WE ARE HERE is a series of five artists’ film programmes and installations curated by Tendai John Mutambu for the British Council and LUX, an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices. WE ARE HERE investigates how some of the UK’s most outstanding emerging and established contemporary artists disrupt old narratives and encourage new global discussions on topics such as climate change, national identity, marginality, intimacy, community and the future of the city.
Our focus at the Agenda 14 Short Film Festival was on Environment/Climate Change supporting the COP26 initiative. The Future Ecologies film programme from the WE ARE HERE series was screened at this festival.
At the Colombo International Women's Film Festival, the Radical Intimacies film programme from the WE ARE HERE series was screened. We also supported Melanie Iredale from the UK film sector to participate as a judge for the Colombo International Women’s Film Festival short film competition. Melanie Iredale (she/her) is a film curator and cultural activist. She is the newly appointed Director of Birds’ Eye View, a pathfinder for films by women & non-binary filmmakers and campaigning organisation for equality and diversity in cinema. She is also an Exec Producer on the award-winning REBEL DYKES by Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams’. Prior to this, Melanie served as Deputy Director and Programmer at Sheffield DocFest, 2014-2021, with a background of developing audiences in the North of England for international cinema since 2005. Melanie is regularly invited to speak on issues relating to diversity and ethics in programming, on creating safe spaces in the industry, and on curating LGBTQI+ cinema, with talks and panels including Berlinale’s European Film Market, the Independent Cinema Office, and various festivals. She has served on a number of juries including Nordisk Panorama, ZagrebDox and Encounters, and is a BIFA voter.
At the Jaffna International Cinema Festival, Old World Order/New World Order and Space Between film programmes from the WE ARE HERE series were screened.