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LATEST DIVERSIFY NEWS

Sarah McCarthy and Michelle Sahayan

Screen Australia fast-tracks female-led films

Screen Australia has committed AU$3m ($2.3m) towards fast-tracking 58 projects by female filmmakers, as part of a broader gender equality initiative.

On the set of Suffragette

NFTS launches trio of initiatives to support women directors

A mentorship programme and paid internships are being introduced in a bid to help boost the number of female directors in the industry.

Kids

Raising Films survey spotlights challenges of parenting in film business

A new UK survey proves what many people already know anecdotally, that it’s a challenge being a parent and working in the film and TV industries.

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"Challenge" to get ordinary Muslims on camera, says Doc/Fest panel

Media misrepresentation of Muslims, and fear of reproach from within their communities, are hindering depictions of the less “extreme” and pluralist aspects of Islam, according to leading filmmakers.

Rebecca O Brien Media Summit

Diversity quota for film tax credit, suggests Ken Loach producer

MEDIA SUMMIT: Rebecca O’Brien, producer of Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake, also criticized nepotism in the film industry.

Boudica

First female-centric film finance initiative launches in Cannes

Boudica is headed by co-financiers of seven films including The Falling and Iona.

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BFI mulls covering childcare costs in bid to boost diversity

The BFI has said it expects to allocate 50% of its funding to women directors by 2020 - and is considering covering childcare costs for some writers and directors.

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Women in film "Wikipedia" planned

Database curated by Swedish Film Institute, which currently includes 700 film-makers, will expand globally.

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Women only 20% of UK production personnel, says report

AHRC-funded report also finds that only 1.5% of key personnel on UK film productions in 2015 were BAME women.

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Why are women directors so sparse at major festivals?

Screen spoke to festival heads and industry about why women directors remain painfully sparse in the main strands at major festivals.

Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

Georgia Governor vetoes controversial anti-LGBT bill

Critics have hailed a decision by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to block a religious liberty bill that they claimed would have discriminated against the LGBT community.

USC diversity report

Hollywood a ‘straight, white, boys' club’ says study

A damning study released on Monday by the University Of Southern California has added fuel to the fire in the ongoing diversity furore, highlighting a paucity of opportunity for females, non-white ethnic groups and members of the LGBT community.

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Report claims bulk of public film funding goes to men

EXCLUSIVE: EWA’s report find “significant under-representation” of  women directors in film industry.

Johanna Koljonen

‘Measureable change’ on diversity within five years, Goteborg report

Goteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus Project report predicts that audiences will rebel against content that doesn’t reflect diversity.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy introduces diversity changes

In a unanimous vote, the Academy’s board of governors have approved what it called “substantive changes” designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies and voters “significantly more diverse”. 

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Idris Elba calls for greater diversity in media

Idris Elba has argued that UK television is in need of a “Magna Carta moment” on diversity and is still failing to reflect modern Britain.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

AMPAS head vows diversity review

Referring to the all-white roster of this year’s Oscar acting nominees, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was “heartbroken and frustrated”.

Star Wars Monopoly

Hasbro to add Rey to 'Star Wars' Monopoly following backlash

Toymaker vows to add lead character token following accusations of sexism.

Filming

Eurimages to honour female directors with dedicated prize

Best Female Director Prize to be worth $33,000.

Star Wars The Force Awakens press conference

JJ Abrams talks women in 'Star Wars'

Director of The Force Awakens reveals the thinking behind writing strong female roles.

Suffragette

Only six women directors in top 100 films at UK box office

Female directors, writers and stars are hugely under-represented in the UK top 100.

Femi Oguns

John Boyega’s agent on UK diversity: “There’s a storm coming”

Identity Agency Group CEO Femi Oguns talks diversity challenges ahead of Screen Film Summit appearance.

Carol Morley at This Way Up conference

Carol Morley slams gender imbalance in film industry

The Falling director spoke at This Way Up conference in Manchester.

Gods of Egypt

Lionsgate, Proyas issue 'Gods Of Egypt' diversity apology

Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.

FEDS training scheme

First FEDS trainee scheme scores strong employment record

Traineeships in film exhibition, distribution and international sales led to employment for more than 50% of participants.

Clare Binns Screen Awards

Picturehouse exec Clare Binns calls for diversity shake-up

This year’s Screen Awards Exhibition Achievement Award winner also called for more women in top jobs.

Geena Davis Symposium

Geena Davis Symposium: UK stats healthier than US

The UK industry has something to celebrate about women in film - at least compared to more dismal stats in the US.

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Germany calls for cultural diversity guarantee in TTIP talks

The German government has issued a clear call for guarantees of diversity in the areas of culture and media in the ongoing TTIP free trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the US.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis: Gender parity on screen can be changed overnight

At the rate of recent growth, it will take 700 years for women’s representation in the media to reach gender equality. That’s not good enough for Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning American actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Protesters on red carpet at BFI London Film Festival

Protests and Chantal Akerman tribute kick off BFI London Film Festival

Feminist protesters jumped the barriers at the premiere of Suffragette.

Cinema

ICO launches women in cinema scheme

Training scheme to help women in film exhibition take the step up into senior management.

Ellen Page at Zurich Film Festival

Zurich: Ellen Page calls for more diverse stories

Actress Ellen Page wants to show more diverse stories on screen as she builds up the producing side of her career,

Persistence key for female film-makers

A Warner Bros. executive has called for more scripts written by women writers to help correct the film industry’s gender imbalance.

Ridley Scott

Toronto: Ridley Scott questioned over diversity

Veteran director asked about diversity at a press conference for The Martian.

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Pact appoints Anjani Patel head of diversity

Anjani Patel will replace outgoing head of diversity Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams.

Clare Stewart

BFI, LFF chiefs slam industry's "pathetic progress" with female directors

At the programme launch for the 59th BFI London Film Festival, festival director Clare Stewart [pictured] and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill highlighted the need to address the lack of women directors in the film industry.