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Check Out This Telling Chart on Women Directors at Cannes Over the Past Decade

The number of women directors who make it into the Cannes lineup is a source of yearly contention. And it makes sense. Over the past ten years, there's been virtually no consistent improvement in terms of women auteurs landing in the hallowed competition program. Un Certain Regard has gradually improved -- slightly. Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog has created a handy if depressing chart to show the exact stats. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 12, 2014 1:22 PM
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'The Master' Producer JoAnne Sellar, Warner Bros. Exec Sue Kroll and CBS Films' Terry Press Topline Chapman's Women in Focus Conference

This is one panel I want to attend. Why? Well, these three women are damned smart and if they share a fraction of what they know about producing, distribution, marketing and the state of Hollywood and the independents today, we will all be the wiser.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 7:41 PM
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Putting Money on the Bechdel Test (GRAPHS)

The Bechdel test has proven an intriguing -- if far from wholly accurate -- method of figuring out a film's level of female character development. Are there two women in a given film? Do they talk to each other -- and about something other than men? In a fascinating piece on FiveThirtyEight, the Bechdel test is assessed from a financial standpoint.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2014 4:51 PM
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Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington Among Women in Film's Five Crystal and Lucy Award Winners

LA non-profit Women in Film, an organization committed to galvanizing support and visibility for women in the entertainment industry, has unveiled the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards winners. Honors will be given at a benefit gala on June 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 2:05 PM
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Women Filmmakers: Applications Now Open for $15,000 in Film Finishing Fund Grants

Applications are now being accepted through June 6 for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2014 Film Finishing Fund grants. Women In Film will give up to $15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants for the selected entries.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 12:01 PM
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Rotterdam: Women Directors and Women-Driven Narratives Are Front and Center

A festival like Rotterdam is a great place for women directors to gain exposure. Not coincidentally, Rotterdam is also a great venue for films with female-driven narratives. The five I saw, three directed by women and two by men, shared an interest in how the past haunts the present; in intense feelings hidden beneath a constructed surface and the essential loneliness of women.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 29, 2014 3:05 PM
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Sundance Expands Gender Parity Initiative, Documentaries are Friendlier to Women

Two women who are fighting mad about continuing gender disparity in the entertainment industry are Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Cathy Schulman, President of Women In Film. On Monday at the Sundance Film Festival they revealed an expanded initiative to achieve gender parity and sustainable entertainment careers for women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:37 PM
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New Report Finds Film Industry In State of "Gender Inertia": Women's Employment Not Improving

Women's Studies scholar Martha Lauzen has released this year's Celluloid Ceiling report, and the stats aren't great. In 2013, women comprised 16% of individuals working in key behind-the-scenes roles on the top 250 grossing films. This figure is actually down slightly from 2012 -- and even 1998. Women accounted for 6% of US directors.If foreign films in the top 250 are included, the figure increases to 8%.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2014 2:25 PM
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Seven 2013 Box-Office Trends the Studios Should Not Ignore, Market Shares, Top 20 2013 Chart

At first glance 2013 wasn't much different from 2012. Sequels ruled the world. On closer examination, however, the Hollywood studios would do well to heed some key trends revealed by the 2013 box office.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 8, 2014 2:46 PM
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WATCH: The High and Very Low Points of the Media's Treatment of Women in 2013

The Representation Project has created a four-minute supercut of how women fared in the media over the past year. It begins with the high points -- because there were many -- and then moves on to the low points, as a sharp reminder that striving for gender equality must remain a top priority. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2013 1:28 PM
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