Female directors drop 12% in 2021 – The Hollywood Reporter

Although female directors have reached historic highs of inclusion for films that have performed well at the U.S. box office in 2020, the trend did not continue upward last year, according to the 24th Annual Report. Celluloid ceiling ratio from the San Diego Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

Only 12% of the directors of the 100 top-grossing films of 2021 in the United States were women, up from 16% the year before. Slightly more women were represented when the field widened to the first 250 films – 17% – but not by many (18% in 2020).

“Appearances can be deceptive. While Chloe Zhao won the Oscar last year for the achievement Nomadic country and Jane Campion is a favorite in this year’s race for The power of the dog, the percentage of women making films actually decreased in 2021, ”Center founder and executive director Martha Lauzen said in a statement. “Basing our perception of the situation of women on the well-deserved fortunes of a few prominent women can lead us to inaccurate conclusions about the state of female employment. “

In key behind-the-scenes roles, women held 21% of these top 100 movies (even with 2020) and 25% top 250 jobs, a slight increase from 23% in 2020 thanks to an increased proportion of women. as producers. (from 30 percent to 32 percent) and executive producers (from 21 percent to 26 percent). In contrast, the share of screenwriters (17%), editors (22%) and directors of photography (6%) remained stable.

Most (61%) of films in 2021 employed no more than four women in these positions, while 72% of films had at least 10 men in the jobs. Only 8% of films had as many women working in these key roles, but even fewer (4%) had as few as four men. Since some of these roles were handled by mixed teams, there’s another way to look at female leadership among the top 250 films of 2021: 82% of them had no female directors, 72% of them had no female directors. women screenwriters, 94% women filmmakers and 73% women. editors.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, for the second year in a row Celluloid ceiling also examined the inclusion of women in these roles in the Digital Entertainment Group’s weekly Top 20 Home Watch list, which includes US digital sales, rentals (VOD excluding premium VOD) , DVDs and Blu-rays. Versions prior to 2020 that were on the list were not counted. Out of 92 films in total (57% of which were also in the Top 100), women held 20% of key roles (up from 19% in 2020).

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