A funny thing happened on the way to my eighth screening at this year’s Sundance film festival. Like many major lineups, it’s front-loaded with most of the biggest premieres taking place within the first weekend and almost three full days in, I’d seen some of the buzziest titles to be unveiled. I was walking with a fellow critic, recounting what I’d seen and I figured out that thus far, I’d only seen one film directed by a man. This might not seem to the casual observer to be an earth-shaking realisation but having attended film festivals for the last six years while also reporting on the lack of behind-camera diversity shown by schedulers, this felt like the sea change many had been waiting for. By the end of the festival, having seen 19 films, only four were directed by white men while 12 were from women. To put it in perspective, when I attended Toronto film festival in 2019, out of the 20 films I saw, only five were from female film-makers. What made the shift feel even more notable is that the films I’d selected to see, out of a migraine-giving 188 titles, were all top-tier, mostly playing within… Read full this story
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