Underwire Festival was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. The festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films.
Underwire welcome around 500 short film submissions each year, from which between 50-70 short films are selected for competition. The films often go on to be recognising at leading festivals and garner multiple awards. Operator went on to win the 2016 BAFTA for Best Short Film after screening at Underwire and winning Best Sound Design for Lisa-Marie McStay at Underwire 2015.
Growing year on year, Underwire has become a BAFTA recognised festival and is working with some of the best independent cinemas in London, including Barbican, BFI Southbank, Prince Charles Cinema, The Castle Cinema, Curzon Cinemas and Rich Mix.