Archive

HOLLY BLAKEY

It feels like a dream – dancers lope around corridors of a gorgeous modernist house, each using their bodies to explore the limits of the space. At times, they collide, limbs melting into one another, but there’s a deep sense of solitude that pervades. Holly Blakey, director and choreographer, frames [...]

SARAH MCCOLGAN

The Free The Bid team has been loving Charli XCX‘s star-studded new video for her song “Boys” since it dropped on Wednesday. Seems like the rest of the world is loving it too – “Boys” has already racked up an impressive 5 million views at the time of this post. [...]

EMILY GURLAND

Age ain’t nothing but a number for talented director Emily Gurland, currently a student at Tisch. Her work has a clarity of vision that’s rare for a director at any stage of her career, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her. Emily Gurland is a born and [...]

DAISY ZHOU FOR NIKE

June is Pride Month, and it’s a perfect time to showcase the beautiful work of Daisy Zhou, whose videos for Nike, featuring transgender vogue dancer Leiomy Maldonado, have been garnering quite a bit of attention for the young director.  Growing up between Shanghai and rural Pennsylvania, the one constant Daisy [...]

FCB STATS

This month, we’ve received some amazing statistics from our friends at FCB about Free The Bid’s implementation. FCB is one of the agencies that took the pledge to #freethebid early on, and they’ve been seeing overwhelmingly positive results of giving women an equal shot!   “This is a 6 months update [...]

AIRBNB TAKES THE PLEDGE

Success! Another MAJOR brand has taken the Free The Bid pledge, committing to support women directors! We’re thrilled to announce that Airbnb is now a pledged brand. This means that for every ad campaign, Airbnb has agreed to include at least one female director in the bidding process. This is [...]

CP + B STATS

“Free the Bid’s work to raise awareness and transparency of the issue has motivated us to help change the stats. For us, it is not about filling a quota by giving opportunity to female directors regardless of talent, it is about the extra push to discover the best female directors [...]

FREE THE BITCH Pt. 2

Second part of 1.4 curator and editor Lyndy Stout’s showcase of recent female directors’ work that she loves… Olya Oleinic  Production Company: Halal Maison The Faux, Chubby Chaiser I like rummaging around Amsterdam-based Halal’s roster because there’re always some hidden gems like this CG film in photographer Olya Oleinic’s portfolio. It’s [...]

THE AD COUNCIL

Free The Bid is proud to be partnering with the Ad Council, the leading producer of public service advertisements in the United States for over 75 years. The Ad Council is the non-profit behind well-known and iconic campaigns including Smokey Bear, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” and [...]

FREE THE BITCH Pt. 1

 1.4 curator and editor Lyndy Stout goes on a bender of watching the latest films, commercials and music videos directed by women.  Here are a few of her favourite current hot pieces. Although these directors are all brilliant at working with agency creatives and shooting scripted commercials, she’s opted to show [...]

A.V. ROCKWELL

Introducing Little Minx director A.V. Rockwell, one of the most recent additions to the Free The Bid family! A.V. Rockwell is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York. Acknowledged as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her work which includes the short film collection Open City Mixtape, [...]

AGENCIES ON PLEDGING

Since Free The Bid’s launch in late 2016, some of the world’s TOP AGENCIES have joined us. FCB, gyro, Digitas and McCann have not only taken the pledge, but have provided the case studies below, showing how Free The Bid can be utilized to get AMAZING directors hired for AMAZING [...]

RAINE ALLEN MILLER

Meet Raine Allen Miller, one of the newest additions to our database of signed directors! She is currently signed to Somesuch.  Her first music video for Salute’s track ‘Storm’ was inspired by Brexit and is a celebration of immigration and made her one of It’s Nice That’s ‘one-to-watch’. She’s since helmed projects [...]

MINHAL BAIG

We’re excited to add recently signed writer/director Minhal Baig to our database of signed directors! In January, Minhal was signed to StrangeLove in the US and UK. Minhal Baig graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. She is a current member of Film Fatales. [...]

ON GETTING SIGNED, WITH JAVA JACOBS

    Java Jacobs is twenty-five, talented, and recently signed. Her story is unusual. After winning awards for a short film she made in school, Java invested the award money into making a spec commercial for Canal+ that went viral and, after airing duringthe Olympics, continues to air today! This [...]