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Gender equality within Eurimages: current situation and scope for evolution


Encouraged by initiatives taken in certain of the Fund’s member states, such as Sweden, Finland and Austria, in favour of gender equality in the European cinematographic sector, in 2013 Eurimages decided to address this problem and examine the situation regarding the projects submitted for support.


Analysis of figures for 2012 shows a strong disparity, as the average representation of women in 5 major functions (production, directing, script, editing, photo) is only 23% and, more importantly, the success rate in terms of support granted for projects written and directed by women is inferior (37%) to that of men (50%).


In light of this, Eurimages decided in June 2013, to form a study group tasked with collecting information at national and European levels to better understand the situation, proposing measures aimed at reinforcing gender equality within Eurimages and ensuring that these measures are carried out.


At the instigation of this study group, measures aimed at ensuring gender balance within the pool of script readers and the co-production working group, directly involved in the process of the selection of projects, were adopted in October 2013.


In December 2013, a public debate with representatives of the national cinematographic industry and associations involved in the question of gender equality was organised in Vienna. In light of the success of this initiative, it was decided to repeat the experience during each of the Fund’s meetings in the member states, with a view to raising awareness, and exchanging and collecting information.


For the year 2014, Eurimages’ objective is to continue the collection of information to enable a detailed evaluation of the situation to be made at the end of the year. In particular, Eurimages has developed, on the platform for the submission of projects, an analytical grid relating to the gender of a project; this grid will be completed by a Bechdel analysis of the script to be supplied by the script readers. These tests, normally used to evaluate the female elements of a project, will in this case also be used to evaluate the masculine elements.


Through the research and analysis of pertinent information, Eurimages also builds on the work already undertaken by other national and European institutions, notably the European Audiovisual Observatory and the EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual) Network.




The next step, foreseen for 2015, will be to decide, if appropriate and in the light of the results of studies and actions taken, if Eurimages should adopt a concrete policy to encourage the presence of women in European cinema.



EURIMAGES is a support Fund for cinema co-production, theatrical distribution, exhibition and digital equipment for cinema theatres established by the Council of Europe in 1988 (Eurimages@coe.int


Since it was set up in 1988, EURIMAGES has supported 1560 European co-productions for a total amount of approximately 474 million euros.

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