Cannes 2019: One Year After Gender Parity Pledge, Female-Directed Competition Titles See Small Increase

Cannes 2019: One Year After Gender Parity Pledge, Female-Directed Competition Titles See Small Increase
One year after 82 of the film industry’s biggest names stood in protest on the red carpet, and the Cannes Film Festival signed a pledge designed to increase gender equality, its programmers made a small step forward: Four female filmmakers have been programmed in an Official Competition so far comprised of 19 titles. It’s a new high for a festival that has hosted 1,645 competition titles from men over its storied history and just 82 from women. The festival plans to add more films in the days ahead, but for now, the change remains incremental.

With today’s announcement of the Competition lineup, this year’s slate boasts the highest percentage of female filmmakers (21 percent) over the last 19 years, besting the former frontrunner of 2011, when four out of 20 competing films were made by women (20 percent). That year came only after a series of notable inequities: In 2010 and 2005, there were no women in the competition lineup.
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