Bydgoszcz, Poland — The struggle for diversity among cinematographers won’t be over any time soon, say women and minority DPs — but a strong focus on breaking down myths and building up opportunities early is moving the needle, however slowly.
Industry figures show that film schools now have student bodies that are about equal in gender, says Estonian Dp Elen Lotman
. But when you look at percentages for big-budget feature films, women still make up about 3%, she says, with numbers a bit better for lower-budget work and better still, around 21%, for publicly funded film.
“Under-representation occurs at a certain point,” says Lotman.
Progress is hardly to the level where “next year we can have a bunch of white men sitting here whining about not finding work,” she joked to a group of colleagues and students at Poland’s Camerimage fest this week.
A talk organized by the U.K.-based lensers’ platform Illuminatrix and Imago,