.Catherine Mack's 'Passenger'.
Tropfest has unveiled its 2017 lineup, and for the first time in the festival's 25 year history, half of the finalists are women..
Last year, the festival came under fire for having only one female finalist.(Angela McCormack
for her film,.Tay Man). Tropfest founder and director John Polson
called for more women to enter.the fest, pointing out that the number of female entrants (and not just female finalists) had traditionally hovered around the 20 per cent mark..
In June, as Tropfest announced a switch to a not-for-profit business model, it also promised the festival would have.a stronger focus on attracting female filmmakers.
Polson called the calibre of films submitted for 2017's festival .outstanding. and noted it was wonderful to see entrants reflecting a range of diversity and gender..
.Over the past 12 months, we.ve made a major effort to attract women to enter Tropfest.—.with help from