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Study says number of female filmmakers at Sundance improving

Matt Arnett of Atlanta, Ga, producer of the Sundance Film Festival narrative short "I Snuck Off the Slave Ship," takes a picture of the Egyptian Theatre marquee on the first day of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Park City, Utah. The annual film festival runs through February 3. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
January 25, 2019 - 10:41 AM

PARK CITY, Utah - A new study released Friday found that female filmmakers are submitting to and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in significantly greater numbers than they were a decade ago, but their numbers are still well below 50 per cent.

The study by the Sundance Institute and the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative looked at more than 26,000 submissions and acceptances for the 2017 and 2018 festivals. It found that 28 per cent of feature-length and episodic projects submitted were directed by at least one woman; 35 per cent of those were ultimately accepted.

Race and ethnicity was also examined and 24.3 per cent of U.S. dramatic features accepted in 2017 and 2018 were by filmmakers of colour. Women of colour made up a third of that percentage.

Data provided by the Sundance Institute for the 2019 festival, which is currently under way, has an even more diverse makeup. Thirty-eight per cent of dramatic features had a director of colour.

"This study shows us where the pipeline for women and people of colour is robust and where more support is needed," said USC professor Stacy L. Smith. "The gains we saw for women over the past decade reveal that change is possible and where more support is needed."

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Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative: https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/aii

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