Less than 9% of admissions for European films went to features by female directors, according to a new report.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Only 16.3% of European films released between 2003 and 2012 were directed by women, according to a new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.

The report, titled Female directors in European film productions, claims the percentage is even lower when it comes to the share of admissions, with European films by women directors accounting for 8.9% of the total admissions in Europe over the same period.

The report covers more than 9,000 European films produced and released between 2003 and 2012, accounting for 3.2 billon admissions in Europe.

Male vs Female in International co-productions

The share of international co-productions according to gender of the director was quite similar over the period with 26.3% of the films directed by women receiving some level of foreign financial investment compared to 28% of films by male directors.

However, the gap according to gender of the director widens when considering share of admissions to international co-productions. This figure stands at 41.7% for films by female directors (119 million admissions) as opposed to 46.9% for those films directed by men (1.38bn million admissions).

The report concludes that more women were given a chance as directors, but this did not have a proportional impact on their share of the box office.

In addition, the list of countries which saw a positive increase in terms of volume of production, numbers of admissions and performance of films by female directors is quite limited and includes Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

The full report can be found here.

Top 20 European films with female directors between 2003 and 2012

#Overall #TitleDirectorGenderProduction yearCountry of productionAdmissions
113Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonBeeban KidronF2004GB/US/FR/DE/IE20 419 559
214Slumdog MillionaireDanny Boyle, Loveleen TandanM, F2008GB17 789 875
350Arthur ChristmasBarry Cook, Sarah SmithM, F2011GBINC/US6 970 435
461The Iron LadyPhyllida LloydF2011GB/FR6 095 384
568Nanny McPhee and the Big BangSusanna WhiteF2010GB/US/FR5 685 161
6107StreetDance 3DMax Giwa, Dania PasquiniM, F2010GB4 319 731
7116LOL (Laughing Out Loud)Lisa AzuelosF2008FR4 087 655
8130Je vous trouve très beauIsabelle MergaultF2005FR3 892 167
9145Coco avant ChanelAnne FontaineF2009FR3 754 725
10165One DayLone ScherfigF2011GBINC/US3 295 120
11179La rafleRoselyne BoschF2010FR/DE/HU3 126 931
12192Die weiße MassaiHermine HuntgeburthF2005DE2 925 621
13199Les infidèlesFred Cavayé, Emmanuelle BercotM, F2012FR2 846 348
14201Palais royal!Valérie LemercierF2005FR/GB2 804 417
15237Enfin veuveIsabelle MergaultF2007FR2 493 350
16239Comme une imageAgnès JaouiF2004FR/IT2 482 690
17243PolisseMaïwennF2011FR2 452 250
18251PersepolisVincent Paronnaud, Marjane SatrapiM, F2007FR2 343 533
19259Kirikou et les bêtes sauvagesMichel Ocelot, Bénédicte GalupM, F2005FR2 300 131
20262Allahin Sadik Kulu: BarlaOrhan Öztürk EsinF2011TR2 271 302

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory / LUMIERE database