At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, festival organizers turned away a group of women from a screening of Carol for not wearing high heels. In 2017, Sofia Coppola won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award for The Beguiled, becoming only the SECOND female director in the festival’s 70-year history to win the award. This year, 82 women led by Ava DuVernay and Cate Blanchett took to the red carpet to protest the lack of women filmmakers honored at Cannes. In a statement after the protest, Cate Blanchett said, “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.” The women of Cannes made it clear it’s time for a change, in Hollywood and beyond.
"If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, then you can’t ask me either." – Kristen Stewart, via @glamourmag #AskHerMore #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/OCnhzggoTk
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) May 14, 2018
Agnès Varda, one of only two women directors to be awarded a Palme d’Or, at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival with actress Corinne Marchand for CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 and at this year’s festival with Cate Blanchett, @Ava DuVernay, and more, leading today’s 82-woman march for gender parity. pic.twitter.com/UhZ71aklRf
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) May 13, 2018
And it’s not just Cannes. In 2017, only 18 percent of all writers, directors, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top films were women. That’s why this summer, we’re asking you to go see a movie written, directed, or produced by women. Let’s change this narrative by voting with our pocketbooks. Until women are equally represented both in front of and behind the camera, we will not have stories that represent us.
Here is a video celebrating the top 10 most popular GIFs from #ThisIsWhataFilmDirectorLooksLike – featuring (in chronological order) #SofiaCoppola @AmmaAsante @HaifaaMansour @MiraPagliNair @reedmorano @TinaMabry @ReginaKing #GretaGerwig @AsiaArgento and @hereisGina ✨🎥 pic.twitter.com/rJTrwxV785
— Elena Rossini 🌈 (@_elena) May 11, 2018
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team