She accepted her award and as she stood next to the president of the festival Jiri Bartoska she put him on notice by saying:
I don’t know how many female directors are presenting their films in this festival. I very much doubt that it’s 50%. Not too many, I’m sure.
She sure is right. I took a look at the 12 films in competition. There is only one I am sure of that is directed by a woman. And I only found one woman directed film in the official selection out of competition. There is nowhere near close to 50% representation of women at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
She also said: "Things have moved on, but as far as I’m concerned, they haven’t moved on enough" and said that the festival was still a man's world.
And she put the festival on notice by saying should she returnl in five years she would expect them to have at least 50% of the films directed by women.
Karlovy Vary 2012: Helen Mirren Calls for More Women Directors (Hollywood Reporter)