Female filmmakers are better represented in independent film when compared to Big Hollywood over the past decade, and women were most likely to be producers across all behind-the-camera positions, according to a comprehensive study conducted in collaboration between Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles. Results were released today at the 2013 Sundance Film Fest in Park City.
Highlights of the study, which looked at data spanning the decade from 2002 to 2012, include:
— Nearly 30% of all Sundance filmmakers since 2002 — directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors — were female.
— As the prestige of the producer role increased, so did the percentage of females decreased, both in features and docs.
— Films directed by females tend to have more women writers, producers, cinematographers and editors.
— Less than a third of all narrative producers are female, but 40% of associate producers are women; in docus, those numbers were 42% and 59%.
— The percentage of women directors at Sundance — about 24% — far outpaces those of the top 100 box office films, where women represented 4.4% of directors.