France launches sex equality charter

Charter calls for 50:50 female to male ratios on festival and funding commissions, equal pay and an end to onscreen gender stereotypes.

France has launched a sex equality charter for the film industry aimed at improving the number and position of women working in the French cinema sector.

Culture and Communications Minister Aurélie Filippetti, Womens’ Rights Minister and government spokesman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Arte France chief Véronique Cayla and National Cinema Centre (Cnc) president Frédérique Bredin signed the document at a ceremony at the Culture and Communications Ministry on Thursday (Oct 10).

The five-point charter was put together in association with Le Deuxième Regard, a Paris-based lobby group set up by a trio of young female film producers and sales agents to boost the position of women in the French film industry.

Under the charter, the signatories pledged to ensure an equal ratio of women to men on funding selection committees in their organisations as well as stimulate the creation