Sometimes after a step forward, there’s a step back. In 2017, New York Film Festival (NYFF) announced that its main slate lineup featured the most female-directed films in 10 years. This year, it’s back to being below average with just four female-directed films in the lineup of 30.
Even more striking, the festival’s record number of female directed films was only eight in a main slate of 25. That’s only 32% and that’s the highest percentage in 10 years.
Furthermore, NYFF has o date made no mention of an equality pledge, nor has it commented on the inclusion rider circulating in Hollywood. And, it shows.
On a brighter note, each of this year’s roster of female directors were also the writers of their films.
All four female-directed have already been picked up for distribution. Netflix will release Private Life and Happy as Lazzaro (North American Premiere at NYFF), while High Life (U.S. Premiere at NYFF) was recently picked up by A24 and Storyboard Media plans on releasing Too Late to Die Young (U.S. Premiere at NYFF) in Chile.
Read descriptions of the films in Melissa Hanson’s report on THE FEMALE GAZE.