The Surge of Women at Sundance - And What it Means For Filmmaking
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"[I]t's not enough for a festival that's so proud of its work promoting new voices, and for independent film in general, to simply be better than studio competitors. You can't be proud when the bar is so low."
Study: Women Fare Better In Independent Film
"There are more women working in documentary films than narrative films, but Smith said the research finds that 'as commerce moves in, females move out.'"
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"[W]omen have far more success with low-profile projects made outside the studio system."
"[M]ale producers continue to be unnerved by women's stories, especially ones involving sex."
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"There isn't any clear indication that we are in the midst of a long-term upward trend."
"[N]ever before has a study been done that tracks the career trajectories of women directors as well as writers, producers, cinematographers and editors."
More women go the indie route than Hollywood, study finds
"[W]e are better able to move forward raising awareness and understanding of the issue while also crafting effective programs to address the situation."
Study: More femme filmmakers in indies than Hollywood
"[W]omen were most likely to be producers across all behind-the-camera positions."
Findings from the Sundance Institute and Women In Film study:
- Of U.S. films selected for the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012, 29.8% of filmmakers(directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors) were female.
- Across all behind-the-camera positions, females were most likely to be producers. As the prestige ofthe producing post increased, the percentage of female participation decreased. This trend was observedin both narrative and documentary filmmaking. Fewer than one third of all narrative producers but justover 40% of associate producers were female. In documentaries, 42.5% of producers and 59.5% ofassociate producers were female.
- When compared to films directed by males, those directed by females feature more womenfilmmakers behind the camera (writers, producers, cinematographers, editors). This is true in bothnarratives (21% increase) and documentaries (24% increase).
- Females were half as likely to be directors of narrative films than documentaries (16.9% vs. 34.5%).
- Female directors of Sundance Film Festival films exceed those of the top 100 box office films. 23.9%of directors at the Sundance Film Festival from 2002-2012 were female, compared to 4.4% of directorsacross the top 100 box office films each year from 2002 to 2012 that were female.
- 41.5% of the female directors across 1,100 top-grossing movies of the past ten years had been supported by Sundance Institute.
- Five major areas were identified as hampering women’s career development in film:
- Gendered financial barriers (43.1%)
- Male-dominated industry networking (39.2%)
- Stereotyping on set (15.7%)
- Work and family balance (19.6%)
- Exclusionary hiring decisions (13.7%)
- Opportunities exist to improve the situation for women in independent film. Individuals mentioned three key ways to change the status quo:
- Mentoring and encouragement for early career women (36.7%)
- Improving access to finance (26.5%)
- Raising awareness of the problem (20.4%)