Creative Edge

Oscar winning British filmmaker Mia Bays visited Edge Hill University this week where she spoke to students about her career, her concerns over the lack of diversity in the industry, and her views on this year’s Academy Awards nominations.

As well as sharing her knowledge of the film industry with the University’s media students, Mia also had an insight into her view on the ongoing diversity issue.

“I’m glad that it is just starting to get very heated because I think, you know, the ‘Oscars so white’ (movement) started last year and I think it’s just getting worse.

“For instance, I thought Creed was a fabulous film and Michael B Jordan was fabulous in it. I thought Idris Elba was stunning as well in Beasts of No Nation, and both of those actors should have got a best actor or supporting actor nomination,” she continued.

“There’s also a gender equality issue, with only two women nominated in the directing categories; one in documentary and one in foreign language. This topic is just getting really heated and I think it’s good because it will affect change,” she said.

Ms Bays, who produced the Oscar winning short Six Shooter spoke to Edge Hill media students about the film industry.

Mia said the British and international film industries are in an exciting state of flux with an abundance of opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.

“I would say my top tips are to look at what’s not being done, at the gaps in the market. Look at what’s not being made right now.

“I think it’s an interesting time because you can actually run portfolio careers, you don’t have to necessarily get a traditional film job. You can do a lot of different freelancing gigs and that there’s a lot of opportunity that you can make for yourself and that’s really exciting,” she said.

Mia Bays is and an Oscar-winning film Producer and Marketing Consultant with over 16 years’ experience at the commercial end of the UK and European film business, in distribution, marketing and sales, latterly financing and production.

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