Only one in five (5) films from seven (7) European countries was directed by a woman. A huge part of the funding (84%) goes to movies that are not directed by a woman. The talent exists among women but the film industry does not fully exploit their potential.
According to the recommendations of an EU Report - Gender Equality in the Media Sector DG Internal Policies (2018) …. ‘… A key priority must be to counteract the discriminatory norms and attitudes, including unconscious biases that contribute to ongoing failures to address gender inequality effectively. Social campaigns, education programmes, and more targeted training and awareness-raising (including for industry decision-makers) to promote egalitarian values and practices should be supported through funding and promotion at the national and European level…’
On a global scale - a record 10.6% of female directors were counted in the top 100 big-budget films of 2019 (according to the latest study by Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative).
Women directed, or co-directed, the 12 biggest hits of 2019, the most since 2007.
However, according to the study, the average of the last 13 years of research is still low, at only 4.8%.