50/50 by 2020
First report in the series of reports entitled “Celluloid Ceiling”, created by Dr. Martha Lauzen at the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, to track employment statistics for women in Hollywood.
Pula Film Festival, Croatia – “Visibility of Women in Croatian Film”, a round table organised by the Government Office for Gender Equality and Pula Film Festival. Among the statistics presented: from 1990 to 2008, out of 108 feature films produced in Croatia, only 6 were directed by women.
Cannes Film Festival - the French newspaper “Le Monde” publishes “À Cannes, les femmes montrent leur bobines et les hommes leurs films”, an open letter signed by a dozen of directors, actors and writers as a reaction to the fact that no films by female directors were in the competition for the festival’s main prize, Palme d’Or. The festival director Thierry Frémaux defends the jury's selection, insisting that the judges "would never select a film that doesn't deserve it just because it is directed by a woman."
Eurimages, European cinema support fund, establishes its Gender Equality Working Group.
Swedish Film Institute (SFI) publishes its action plan “Towards Gender Equality in Film Production”, a first of its kind in Europe.
Cannes Film Festival – round table and the presentation of the preliminary results of the research entitled “Female Directors in European Films”, carried out by the European Audiovisual Observatory.
Eurimages, European cinema support fund, adopts its first two-year strategy for gender equality.
Berlin Film Festival – presentation of the preliminary results of the comparative study of the status of women directors in seven European countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom), entitled “Where are Europe’s Women Directors?” and carried out by EWA (European Women’s’ Audiovisual Network).
Istanbul Film Festival – the first “Audentia Award” for the best female director is presented. The award was instigated by Eurimages, European cinema support fund, to be given each year at a different international film festival.
Cannes Film Festival – “Fiftyfifty”, a seminar and a round table with the purpose of raising the international interest in gender equality issues, organised by the Swedish Film Institute and the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and attended by several European ministers of culture.
Pula Film Festival, Croatia – the results of the comparative study of the status of women directors in seven European countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom), entitled “Where are Europe’s Women Directors?” and carried out by EWA (European Women’s’ Audiovisual Network), are presented to the Croatian public
Strasbourg, September 29 – The Council of Europe adopts landmark recommendation on gender equality in the audiovisual sector
Eurimages, European cinema support fund adopts a new two-year strategy for the equality in the European film industry 2018-2020
Swedish Film Institute (SFI) publishes “Looking Back and Moving Forward”, its first yearly report on gender equality
Les Arcs European Film Festival, France – publication of the “Study of the Emergence of a New Generation of European Female Directors”, in partnership with Sisley d’Ornano Foundation, France Télévisions, the CNC-a and “Le deuxième regard” association
Cannes Film Festival – with the support of the Cannes Film Festival, the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) organises the event entitled “Take Two: Next moves for #MeToo”, attended by a total of five ministers of culture from different countries.
Cannes Film Festival signs 50/50 by 2020 pledge.
Venice Film Festival – an open letter signed by EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual Network) and several other European organizations of women in film and television, addressed to to the festival’s director Alberto Barbera in reaction to the fact that there was only one film directed by a woman in the festival’s competition, and challenging his often repeated assertion “Quality, not gender.”
As a result, Venice Film Festival signs “50/50 by 2020” pledge, already signed by Cannes and Locarno
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) signs “50/50 by 2020” pledge
Swedish Film Institute (SFI) publishes “The Money Issue”, its second yearly report on gender equality, focused on the distribution of finances and investments in the film industry and its effects on the working conditions of male and female film workers.
Golden Globe Awards 2018 – no nominations for female directors
91st Academy Awards – no nominations for female directors
European Parliament publishes its report on gender equality in European film industry, entitled “The Place of Women in European Film Productions: Fighting the Celluloid Ceiling”
#Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announce “4% Pledge”, a challenge to Hollywood to commit to a project with one female director in the next 18 months. The groups posed the challenge after finding out that only 4% of the top 1,200 highest earning studio films were directed by women over the last decade.
Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale signed “50/50 by 2020” pledge
To be continued….