by Melena Ryzik.
The Sundance Film Festival, a proving ground for filmmakers, helps the careers of male and female directors at a nearly equal rate, a new study found. But after that, their professional fortunes split along gender lines, with male narrative filmmakers getting stronger distribution deals early on and having an easier time ascending through the Hollywood ranks, according to data and interviews compiled over three years of research.
The study is the third and final part in a report conducted by researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles, an advocacy group. Among other things, it found that gender did not affect whether Sundance feature films received distribution after the festival, with 88.7 percent of female-directed films and 83.9 percent of male-directed films getting deals.
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