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.

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
Berlinale film festival opens with wide spotlight on women

 - NewsMavens
Movie camera, PixaBay

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.
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
SUPPORTED BY:

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
NewsMavens
NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
CORE TEAM
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy
System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1[System.Threading.Tasks.VoidTaskResult];