Magazine article Screen International

BFI, LFF Chiefs Slam Industry's "Pathetic Progress" with Female Directors

Magazine article Screen International

BFI, LFF Chiefs Slam Industry's "Pathetic Progress" with Female Directors

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Nevill criticised the industry's "pathetic progress" when it came to increasing the prominence of women at the helm over the last few decades.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, Stewart said the festival was "streets ahead" of the commercial industry, with this year's line-up including 45 women directors, representing 20% of the overall programme, though this is down from 54 last year.

But while the LFF is "effectively doing better than the commercial marketplace" in terms of its proportion of female directors, Stewart said it was necessary to continue "pointing to the fact that there are still a set of barriers to women breaking through".

"Not a huge amount has changed in 20 or 30 years," she said.

There are 14 female-directed films in the major gala or competition strands: two in official competition; three in the first feature competition; and six in the documentary competition. …

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