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Study: French Film Industry Suffers Gender Gap in Employment, Budgets

by Inkoo Kang
March 28, 2014 2:04 PM
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Director Claire Denis
Director Claire Denis

A new study has revealed that French female directors are much better represented in their industry than their counterparts in many other countries, but even they still have a ways to go. 

The first official study on gender diversity by France's National Cinema Centre (CNC) found that women directors helmed 23% of the 279 French films sanctioned by the organization in 2012. This represents a sizable improvement from 2008, when just 18.4% of French films were made by women. 

Perhaps more promisingly, 27.3% of feature debuts made in 2012 were directed or co-directed by women (compared to 25.7% in 2008), while 33.3% of second films in the same year were directed or co-directed by women (compared to 29% in 2008).

But here's the bad news. The average budget for female-directed films ($4.74) was just over half the average budget for male-directed films ($7.78). Women directors also made on average 31.5% less than male directors -- and the gender gap in compensation is consistent with nearly every film-related job behind the scenes, from electricians and production managers to make-up artists and costume designers. 

[h/t Screen Daily]

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1 Comment

  • NamSor | April 16, 2014 6:35 AMReply

    ​We've just confirmed this study, datamining the IMDb database and genderizing names of 337548 film directors.Women: 22.2%. Interestingly, there are cultural differencies. France is doing better than average (26%), Algeria (19%) & Japan (14%) are doing worse than average. Read the study on NameSorts[dot]com

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