Statistics

Women comprised 5% of all directors working on the top 250 US films of 2011.
Martha M. Lauzen (2011) The Celluloid Ceiling. Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

In the USA women made up just 22% of all feature length film directors represented at 25 film festivals during the 2008–2009 season.
Martha M. Lauzen (2011) Independent Women. Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film 

The percentage of women directors on broadcast television programs in the USA has declined from 16% in 2009–2010 to 11% in 2010–2011.
Martha M. Lauzen (2011) Boxed In. Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

An analysis by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) found that minority ethnic women directed just 1% of 2600 TV episodes in the 2010–2011 television season. Minority ethnic men directed 11% of episodes (the same percentage as Caucasian women), whilst Caucasian men directed 77% of all episodes.
DGA (2011) DGA Report Assesses Director Diversity in Hiring Practices for Episodic Television

The percentage of women depicted on screen is significantly higher for films with at least one woman director (44.4%) than for those with only male directors (31.7%).
Stacy L. Smith and Marc Choueiti Gender Inequality in Cinematic Content? A look at females on screen & behind the camera in top grossing 2008 films

Julie Dash was the first black female director to have a nationally released film with Daughters of the Dust in 1991.
Lamonia Brown (2010) Hollywood’s most overlooked resource: black female directors. The Grio

Between 2007 and 2010 just 11.8% of UK films released were directed by women.
2011 BFI Statistical Yearbook

Not a single film directed by a woman has ever been in the Sight & Sound critics’ annual greatest film poll since it was started in 1952. When in 2012 a longer list containing the 50 greatest films of all time was revealed for the first time only one film by a woman was represented, at number 35 – Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman.
BFI The Sight & Sound greatest film poll archive

In an extended list of the critics’ Top 250 Films of All Time only 7 were directed by women. All are directed by white women from Europe, North America or Australia. Not a single woman director from South America, Afica or Asia made the list.
BFI Sight & Sounds 250 Greatest Films of all Time

In 2012, only five of the top 100 films at the Australian box office had a female director. Just one of these films was solely directed by a woman, the other four were co-directed by a man.
Angela Priestley (2013) Long wait before more films made from a woman’s perspective. Women’s Agenda

Of the 20 top grossing films of 2011 in Germany (accounting for more than 20 million sold tickets) only 1 was directed by a woman. A second film was co-directed by a woman.
Extracted by the London Feminist Film Festival Team from FFA-info 1/2012. German Federal Film Board

Around 20% of all the feature films made in Sweden are by women.
DORIS Network

Only 29 percent of feature films granted funding by SFI (Swedish Film Institute) in 2009 were directed by women.
Torun Börtz (2010) Swedish women behind the camera. Official website of Sweden

During the first decade of the 21st century, 22 women and 21 men graduated from the School of Film Directing in Gothenburg, Sweden, while the numbers for the University College of Film, Radio, Television, and Theatre in Stockholm were 10 men and six women. However women release their first film on average 10 years after graduation, compared to the average four years for men.
Torun Börtz (2010) Swedish women behind the camera. Official website of Sweden

Between 2000 and 2009 women directors were responsible for 23 percent of feature film debuts in Sweden.
Torun Börtz (2010) Swedish women behind the camera. Official website of Sweden

Of the 20 most watched debut films of the last decade in Sweden, only 5 (25%) had women directors. Among the critics’ top 20 Swedish debut films, seven (35%) were directed by women.
Torun Börtz (2010) Swedish women behind the camera. Official website of Sweden

In over 80 years only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow (2009 – The Hurt Locker). Only three other women have ever been nominated for the award: Lina Wertmüller (1976 – Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (1993 – The Piano), and Sofia Coppola (2003 – Lost in Translation). The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, which goes to the director, has been won by three women: Marleen Gorris (1995 – Antonia’s Line), Caroline Link (2002 – Nowhere in Africa), and Susanne Bier (2010  – In a Better World). All these films were directed by white women from Europe, North America, or Australia.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

At the 2010 and 2012 Cannes Film Festivals there were no women directors shortlisted for the Palme d’Or. The highest number of women directors who have been shortlisted is four (20%), in 2011.
Charlotte Higgins (2011) Palme pioneers: women directors at Cannes. The Guardian
Cannes 2011 Festival Selection. Cannes Film Festival website
Vanessa Thorpe (2012) Cannes 2012: Why have no female film directors been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes? The Guardian

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