Women in Film 2016: Update

Since 2016 is almost over I will take some time going through the ups and downs the industry has seen during the year 2015 and 2016. I think it is important to go through the industry and evaluate so things can change in a more informed and structured way.

If you haven't read the post I wrote in 2014 about the situation for women in Hollywood at that time, take two minutes to do that and come back to this post later. As you will see, I was overly positive. I also wrote an update in the second quarter of 2017 of the situation, please have a look if you are interested.

It´s important to remember that the numbers I present below does not reflect the reality or quality of the work women do. Some of the best films today comes from female directors, when given the chance a female director usually finds new ways of telling a story, stories that always has been told by men now has new light with women in at the rudder.

The update

So how did we do in Hollywood and in other corners of the world and how is the situation for women in film two years after my first post? What we can say is that the industry was not very inclusive or progressive during 2015 and the year 2016 does not look very good either, it was rather a step back than a leap forward. According to leading film and news outlets, 2015 was not a good year and since I didn't have the best insight during that year I got a bit surprised by the lack of female directors and filmmakers.

The fact of the matter is that there is no reason for it to be like this and we've seen so many great examples of projects coming from women so you would think it would be in studio's interest to bring in women directors. It is clear that this is a low priority for studios and probably nothing that will be taken into account when signing the directors for 2017.

Alice Guy Blache – First Woman Film Director, Studio Owner

Alice Guy Blache – First Woman Film Director, Studio Owner


The future

From what I've seen, 2015, was ridiculous and to be honest, rather depressing. What I can say though is that out of the top 250 films in 2015 it was approximately 9% female directors and that went down during 2016 to 7% some even say it went as low as 5%. This is not an improvement and I fear that the industry might fall down a few steps during 2017 as well. If so, we should see a bigger push for 2018 and 2019. Hopefully people will understand and see the financial gains and importance of actively working towards a more progressive industry.

For those of you who would like to read more about women working in film and the state of the industry, take a look at the Alliance of Women Directors website.


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