The gender gap in Hollywood is startling, with women making up only 7% of the top 250 American films. Despite the growing conversation surrounding inequality in the film industry, female filmmakers face limited opportunities, simply based on their gender. For instance, in 2014 85% of films had no female directors, 80% had no female writers, 33% had no female producers, 78% had no female editors and 92% had no female cinematographers, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Women deserve equal opportunities for their equal talent and experience, but Hollywood today has not quite reached that level.
The Solution Offered by Adrienne Shelly Foundation
Sevenly is partnering with the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to correct the gender inequality in the entertainment industry by supporting women filmmakers. They provide grants to female filmmakers so that they can produce high quality work in a market that is challenging for women to succeed in. To create positive media visibility for female filmmakers, the foundation sends two of them to the Sundance Film Festival each year, and works to foster a supportive community of allies.