At the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival this fall, Rina Fraticelli, Executive Director of Women in View, shared the results of an inaugural annual report called Women in View on Screen. This report examines the representation of women in the roles of director and screenwriter in 130 Canadian feature films funded through Telefilm Canada and released in 2010 and 2011.
The report reveals that only 17 per cent of the 130 films released in 2010/2011 were directed by women; and a mere 21 per cent had female screenwriters. The results for visible minority and First Nations women were much worse, with only one director and two screenwriters. Women in View chose to focus on directing and screenwriting in their inaugural report because of the impact of these positions play in shaping the final film story, and the employment of others on the film production crew.