Welcome to the Feminist Film Festival website, thanks for visiting!

Ireland’s Feminist Film Festival is running for the second time in October in Dublin. All profits are, once again, going to a fantastic charity called Sasane and the event is run entirely by volunteers, so we really appreciate your support. Tickets available here.


You might ask why we need to promote and celebrate women in film (great filmmakers as well as great female characters). Well, here’s some food for thought…

*Of the top 2,000 biggest grossing films over the past 20 years…

  • Women accounted for only 13% of the editors, 10% of the writers and just 5% of the directors
  • More than three-quarters of the crew have been men, while only 22% were women
  • Visual effects, usually the largest department for big feature films, had an average of only 17.5% of women, while music had just 16%, and camera and electricals were, on average, 95% male

**In the top grossing films of 2013 women accounted for…

  • 15% of all protaganonists
  • 29% of major characters
  • 30% of all speaking parts
  • The majority of female characters were in their 20s (26%) and 30s (28%). The majority of male characters were in their 30s (27%) and 40s (31%)
  • A higher proportion of male than female characters had an identifiable occupational status. 78% of male characters but only 60% of female characters had an identifiable job/occupation
  • Female characters were more likely than male characters to have an identifiable marital status. 46% of female characters but 58% of male characters had an unknown marital status


NOTE: Anywhere and everywhere that we mention ‘woman/women’ we mean anyone who identifies as a woman.

* Source: British producer and writer Stephen Follows’ July 2014 report

**Source: Center [sic] for the Study of Women in Television and Film
San Diego State University (Research document: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2013 by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D. 2014)

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