Women still only represent a quarter of all film directors working in Europe, according to a European Audiovisual Observatory report.
The report on film professionals working in the European film industry found that women are still underrepresented in film and are often working in male-driven teams.
Between 2017 and 2021 women accounted for 25% of all directors of European feature films.
The gender gap was even more visible among composers and cinematographers, where women only represented 10% of the workforce.
The highest female presence was among producers (34%) and screenwriters (28%).
The gender ratio appears to be more balanced “on screen”, with actresses accounting for 39% of all acting professionals starring in at least one lead role in a feature film.
Behind-the-camera, the highest female presence was registered among producers (34%) and screenwriters (28%).
The presence of female professionals in film crews was higher in documentary films than in other film genres. For instance, women accounted for 30% of directors of documentaries compared to 21% for live-action fiction films and 19% for animated features.
The report also found that, on average, female professionals in film crews worked on slightly fewer feature films than their male counterparts in the time period studied.