Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Women Directors in Sundance

As I said in Toronto and again at the Hof Flm Festival, until there is parity between male and female directors I will continue to look at women directors.  I heard the other day that the number of women directors is actually decreasing in the television world.

Here are some quick facts on Sundance this year:
If you include shorts- 51 women directors are represented at Sundance.

In the Premiere section, out of 16 films 7 have women directors.

John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival, brought it to my attention that "Low Budget is dominated by the boys still but that is changing with Lynn Shelton, Katie Aselton etc stepping up. Even there, many have women producers. I have a hunch in the indie creative producer world women dominate. Like I said, that is just a hunch I have never done a study."

Sundance Film Festival is showing approximately 115 features.  Of those 25 (20%) are directed by women:

Pepperminta by Pipilottit, from Austria and Switzerland and being sold by The Match Factory, The Freebie by Katie Aselton, US, Women Without Men by Shirin Nesat and Shoja Azari of Iran and being sold by The Coproduction Office, To Catch a Dollar: Muhammed Yunus Banks on America by Gayle Ferraro of Bangladish and US, Lourdes by Jessica Hausner of Austria and sold by The Coproduction Offce, Countdown to Zero directe by Lucy Walker of US and produced by Lawrence Bender, Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, The Kids Are Alright by Tze Chun of US being sold by Circus Road, It's A Wonderful Afterlife by Gurinder Chadha of UK and being sold by Hanway,  Brae Nue Dae by Rachel Perkins of Australia and being sold by Bankside, The Runaways by Floria Sigismondi of US and sold by Summit, The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer of US and being sold by SC Films International, Please Give by Nicole Holofcener of US produced by Sony Pictures Classics, The Extra Man by Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini of US and being sold by Wild Bunch, Grown Up Movie Star by Adriana Maggs of Canada being sold by Mongrel Media, Waste Land by Karen Harley and Joao Jardin of UK and Brazil, Russian Lessons by Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov of Russia, Norway and Georgia, Kick in Iran by Fatima Geza Abdollahyan of Iran and Germany and being sold by Telepool, Obselidia by Diane Bell of US and being sold by Dominion 7, The Imperlialists are Still Alive by Zeina Darra of US in Spanish, French, Arabic, Korean and English, A Small Act by Jennifer Arnold of US, The Oath by Laura Poltras of US in Arabic and English, Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg of US, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child by Tamra Davis of US and produced and distributed in France by Pretty Pictures, Bhutto by Jessica Hernandez, Johnny O’Hara of US, 12th and Delaware by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing of US.


  1. I wonder how Slamdance compares, as the more indie of the 2 fests?

  2. I wish you would tell me...I know Slamdance is very important as well, but I have not had to chance to review it ... Let me know if you find out more.

  3. These comments come from the Facebook posting of this blog and I put them here because they are interesting.

    Matt Colby and Maryanne Zéhil like this.

    Sherrie Robertson
    Thank you so much Peter for supporting this! Not many people know but that the first fiction film ever, "The Cabbage Fairy" was directed by Alice Guy Blaché! Times have changed. I'm proud to be a female writer/director out there in the world of men and share my feature end of the year.
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    Peter Belsito
    thanks ... I'll share this with her ... with whatever influence Sydney / we have we'll keep SHOUTING about this issue ... here's to 'Hurt Locker' for Oscar, Best Pic, Dir, etc etc
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    Elle Travis
    Don't forget Lois Weber, one of American cinema's earliest directors.
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    Peter Belsito
    Sydney is also working on a Women Directors' Series ... stay tuned ....
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    Maryanne Zéhil
    Can you give us more details please??????
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    Peter Belsito
    yes ... when they are available ... please be patient ... thanks!!! ... we're very excited ....
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    Maryanne Zéhil
    will stay tuned!!!!!
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    Peter Belsito
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    Maryanne Zéhil
    Sydney's Buzz is in my fav now!!!
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    Sydney J. Levine
    Thank you for your enthusiastic support
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    Maryanne Zéhil
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    Matt Colby
    Absolutely want to see more women making films, movies should not remain a male dominated medium and the perspectives and talents that women bring with them only benefit everyone.
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