International Women’s Day: resources + forums for female filmmakers

Today I gave a presentation in my MA class (via Zoom… sigh). On documentary ethics. On International Women’s Day.

So naturally I wore my Time’s Up shirt, seized the opportunity to discuss (the lack of) gender parity in media industries and rounded off with a collection of female-focused platforms/ forums/ resources, which my cishet gentleman prof just loved. Said resources are listed below for your information and inspiration.

Read a case study, see if your favourite movie passes the Bechdel test or watch a female-directed film today! My pick: Miranda July’s lyrical odd-ball caper Kajillionaire.

The goods:

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Non-profit research organisation researching gender representation in media and advocating for equal representation.


Founded in 2010 by the inimitable Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a grassroots distribution, arts and advocacy collective focused on films by women and people of colour.

Women in Film

Advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries –  to achieve parity and transform culture. 

The Cherry Picks

Amplifies the female critical voice by aggregating reviews by women and looking at film through a female lens. Reading what white cishet men think about films can be exhausting – hit Cherry Picks up & give yourself a break.

Women in Film & Television UK

Membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide.

Sundance Resource Map for Women Filmmakers

Resources for female filmmakers/ raising awareness among decision-makers and gatekeepers in the industry about the deficit of women behind the camera in independent film and beyond.

aaaaand rounding off with some lovely stats circa 2017 from a study by the British Film Institute highlighting how far we still have to go to reach gender parity in UK film, both on-screen and off.

Happy patriarchy-smashing!

Very fun stat circa 2018 from the New York Film Academy!