This matches the same number of women filmmakers who competed for the Palme d’Or in 2011.
The four Competition films chosen with female filmmakers this year are Mati Diop’s Atlantique, Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe, Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire and Justine Triet’s Sibyl. An additional nine female directors are included in other festival strands.
In total, 13 of the 47 films in the official selection revealed today are directed by women, or about 28%. That’s a smaller percentage than this year’s Sundance or last year’s Toronto festivals but is an improvement on most previous editions of Cannes.
Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux said at the lineup press conference