, produced by Janine Marmot, and in post-production is a short comedy-drama called Pyramid of Disunion which she wrote, co-directed with Jessi Gutch.

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? is in cinemas from 17 November, released by Conic:

Reclaim The Frame champions marginalised perspectives in cinema, and connects with audiences through community building and conversation.

Celebrating its 20th year, the charity was founded as Birds’ Eye View in 2003, launched originally as a film festival running each International Women’s Day, and now an organisation that works all year round and across the UK to support, and build audiences for, films by filmmakers of marginalised genders:

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