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Flatpack's Leading Ladies props to these kick-ass ladies of the industry.

From directors and animators, creators and filmmakers, this year, we have some brilliant women to big up.

This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the achievements of some kick-ass ladies in the film industry. From directors and animators, creators and filmmakers, this year, there are some brilliant women featured in the Flatpack Film Festival.

Daisy Jacobs is an accomplished British animator. We first screened Daisy’s first short, The Bigger Picture back in 2015, and her film The Full Story is in the Shorts competition this year (in Little Wonders, Friday 20 April) Daisy will be one of our guests during Dots & Loops (Thursday 19 April), where she'll be sharing with the audience the short films that have inspired her. Her technique using life-size painting mixed with live elements is really quite unique, and you can get a glimpse of it in the making of her previous film here.

Jessica Ashman is an award winning, British animator, artist, director and arts educator. Her film I Don't Protest, I Just Dance in My Shadow (screening in Artefacts, Saturday 21 April) is an animated film about black women in the art world. There is an excerpt here.

Anna Vasof is a Czech artist and filmmaker and her previous film, the funny and ingenious Down to Earth, was screened at Flatpack Festival back in 2016. This year, her film When Time Moves Faster screens in our Shorts competition (in Artefacts, Sunday 21 April).Plus, she'll also be talking at Unpacked on Thursday, and her installation Self-Portrait will be on display from Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 April.

We’ll be screening Blue My Mind, by Swiss Director, Lisa Brühlmann. This beautiful coming of age story mixes genres; somewhere between Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke and Raw by Julia Ducournau, with a hint of Andersen's Little Mermaid.

Plus, we’ll be showing the feature film Jeune Femme, by French Director Léonor Serraille, which won the Camera d'or in Cannes last May. This funny, charming, chaotic comedy is about the equally chaotic life of a young woman adrift in Paris after a breakup. See the trailer here.

Children’s television guru, Anne Wood will appear at the Midlands Arts Centre to discuss her incredible career producing and creating such iconic shows as Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, and Rosie and Jim.

We are very excited to be screening a work by 89 year old Agnès Varda. Agnes has been making films for more than 50 years, and her work is always inventive, facetious and political. Her last documentary, Faces Places, co-directed with street artist JR, was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it will be screened on Saturday 21 April. We're also showing a documentary short she made in 1968, Black Panthers.

We’re very pleased to champion all of these film heriones this International Women’s Day. #internationalwomensday