Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals

Launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the 5050×2020 initiative urges film festivals across the world to make a commitment to gender parity and inclusion.

On 8 May 2019, Sydney Film Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, announced that the Festival had signed the pledge, joining key international film festivals including Berlin, Venice and Cannes.

As part of its commitment, Sydney Film Festival is required:

  • To compile statistics of gender of all directors of all the films submitted to selection;
  • To make public the gender of all members of selection committees and programmers as well as all programming consultants;
  • To make public the gender of executive boards and/or boards of directors and to commit to a schedule to achieve parity in these bodies.

Of the films submitted to the festival, 37% are directed by women.

Of the films selected for the festival (307 in total), 43% are directed or co-directed by women.

The Sydney Film Festival’s selection committee and programmers comprise 27 females and 18 males.

The Festival’s board of directors comprises 4 females and 4 males.

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