EURIMAGES - European Cinema Support Fund


Gender Equality


Since 2012, Eurimages has been considering the issue of gender equality in the Film Industry. A Gender Study Group composed of representatives from 10 members states was set up, with the aim to:

  • 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 support applications submitted to Eurimages.

Further details

During its 140th meeting in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 16 October 2015, the Eurimages Board of Management adopted a strategy for gender equality in the European film industry.

This decision reflects the Fund’s firm commitment to addressing the problem of under-representation of women in cinema. Through the implementation of this strategy, Eurimages will become a driving force for change by adopting a series of measures to promote the role of women in front of and behind the camera.

Strategy for gender equality

The brochure which contains the latest statistics and the key points of the Eurimages strategy for gender equality is now available. (link).

The Gender Study Group meets on a quarterly basis in the framework of the Eurimages Board of Management meetings. An enlarged meeting is also held in each of the host countries.

The aim of these enlarged meetings is to ensure that local authorities and film professionals are made aware of the importance of greater gender equality in the film industry.


Calendar of meetings and other events

 Reflection on "Gender"- Data study for 2014 and evolution for 2012-2014

 Analysis of production budgets of films eligible for Eurimages' support in 2013

Analysis on the themes dealt with in films supported in 2013

National Film Funds

Swedish Film Institute - leading the way in gender equality in Europe

Towards Gender Equality in Film Production

Finnish Film Institute

The Culture Industry in Finland: Evolving Gender

Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo

Women’s Place in today’s Italian Film Industry – First findings

European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA)

The EWA Network was set up in 2012 and has its headquarters in Strasbourg. Its objectives are to promote gender equality for creatives, gender mainstreaming for technical crew and to encourage reflections on the representations of women in audiovisual content.
EWA offers training courses, carries out research and organizes outreach activities to facilitate the sharing of information throughout Europe amongst professionals.


Other Institutions

Report on the market and Italian film industry - 2014 (in Italian only)

Etudes réalisées par le Centre d'études sociologiques et politiques Raymond Aron et le CESPRA sur l'inégalité des hommes et des femmes dans l'audiovisuel (avril-juin 2015) (in French only)

FOCAL - La question du genre : faits et chiffres dans l'encouragement du cinéma suisse - 28 janvier 2015 (in French only)

2014 UNESCO Report on Gender Equality and Culture

CNC - La place des femmes dans l'industrie cinématographique et audiovisuelle - February 2017 (in French only)

CNC - La place des femmes dans l'industrie cinématographique et audiovisuelle - March 2014 (in French only)

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media – Gender Bias without Borders

Who Produces German Films? Gender Report 2009-2013: a study on German productions shows that in 2009 and 2013, 22% of full lengths were directed by women

La Guilde française des scénaristes - La place des femmes parmi les auteurs écrivants dans le cinéma français sur 10 ans (2003-2012) (in French only)



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