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Cannes’16: Report on Gender Equality in the European Film Industry

Cannes'16: Report on Gender Equality in the European Film Industry

The European Women’s Audiovisual Network has released a report supported by KERING focused on the issue of women in the entertainment industry. The report is titled “Where Are the Women Directors?”
To download the report in English or French visit HERE

This new study was organized and managed by the EWA Network and carried out with the support and collaboration of its research partners between 2006 and 2013. The network’s representatives – Alessia Sonaglioni and Francine Raveney – will be in Cannes on the occasion of a Women in Motion talk, in the company of Anna Serner, CEO at the Swedish Film Institute.

This study is relevant at several levels:

–          Offering data at European-level on the thematic.
–          Analyzing specifics and inequalities at national-level.
–          EWA also offers best practice and policy recommendations that the network would like to promote at European institutions-level


Some European key findings :
–          Only one in five films in the seven European countries studied is directed by a woman (21%). This means four out five films are NOT directed by a woman.
–          The vast majority of funding resources (namely 84%) go into films that are NOT directed by women. Low funding perpetuates the scarcity of female-directed films in circulation, in turn affecting the markets’ willingness to invest and thus creating a vicious circle.
–          There is a significant difference between the proportion of female directors graduating from film schools (44%) and the overall proportion of female directors working in the industry (24%). That talent exist but the potential is not exploited.

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