USC Annenberg And Time’s Up Study Shows Common Pattern Of Lack Of Women And People Of Color At Film Festivals

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USC Annenberg And Time’s Up Study Shows Common Pattern Of Lack Of Women And People Of Color At Film Festivals
This year, the Sundance Film Festival is showing a strong slate of diverse filmmakers and stories such as Justin Simien’s Bad Hair, Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted, HBO’s Welcome to Chechnya, Sam Feder’s doc Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Bao Nguyen’s Be Water, John James’ Siempre, Luis, Janicza Bravo’s Zola among many others. Even so, this does not make up for the fact that the film festival space has been wildly non-diverse in the past. In a new study titled “Inclusion at Film Festivals” from USC Annenberg and Time Up, it was found that there was a common pattern of a lack of women and people of color in film festivals around the world — and this is a big deal because these festivals point of entry to the industry for emerging filmmakers.

The study, which will be officially released at a Latinx House
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