The number of female directors, screenwriters and others is higher than ever, but a gender gap remains.
Specifically, last year, 33% of independent film directors were women, up from 29% in 2017-18. Thirty-two percent of “independent film” makers were women, up 6 percentage points from 2017-18. Women made up 37% of independent film producers in 2018-19, up from 36% the previous year. Additionally, this year, women made up 32% of independent executive producers and 29% of film editors. Both of these figures represent increases over the previous year.
The research also found that films with at least one female director also employed significantly higher percentages of female writers, editors and filmmakers. For example, on films with at least one female director, women represented 72% of screenwriters compared to 11% on films directed exclusively by men. On films with at least one female director, women represented 45% of editors compared to 21% of films directed exclusively by men.