St Albans Film Festival 2014 is making headlines again by introducing the Bechdel Award. It will be awarded to the best short film which passes the Bechdel Test. The Bechdel Test is a very simple set of rules about the representation of women on screen, created to address the gender bias in cinema.
Festival director Leoni Kibbey commented: “This year the festival’s theme is Birds & Flight and it will be focusing on women and birds and flight in film-making, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. So we have decided that we will give a special award to the best short film that passes Bechdel, and all feature films to be screened this year will have to pass the test too.” The festival will be screening films which don’t pass the Bechdel Test, but it’s fantastic to see such a high-profile event highlighting the inequality in gender, both on screen and behind the camera.
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