Despite Progress, Europe’s Film Industry Struggles with Gender Equality – Jennifer Green reports

The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) reports that women represented fewer than one out of four film directors in Europe (23%) between 2016 and 2020. Females made up slightly more producers (33%) and screenwriters (27%), but struggled to have a significant presence in technical positions like cinematographers (10%) and composers (9%). Women directed fewer films than men and were less likely to be sole directors of feature films than their male counterparts. Female producers were involved in 44% of European feature films (alone or in teams), but on average women tended to produce slightly fewer films than men. Women also made up less than half (39%) of lead roles. The Paris-based “Femmes de cinema” Lab initiative’s 2021 study shows that “on average and even today, women are less paid, less subsidized, less programmed than men, and female characters are still too often poor or stereotypical.”

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 18, 2018: SUMMER 1993

motw logo 1-35Carla Simon’s debut feature tells the story of six-year-old Frida, sent to live with relatives after her mother dies of AIDS. Without overplayed emotional notes or bouts of excessive drama, Simon explores Frida’s difficult adjustment as she grapples with changes in her life. As Frida, ten year old Laia Artigas captures your heart. Continue reading…

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