Female Film Leaders was set up as a practical response to the gender imbalance which pervades the film industry.
It is a non-for-profit forum which aims to equip up-and-coming female film industry executives with the inspiration and advice they need to compete successfully at the highest echelons of the film industry. We do this by regularly inviting some of the most senior people currently working in film to come and talk openly about their careers and the lessons that they have learnt to an intimate audience of junior industry executives.
We are privileged to have the support of sponsors Sharp House, Bankside Films, Head Gear Films and Lee and Thompson.
President of Dignity Film Finance
Maggie is currently CEO of Dignity Film Finance, and before this, was US and International Marketing Director at Lucasfilm, leading marketing campaigns for huge box office feature film successes like The Wedding Planner, Men In Black, and the Star Wars franchise. Over the course of her career she's grown more and more particularly invested in diversity on and off-screen in film, looking to center the work and stories of women, and largely underrepresented cultures and races. This is most notable in the films that she's produced, such as Pin Cushion, Brotherhood, and Searching for Sugar Man, the latter of which is a documentary she EP'ed.
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MD of Bonafide Films, Margery Bone
Emma graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First in Economics before gaining experience working in investment banking and biotechnology. Her first job in film was as Sales Executive at Bankside Films. She has produced a feature film, MAKING IT, which premiered at the East End International Film Festival, and currently works in acquisitions at Universal Pictures.
Emma started her career as an Engineer Officer in the RAF and moved into specialist intelligence, completing five tours of Afghanistan. She then worked for film financier Head Gear Films, before founding Sharp House, a film and TV production and finance company with Rebecca and Ian Sharp. Emma was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her work in Afghanistan.
Since graduating from the University of Kingston, Yana has worked on various television programmes as well as producing and directing multiple short films. SLEEPING DOGS is the first feature film Yana produced, which received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and was selected for several international film festivals. Yana is Head of Sales at Bankside Films.