Cannes Festival Leadership Calls New Gender Data ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

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Courtesy of THR/Rebecca Keegan Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux at Friday's event.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Rebecca Keegan on May 17, 2019.

The fest’s transparency is progress, say activists at Le Collectif 50/50, but “if we continue [at this rate], we’ll have to wait to 2063 to reach parity.”

A year after an historic gathering at Cannes where the film festival pledged to take steps toward gender equality, members of the French organization Le Collectif 50/50 and the artistic directors of the festival met again in the same tent on the beach Friday, this time to look at what they had learned and how far they have yet to go.

For the first time this year, Cannes counted the numbers of female directors who submitted to the festival, and those who were admitted. The festival said that it received 1,845 feature film submissions from 39 countries, 26 percent of them directed by women. Its official selection of 69 films, both features and shorts, included 19 films directed by women, or 27.5 percent.  …

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