Smoke Sauna Sisterhood Circle

We are excited to invite applications for the Smoke Sauna Sisterhood Circle, a unique and enriching session led by acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Sundance Directing Award winner, Anna Hints. 

About the Session

This intimate, screen-free, and participatory event is open to Scotland-based documentary and non-fiction moving image filmmakers, cinematographers, and producers of marginalised genders. It provides a safe, inclusive, and supportive space designed to open a discussion about work experiences and challenges in a non-judgmental environment, and exploring ways to reclaim your space in the industry.

The Circle will also focus on ‘physicality’, delving into crucial topics such as portraying nudity with an empathetic gaze, building a visual language that resonates with your vision, understanding the nuances of consent in filmmaking, and the camera's influence on the narrative. 

Participation will also include a ticket to watch Smoke Sauna Sisterhood at the Glasgow Film Theatre on the evening of the 13th of October, which will be followed by an in-conversation with director Anna Hints, hosted by Reclaim The Frame.  


How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Deadline: noon on Monday 9th October

We will inform those selected shortly after the deadline. 


Ticket information

We encourage early applications to secure your place. Tickets are available at a flexible, pay-what-you-can rate (£4/£6/£8/£10).

Travel and accessibility bursaries are available and will be considered on an individual basis, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder participation.



We aim to create a comfortable environment for the session, including bean bags, comfort breaks and refreshments.  

To find out more about accessibility at GWL click here, and at GFT, click here.


Anna Hints is an Estonian film director with a background in contemporary art and experimental folk music. Anna has deep roots in the distinct culture of South Estonia. As an active dumpster diver, Anna’s short documentary For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives initiated public discussion and growth of new grassroots movements against food waste in Estonia. Anna’s first feature length film Smoke Sauna Sisterhood premiered at the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Competition in January 2023 and received the Directing Award.

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood Circle is presented by SDI in collaboration with Reclaim The Frame and Conic Films.


13 October 2023, 04.00PM - 06.30PM


Glasgow Women's Library
23 Landressy St, Bridgeton
Glasgow G40 1BP
United Kingdom
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£4.00 GBP