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Toronto Film Fest Announces More Films; Only 12% of Lineup So Far Directed by Women

Toronto Film Fest Announces More Films; Only 12% of Lineup So Far Directed by Women

Though the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-14) may prove an effective launching pad for award-hungry actresses, the new lineups announced today affirm our earlier assessment that TIFF just won’t be a great showcase for women directors this year.

The festival announced four new categories totaling 44 new films this morning, and only 6, or 14%, of those were helmed by a female filmmaker. Taking into the account TIFF’s previously announced films, that brings the number of women-directed films to just 12 out of 103, or just under 12% of the festival’s offerings. (More lineups in other categories are forthcoming.)

The lineups revealed today are the genre program Midnight Madness (0 of 9 films directed by women), the auteur-centric Masters (1 of 9 films directed by women; Ann Hui’s The Golden Era), the self-explanatory TIFF Docs (4 of 15 directed by women), and the artsier Vanguard (1 of 11 films directed by women).

Here’s what made the cut at TIFF in those categories:


The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) Ann Hui, China/Hong Kong, North American Premiere


Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ma’a al Fidda) Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syria/France, North American

Sunshine Superman Marah Strauch, USA/Norway/United Kingdom, World Premiere

This Is My Land Tamara Erde, France, World Premiere

The Yes Men Are Revolting Laura Nix and the Yes Men, USA, World Premiere


Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh) Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria, North American Premiere

[via Variety]

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Eve Verlaine

This is a small number of female filmmakers but I would encourage people to cover these female filmmakers with press and coverage of the films that actually are going to be showcasing female talent at Toronto. Toronto will be an excellent showcase for the female filmmakers who will be there. So please also encourage these female filmmakers by supporting their films.


In Toronto Docs: you say 4 of 16 by women. Not to quibble but as long as we're counting, it's worse than that. Of 16 films: 12 by men; 2 by women; and 2 co-directed by man-woman teams. Really Thom?

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