Annenberg study examines gender gap in independent film industry

Despite the high profile inclusion of films written and directed by women at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a gender gap still persists in the American independent film industry, according to a study conducted by researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that was commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles. Only 24% of all movies programmed for the Festival between 2002 and 2012 were directed by women, the study found, and women are more likely to direct documentaries than narrative films. "Female directors are more likely to feature girls and women on screen than male directors," said study authors Stacy L. Smith, Katherine Pieper and Marc Choueiti.

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