The Cannes Film Festival is one of the key moments on the film world calendar. Women and Hollywood has used the festival to create an international conversation on the lack of opportunities for women to operate at the highest levels of the film business.
Launched #SeeHerNow aimed at highlighting the contribution of women to the film industry, including directors, producers, editors and cinema professionals.
WAYS TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN DIRECTORS
- A list festivals need have gender diversity on all selection committees.
- There needs to be transparency in all the selection processes. (People need to be honest about how films are and aren’t selected.)
- There needs to be gender diversity in the selection committee for all international funding bodies.
- There needs to be gender equality in film funding. Women and men should each get 50% of the pie. (see Sweden)
- People need to support women directors and see their movies (especially on opening weekend)
- When you are putting together a jury, crew, panel or discussion make sure they are all racially and gender diverse.
- Film schools need to support and encourage women to stay in the directing focus, and they need to temper the male privilege (you all know what I mean.)
- Producers looking to staff a movie should ask agencies for names of women directors.
- Film schools should make sure that their faculty is gender diverse.
- And last but not least – just fucking hire women.
“It is the right thing for a jury to be evenly split among men and women and to include diversity at all levels. That makes for better discussions and brings other people’s perspectives into the mix. So while it is great that there are equal men and women this should be the norm,”
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“None of those announcements take away from the fact that the festival still has a problem with including women directors in the main competition,” she writes, adding, “Thus begins the next iteration of the conversation about women directors. Stay tuned for much, much more.”
The glamorous Cannes Film Festival is underway in France. This year, the jury president is director Jane Campion, who is the only female to ever win the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or prize. Campion made headlines earlier this week, when she blasted the film industry for being inherently sexist. Day 6 guest host Rebecca Makonnen spoke with Melissa Silverstein, the founder of the Women & Hollywood Blog, about Hollywood’s gender imbalance and the significance of Campion’s remarks.
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To the Jurors of the Cannes Film Festival
You will spend the next 11 days watching 22 films that the programmers and leaders of the Cannes Film Festival deemed to be the worthiest of this year’s competition.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. Festival Films including last year’s Oscar winner The Artist have gone on to have long and successful lives, and filmmakers’ careers have been launched on the Croisette. As we all know, the opportunities to have your film seen on a world stage is invaluable.
For the 2012 edition, as with the 2010 edition, there are NO FEMALE DIRECTED FILMS in competition, and in the 64 years of the Festival only one woman — Jane Campion — has been awarded the Palme D’Or.
Festival director Thierry Fremaux responded to the recent manifesto from La Barbe – a French feminist action group – which decried the lack of women by saying:
“I select work on the basis of it actual qualities. We would never agree to select a film that doesn’t deserve it on the basis it was made by a woman…There is no doubt that greater space needs to be given to women within cinema. But it’s not at Cannes and in the month of May that this question needs to be raised, but rather all year and everywhere.”
We call for Cannes, and other film festivals worldwide to commit to transparency and equality in the selection process of these films. We judge films as human beings, shaped by our own perspectives and experiences. It is vital, therefore, that there be equality and diversity at the point of selection.
Mr. Fremaux is correct in stating that women’s rights must be addressed year round. We, the undersigned, encourage an industry-wide discussion about this issue, and call on the leaders throughout the industry to participate in and contribute to a dialogue about how we can, to quote Mr. Fremaux, “create a greater space for women within cinema.”
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