Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg to Become First Major Film Festival with a Programme of 50% Female Directors

Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg to Become First Major Film Festival with a Programme of 50% Female Directors

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“We have talked about gender parity for a long time, but change is happening too slowly.”

Many festivals around the world have signed the gender equality pledge, but Sweden’s Goteborg Film Festival has become the first to promise that its next edition will programme 50% of its films from female directors. This marks the first time a major international film festival will hit that target.

The programme for the 43rd Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 24 - Feb 3, 2020) will feature 200 films directed by men and 200 by women. The festival calls this initiative ’50/50 Vision’.

Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Goteborg Film Festival, told Screen: “We have talked about gender parity for a long time, but change is happening too slowly. Now, we have decided to stop talking and do something concrete at the upcoming Goteborg Film Festival. By promising to present a program with 50% female directors, we want to inspire both reflection and action. During the ongoing programming work we are actively scouting films directed by women, but the most interesting process this decision has provoked is the constant and challenging discussion in our programming team about gender, art and quality.”

Goteborg has previously been noted for its gender equality efforts after it signed the 5050 by 2020 pledge in 2019, the same year it introduced a gender neutral acting prize. …

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