Traversing the continent from Ireland to Denmark and Portugal to Macedonia, the program highlights 10 stellar new features from vital European talents leading the charge for change.
Cinema has always brought a variety of stories and subject matter to the silver screen, but when it comes to representing a range of different voices, gender diversity still takes a back seat.
That’s not just a historical observation. Sadly, it’s also a reflection of the current status quo. In 2016, only 7% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by women — a decrease from 9% in 2015.
The industry-wide underrepresentation of female filmmakers is a disparity that can’t be ignored. Indeed, shining a spotlight on the women attempting to redress the imbalance is what this showcase is all about, and why Screen International is honoured to join forces with European Film Promotion and the Sydney Film Festival.
Sarah Ward, Film Critic, Screen International
For additional information on the featured films and filmmakers, scroll below or visit efp-online.com.
Sydney Film Festival welcomes the following film artists to the 2017 Festival: Rachel Braunschweig, Rusudan Glurjidze, Hope Dickson Leach, Teona Strugar Mitevska, Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane, Shahrbanoo Sadat.