EXCLUSIVE: We’re still six weeks from the start of the America Film Market, but so far there are 32 films from female directors that will be screened, sold or premiering at the market. Only four of those films — or 13% — were produced in the U.S.: Lynne Southerland’s Cinderella and The Secret Prince, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh’s Becks, Rebecca Addelman’s Paper Year and Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy.
The Lili Fini Zanuck-helmed Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars also is premiering, but it was produced in the U.K.
That news comes after the Toronto Film Festival, which debuted its largest number of female-directed features to date. In terms of the number of female directors at AFM, which runs November 1-8 in Santa MOnica, so far it is on par with last year’s tally.
So which country has the most female directors screening their films? It’s France with seven, including two that will receive their market premieres: Melanie Laurent’s Plonger and Helene Giraud’s Miniscule – Mandibles from Far Away.
Other notables include Claire Denis’ Let the Sunshine In (France), Noémie Lvovsky’s Tomorrow and Thereafter (France), Graciela Rodriguez Gilio’s Beyond the Sun (Argentina) and Bogdana Vera Lorenz’s Lockdown (Germany).
AFM brings together more 7,000 industry pros from 80 countries. It will host screenings or premieres this year on more than 300 films.