WHY A FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL?
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
A WEE LOOK AT LAST YEAR
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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