Little change for women, black or Asian directors, says new report

Posted Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

It's been a year of enormous upheaval for the film industry, but a new report analysing the directors of top-grossing US films has found 'no meaningful change in over a decade' for female, black and Asian directors. The report, authored by Dr Stacy L Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, combined data on the gender, race, and age of 1,223 filmmakers working on 1,100 top-grossing films released between 2007 and 2017. The analysis also focused on women in executive and leadership positions at major media companies.

Some key findings on gender from the study include:

- Across 11 years and 1,100 movies, 96% of all directors were male and 4% were female. This translates to 22 male directors hired to every one female director.

- Only four black female directors, two Asian female directors, and one Latina were hired to direct across 1,100 popular movies.

- Male directors start their careers earlier (20s) than female directors and some continue working into their 70s and 80s. The latter is not the case for women directors.

Read the full report here


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Enter Flicks4Chicks and shine a light on women and minorities

Posted Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

The Different Faces Different Voices International Film Festival returns to Cambridge, Massachussetts 27-29 June 2018, featuring the Flicks4Chicks short film contest. It's a fantastic opportunity for WIFT members to shine, and to highlight the voices of women and minorities. And, you can use your WIFT member code* and get a 20% discount off the entry fee! *Code is 2018hssw20dfdv

There are a few rules - your films must:

- feature a woman as one of the central characters (men can be featured too!)

- must have at least one woman in a creative leadership role - producer; writer; director; main actor; editor

- must be based on one of the 100 loglines the festival team has created

- be 10 minutes or under in length

- be submitted by April 8, 2018

Already have a film completed? Check out the Casting A Light submission categories focusing on documentaries and narrative films that explore a range of minority voices.

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