Some of the country’s most high-profile film festivals can boast “historic highs” when it comes to the representation of female filmmakers behind the camera, a new study reports, though more remains to be done to bridge the gender divide. The recently released Indie Women survey, compiled by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University
, finds that the percentages of women working as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, and editors on independent films reached recent historic highs in 2018-19.
The latest Indie Women study found that women achieved record-setting levels as directors (33 percent), writers (32 percent), producers (37 percent), executive producers (32 percent), and editors (29 percent). For the study, domestically and independently produced feature-length films screening at more than 20 high-profile U.S. festivals — including Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca — were analyzed.
“After many years of tracking stubbornly stagnant numbers,