03.04.2024 //

At This Pace, the Gender Parity in Cinema Will Be Achieved in 2080

The European film industry may achieve gender parity in 2080 at this pace, the 2023 study by the French think tank Lab Femmes de Cinéma reveals. Currently, 23% of films are directed by women, ranging from 37% in Iceland to 14% in Bulgaria among European countries surveyed. Five out of 36 European countries were unable to provide current gender parity statistics. The MIOB film festival network has translated the study into three additional languages and will publish it on its member festivals' websites starting March 20 to promote gender parity in the film industry. Collaboration with the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) highlights that 16 European countries have committed to combating sexism and sexual violence, while 15 countries have implemented or planned measures to integrate parity into diversity research in the audiovisual sector.

“The glass ceiling for women filmmakers still exists in the European film industry. The eighth study revealed that there is still a reluctance to implement quotas on more equal gender financing in the film industry. Only Spain has recently introduced firm quotas. Austria, Norway, and the UK follow with, so-called, soft quotas that work more as a recommendation. The most gratifying change is seeing that some national film centers have started to work on unconscious bias, the stereotypes leaving women in film behind that we are not aware of as well as supporting parenthood that disproportionately affects women in the industry. However, these initiatives are still rare and most of them have only recently started. At this pace, equality in the film industry is long decades away”, commented Lise Perottet, General Coordinator of the Lab Femmes de Cinéma.  

Lab Femmes de Cinéma focuses on parity and diversity in the film and audiovisual industries, and since 2016 presents a qualitative study on existing measures and policies to promote gender parity in Europe. Lab Femmes de Cinéma recently successfully campaigned during the Cesar Awards in France and achieved higher women filmmakers’ visibility in directing and film scoring categories. The annual study is being conducted in collaboration with the European Audiovisual Observatory (OEA), the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD) association, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the French National Centre of Cinema (CNC).

Full study & synthesis of 2023 in English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, and Serbian languages: https://femmesdecinema.org/en/study-2023