Female Filmmakers Have It Just As Rough in Europe As They Do in Hollywood

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A lot has been written on the gender disparity in Hollywood. But to suggest that this is problem unique to Hollywood, or to America, is silly. A recent study conducted by the European Women's Audiovisual Network between 2006 and 2013 in seven countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) found that only 21 percent of the films made in those countries were helmed by women. Eighty-four percent of the financing goes to men (it's worth noting that financing films in Europe is significantly different than it is in Hollywood, but the gender disparity is not any different), although 44 percent of film school graduates are female. The EWAN has called for affirmative action to rectify the problem.