Berlinale film festival opens with wide spotlight on women

This year, not a single female was nominated for best director at the Oscars, so smaller festivals are stepping up.

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Berlinale film festival opens with wide spotlight on women

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Why this story matters:

In recent years, the fight for gender parity in Hollywood has grown with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp reaching across the globe. The effects are starting to show.

Berlinale, or Berlin international film festival, opened on February 7 with 41% of all films featured made by women.

This places Berlinale leagues ahead of Cannes and Venice, who last year only recorded 14% and 5% of features made by women respectively.

The festival director, Dieter Kosslick, credited the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements as being eye opening, continuing “But we wouldn't have done it if the films had been bad, simply to boost the women's quota".

Details from the story:

  • The Berlinale happens on Feb 7, 2019 – Sun, Feb 17, 2019
  • The festival is in it’s 69th year and is recognized as one of the top film festivals in Europe.
  • Director of the festival Dieter Kosslick stated that the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements had greatly opened their eyes to gender discrimination.
  • This year will be Kosslick’s final festival after 18 years.
  • 41% of the movies being presented will be made by women, a record for the festival.
  • Cannes had only 14% last year and Venice under 5%.
  • Juliette Binoche, French actress and Oscar winner, will lead the judging panel at the festival.
  • Melissa Silverstein, head of “Women and Hollywood”, stressed the importance of film festivals in boosting industry diversity.
  • Streaming services were another big winner at the Berlin festival, with the festival seeing scope for potential future cooperation.
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