Women ruled at The Sundance Film Festival this year. There is absolutely no doubt about it. We ruled in the documentaries, for directing and for being frickin’ funny. This is especially great to hear considering only 7% of the top 250 top-grossing films released in 2010 were directed by women, 10% were written by women and 24% were produced by women. Only 7% of the 3,879 feature films in both narrative and documentary categories submitted to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival were directed by women. While the number of films made by women as directors and producers is higher in the independent film world, and particularly among documentary films, there remains a marked disparity between the numbers of feature length films completed by male versus female filmmakers.
But when we dominate and high-quality film festivals like Sundance this reminds us that when the number of women in behind the camera roles increases, so do the roles for women in front of the camera and so does the content interesting to women and girls worldwide. And dominate we did as well as break down a few barriers. Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, she expressed the importance of “filmmakers of color to see one another’s films and have them seen.” Check out DuVernay and six other reasons why women ruled at Sundance 2012.