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31 August 2018

Festivals Update – Female Directors News From LFF and Venice

This week the full programme for the 2018 edition of the BFI London Film Festival was announced at a launch event in London. Festival director Tricia Tuttle revealed that half of the films in competition, half of all short films, and 30% of all feature films have female directors or co-directors. See the full programme here.

Meanwhile, at the Venice Film Festival a gender parity pledge for 5050 x 2020 was signed, making it the latest to sign such a pledge following its introduction in Cannes by the 5050 x 2020 movement.

The organisers of the Venice Film Festival, where this year only one film in competition has a female director, denied that there was any bias in their selection process. They also pointed out that only 21% of submissions had female directors, and whilst they wanted the situation to improve they do not believe that quotas are the solution. Read more here.