Since 2012, Eurimages has been considering the issue of gender equality in the film industry.

A Gender Equality Working Group composed of representatives from a number of members states has been set up and meets quarterly, with the aim of:

  • studying the current situation of the presence of women in the cinema sector at national and international level in co-operation with other national and international bodies;
  • analysing the current situation of Eurimages with regards to gender equality in the selection of projects;
  • collecting information on the “gender of the project” and on the content of the script (Bechdel test) for the applications submitted to Eurimages.


 *Aiming for 50/50 by 2020

As part of its strategy, Eurimages has embraced the aim of achieving equal distribution of co-production funding between women and men by the year 2020. The Fund’s progress towards this aim is shown in the campaign graphic “Eurimages supports Gender Equality” published on our website. The “current status” percentage in the graphic reflects the share of total support awarded to projects directed by women and is calculated as a sliding average over the last six decision meetings.


 Strategy for gender equality

its 160th Board of Management meeting in Strasbourg (France) on 16 October 2020, the Eurimages Board of Management renewed its commitment to gender equality by adopting its third strategy for gender equality in the European film industry covering the period 2021-2023.

This decision by the Board of Management reflects the Fund’s ongoing commitment to addressing the problem of under-representation of women in cinema and in particular to supporting female-driven projects. Through the implementation of this strategy, Eurimages will continue to be a driving force for change by adopting a series of measures to promote the role of women in front of and behind the camera.


 Increasing the visibility of female talent

Improving the visibility of talented female directors and sharing best-practice and know how is a pivotal tool in the Eurimages' 2018-2020 action plan. This includes the preparation of brochures sharing information on the gender equality strategy and the Council of Europe Recommendation on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector, as well as the campaign image. The Gold Album - Female Directors celebrates 50 films made by female directors.