Following the record-breaking opening of the female-led (although not female-directed) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film both onscreen and behind-the-scenes-- and create an infographic based on their findings.
Aside from a handful of notable standouts in the field (Lena Dunham, Kathleen Kennedy, Ava Duvernay and Diablo Cody), the news from the NYFA isn't good (although, one recent encouraging sign: women directors outnumbered the men among the Independent Spirit Awards' Best First Feature and Best Documentary nominees. Women writers were also well represented in the Best Screenplay and Best First Screenplay -- although no woman was nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, or Best International Film).
According to the New York Film Academy blog:
After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it's not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year's Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women's exposure and power in big-budget films.
Check out their infographic below: