Women Make Gains in Indie Films, But Are Still Outnumbered 2 to 1

/Film | 6/19/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Women directors, writers, editors and producers are making strides in the indie film industry, but there’s still a long way to go. According to a new study from San Diego State University, the number of women in indie film productions hit a “historic high,” are still by outnumbered men 2-to-1.

The latest Indie Women study (via The Wrap) conducted by San Diego State University found that women achieved record high numbers in the indie industry as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, and editors. The percentage of women directors grew from 29% in 2017-18 to 33% in 2018-2019, with similar gains across the board, including a significant rise in women writers from 26% last year to 32% this year. Executive producers saw a similar increase (32% in 2018-19, from 26%) to writers, while producers saw a 1% increases from 36% to 37% and editors a 2% increase from 27% to 29%.

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However, these history-best numbers don’t outweigh the fact that men still greatly outnumber women on these productions, “with independent films employing more than twice as many men as women in these roles,” according to Dr. Mautha Lauzen, who conducted the study with the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Lauzen’s survey studies indie films that screened at major festivals since 2008, exmaning more than 10,700 credits on more than 970 films in 2018-19, and over 80,000 credits...
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