The percentage of women working as directors and screenwriters in American independent cinema is on the rise, reveals a study, whose site Variety, among others, is the relay. The 2019-2020 period would even be the highest in history in terms of place for women in independent cinema in the United States. In detail, the study indicates that women represent 38% in the field of fiction and documentary feature films, on the works listed for the period 2019-2020 (against 33% in 2018-2019, and 29% in 2017- 2018). Among screenwriters, the trend is also on the rise: women represent 35% in 2019-2020, according to this study (against 32% in 2018-2019, and 26% in 2017-2018).
According to Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, head of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, “the percentage of women working on fiction films has more than doubled in the space of a decade, from 15% in 2008-2009 to 33% in 2019-2020The study confirms in particular that women are more numerous in the documentary genre: in the field of documentary production, we are close to parity, with women representing 47% of this sector.
This study is based on a total of 9,000 films considered over the period from 2008 to 2020.
Find the complete study “Indie Women: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women in Independent Film 2019-2020” here.
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