On the independent film circuit, female directors are becoming more commonplace -- half of this year's entries in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category were director by women. Bringing a film to Sundance has already become a proven way to help women break into Hollywood directing, according to a 2010 USC Annenberg study, of the 4.4% of women who were behind the camera for top movie studio films over the past 11 years, 41.5% of these directors were backed by the Sundance Institute's programs or had films appear at the Sundance festival.

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