Women Driven Films: Some Stats

Why it is important to promote female filmmakers’ work

” A woman is more likely to hold a seat on a Fortune 500 company board (15%), serve as a member of the clergy (15%), or work as an aerospace engineer (10%) than she is to direct a Hollywood movie (7%)”

-Kegan, 2011

Women Behind the Camera Where are they?

In the top 250 domestic grossing movies worldwide in 2012, women comprised only 9% of directors, 15% of writers, 17%of executive producers, 20% of editors, and 4% of cinematographers (Celluloid Ceiling 2012 Report)

In 85 years of Academy Awards, only 4 women (Lina Wermuller, 1977; Jane Campion, 1994; Sofia Coppola, 2004; Kathryn Bigelow, 2010) have been nominated as ”Best Director” and only 1 has actually ever won (Kathryn Bigelow) (Women’s E News, 2013).

Minority ethnic women directed just 1% of 2600 TV episodes in the 2010-2011 television season. Minority ethnic men directed 11% of episodes (the same percentage as Caucasian women), whilst Caucasian men directed 77% of all episodes (DGA, 2011).

What about Sweden?

Around 20% of all the feature films made in Sweden are by women (DORIS Network). It takes 10 years for female filmmakers to release their first film (compared to the 4 years for the male filmmakers) (Bortz, 2010). Only 29% of Svenska Filminstitutet funding is granted to women (Bortz, 2010).

Women on screen, Not to be heard, only to be seen…

Only 11% of all clearly identifiable protagonists are female, 78% are male (Lauzen, 2012). Women represent less than 30% of on-screen characters (Indiewire, 2013). Female speaking roles in films are at their lowest for the past 5 years (Smith and Choueiti, 2009).

Females are almost four times as likely as males to be shown in sexy attire (Smith, 2010).

From 2006 to 2009, 80.5% of all working characters in G-rated family films are male and 19.5% are female, which is a contrast to real world statistics, where women comprise 50% of the workforce (Smith, 2010). Between 2004 and 2009, depiction of violence against women on television has increased by 120% on the networks (PTC, 2009).

Moviegoers and Box office grosses, Who watches movies made from and about women?

Females have comprised a larger share of moviegoers (=people who went to a movie at the cinema at least once in the year) then males during 2009-2012! (Motion Picture Association of America Inc, 2012).

Examining the top 100 worldwide grossing films of 2007, the study found that when women and men filmmakers have similar budgets for their films, the resulting box office grosses are also similar (Lauzen, 2008).

In addition, when the size of the budget is held contrast, films with female protagonists or prominent females in an ansember cast earn similar box office grosses (domestic, international, opening weekend) and DVD sales as films with male protagonists. Films with larger budgets generate larger grosses, regardless of the sex of the protagonist (Lauzen, 20008).

A solution? Women support women?

Women support women. When a movie is directed by women, there is a more than 20% increase for women on screen. -Indiewire, 2013.

Women are under-represented both behind and infront of the camera. And when they appear on screen,they tend not to talk, not to work, and to be seen in sexy attire. But moviegoers like just as much movies from and about women. And women behind the camera promote women on screen.

And, we do want to promote gender equality, and raise the future generations, girls and boys, in an aspiring gender equal culture, don’t we?

That is why SAGA is investing in promoting women driven films in the hopes of not only showing women’s films that would be otherwise not accessible to the audience, but also promoting a gender equal world by showing gender stereotype-free movies!