Stretching the Limits of Cinema

An encouraging contradiction to the male gaze that so easily dominates film, Emilia Reid’s GirlGaze is a simple yet effective alternative. By framing a woman’s story through another woman’s lens, a noticeable shift in focus and movement can be felt, and the structure of the collaboration between filmmaker and subject is altered. 

Shot in black and white and tailing a young woman as she goes about her day to day activities from fixing her hair to shopping in the market, London-based filmmaker and writer Emilia Reid draws beauty out of the seemingly mundane through her instinctual direction, and shows the moments that narrative short films so often dismiss as unimportant. 

Reid is a photographer and director with a primary focus in comedy and commercial filmmaking. Her short films have played in festivals throughout the UK and internationally, and has been featured in The Independent, The Evening Standard and The Telegraph.

GirlGaze played in the experimental strand of Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which showcases multi-layered and provocative shorts from filmmakers hailing from far and wide, Inspired by art, history and culture and interpreted in ambitious new ways across moving image, analogue film and digital content.  Conventional narrative and cinematic limits are stretched, offering an utterly unique viewing experience. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-Qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.