Women directors again are virtually missing from another top-tier film festival and this time the culprit is the Toronto Film Festival.
Of the 43 films (the articles say that 51 films have been announced but I only counted 43 in this Variety article including the already announced opening film.)
That’s 5.8% and I am being generous.
If I were going with 51 films, the percentage would be lower. In reality, only two films are solo directed by women, and there is not one North American woman who made the cut on her own. Where are the female Canadian filmmakers?
I seriously cannot believe that there are not more women directed films that could be a part of this lineup. I know that both Taymor and Coppola are premiering at Venice, but Toronto really kicks off award season and it is important that women’s voices are a part of the conversation.
The women directed films announced so far (hopefully they will announce a couple of more as the whole lineup is unveiled) include:
- Kiran Rao’s Mumbai-set “Dhobi Ghat”
- Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s mental health dramedy “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story”
- Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World”
There is not one woman directed film in the North American premiere section.
These numbers are shameful. We need to raise our voices about this.
I think the time has come to start tracking this stuff way more carefully and effectively. This is a story that I keep reporting on over and over again. (Anyone who wants to work on this project, get in touch.)
Toronto unveils lineup (Variety)
Toronto Sets Over 50 Titles For 2010 Fest (IndieWIRE)