The paucity of female directors in
Last year, the
The report found that female film-makers were more likely than male directors to employ other women on productions. Under the new programme, 20 participants will take part in a five-week directors' lab before five finalists are chosen to enter a 10-month programme leading to funding and support from Fox for a short film released under the studio brand.
The programme is being spearheaded by
"Along with writers, the vision of directors is key as they obviously bring those stories to life through their own lens."
In May, Campion, as head of the
Speaking out against sexism in the business, Campion, the only woman to have ever won the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or prize, said: "I think you'd have to say there's some inherent sexism in the industry. It does feel very undemocratic and women do notice. Time and time again, we don't get our share of representation."
But of 18 films, only two by female directors were in the running for the Palme d'Or: Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher and Futatsume No Mado (Still the Water) by
In 2012, Le Monde published an open letter signed by female directors and actors accusing the industry of double standards. "At Cannes, women show their breasts, men show their films," the letter said.
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