Magazine article Screen International

Female Filmmaker Levels in Decline

Magazine article Screen International

Female Filmmaker Levels in Decline

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Fewer women employed in film production than in 1998.

In 2013, just 16% of behind the scenes personnel - directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers - were women, according to the latest annual Celluloid Ceiling report issued by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

A study of the top 250 grossing films of last year revealed the lowest levels of women in film since 1998, when the first Celluloid Ceiling report was published.

"The film industry is in a state of gender inertia," said Martha Lauzen, executive director of the centre.

"There is no evidence to suggest that women's employment has improved in key behind-the-scenes roles over the last 16 years."

None of the major job types saw a rise - other than cinematographers - with only producers holding steady at 25% (the biggest category for women).

Production designers and editors were the next largest percentage share for women, at 23% and 17%. …

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