There was a brief post on the Women and Hollywood blog about the Cannes Workshop focusing on women filmmakers which initially seems positive in light of years past where women were completely absent from the festival (a petition was circulated in protest for the 2012 competition where no women directors were present). However I couldn’t help but think of Lexi Alexander’s conversation at the Athena Film Festival where she discussed her blog post about women directors in Hollywood and lamented that we have so many surveys but when will the statistics actually change!
Maybe this is a step in the right direction in Cannes? According to Women and Hollywood blogger Inkoo Kang:
There will also be a panel discussion on how to boost female participation in the film industry, including the possibility of using “positive discrimination” to encourage young women directors to enter the field.
But how about getting work for the qualified directors already in the industry?
– Jennifer Dean