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Female Cinematographers Band Together to Form New Collective

Female Cinematographers Band Together to Form New Collective

Female cinematographers are banding together to form a new a collective aimed at giving a public face their “often overlooked” minority in the industry. The newly formed International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) is billed as “a growing collective of professional Cinematographers from around the US and the world.” 

Per their official announcement, “the aim of the collective and web presence is to establish that female Directors of Photography are not, in fact, an anomaly…Individually ICFC members identify as simply Cinematographers — without gender qualifiers. However, as a group, they’ve found it useful to organize around gender until such time as women cease to be perceived as statistical anomalies or token hires behind the lens.”

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As one board member commented, “Though they are indeed technical wizards, Female DPs are by no means magical or imaginary; our rarity is often overstated, while our under-employment is frequently overlooked.”

Current members include Sandra Valde, Tarin Anderson, Liz Yarwood, Savannah Bloch and many more. The majority of its members are from the film world, specifically in narrative spaces, though its membership also includes DPs who have worked on music videos, VR and television.

The ICFC recently launched their website, which also includes a detailed database of their current members. You can check it out here.

Check out a trailer for a recent feature helmed by a female cinematographer-turned-director, Reed Morano’s “Meadowland”:

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Low balls

Awesome. I’m starting the low hanging balls collective. Since our talents are now defined just by what’s in our pants. Who’s in?


@lowballs – the business of being a cinematographer is male dominated in all aspects, and as a female dp you always have to prove that you’re as good as the guys. It can be f**** frustrating at times, and therefore very important to discuss and feel ‘normal’ amongst other girl dops. So no – I’m not in, and you don’t know what you’re talking about. Aaand you’re not funny


Let me guess, Low Balls, you’re a straight white male who has no idea what people are talking about when they talk about sexism, because you’ve never once experienced it. Am I right??

Sigrid dyekjær

Good for you! My company Danish Documentary is an all women company producing documentaries, we will look out for you!


We’re doing something similar with our company, but in the photography world. I look forward to seeing what comes of this!

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