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A Call to Action on Behalf of Female Filmmakers

A Call to Action on Behalf of Female Filmmakers

Here’s my latest post on Forbes:

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today and the film world as the world’s press have descended to seek out the next “it girl”, the next “master” and potential year end awards contenders. In leading up to the festival there has been much talk about the role that female filmmakers are playing at this year’s festival. Thierry Fremaux, the festival director, has done a very good job of shifting the narrative and really making people believe that they festival is full of female filmmakers so much so that a headline in a piece in USA Today read Women Filmmakers Take the Spotlight in Cannes. I am quite impressed with his ability to take such sad number for women and to spin them into gold. But no matter what he says and what the media writes, the numbers speak for themselves.

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Michael Davis

I agree with most of your ways to increase the amount of female filmmakers, except for #5. And I don't even really disagree with it from the standpoint that we SHOULD see more films made by women in theaters and on opening night. As a more-than-regular moviegoer, the gender of the movie's director is irrelevant to me. I just want to see a good movie. However, I don't think we can force people to see a movie they don't want to see. And I don't think that is quite what you're suggesting, but I feel it could be read that way. I think it is a top-down approach that has to begin. Studios give women the chance to direct more movies, producing great movies, and then the public will decide if they want to see it or not. The film must be marketed appropriately as well, or at least given every opportunity to succeed. From all that I've read on this issue, it seems that what women directors are rightly fighting for is to be given more opportunities. Success or failure is a byproduct of many different factors after the film is complete. We can suggest that people see more films directed by women, but whether they do or not, is really out of the control of people hoping for equality in the film industry.

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