Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which usually takes place in Park City, Utah – is not only going digital at festival.sundance.org but also is offering in-person socially distanced screenings and events at drive-in theaters, independent arthouses and other venues around the country.

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Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

“Media images have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and judge our value,” said Geena Davis. “When you see someone like yourself reflected, you take in the message: ‘There’s someone like me, I must belong.’ This is why it’s vital for children to see — from the beginning — fictitious worlds that reflect the real world.”

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Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

“We have now seen two consecutive years of substantial gains for female protagonists, indicating the beginning of a positive shift in representation,” said Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, the report’s author and the executive director of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Elisabeth Moss, Letitia Wright, Claire Foy, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Holland, Tracy Letts, Olivia Williams, Gemma Chan, Will Poulter, Lady Gaga and Adele are among the actors and musicians invited to become part of the academy’s class of 2019.

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

“Women They Talk About” will use what is described as cutting-edge technology to discuss gender roles in the AFI Catalog’s collection of more than 500,000 credits in the first century of the film industry, providing new empirical evidence about employment and gender parity in the film industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, open letter criticizes Venice Film Festival for failing to include female filmmakers, and Martha Stephens’ femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ recently wrapped production in Oklahoma.

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Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

After more than a decade of commissioning research and advocating for change through her Institute on Gender and Media, Geena Davis says that she believes Hollywood may be at a “turning point” regarding gender equality.

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