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Women fare better in independent films than in Hollywood

by Ben Child.

Female directors remain woefully underrepresented in Hollywood but appear in greater numbers in the field of independent film, according to a new study commissioned by the Sundance film festival and Women in Film.

The survey found that there has been little change in the gender balance at Robert Redford’s annual showcase of indie film-making in Park City, Utah over the past decade. (This year, however, male and female directors are equally represented at the festival, which kicked off on Thursday and runs until Sunday.) Overall, women represented fewer than one-third of the 11,000 directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors working on the 820 narrative and documentary films that have appeared at Sundance since 2002.

“There has been no sustained or meaningful change across the last 11 years in the percentage of [female] directors or producers at the Sundance film festival,” said Stacy L Smith of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which carried out the survey.

Read the rest of this article from The Guardian.

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