Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SXSW Announces Most of Its 2016 Lineup: Competition Sections Are 40% Female-Helmed

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its 2016 lineup, and eight of twenty films in competition are female-helmed or co-helmed: That amounts to a not-at-all shabby 40%. In 2015, only 25% of the films in competition were directed or co-directed by women. What a difference a year makes -- in the Competition sections, at least.  Female filmmakers are typically better represented in the documentary world than the narrative, but happily women account for 40% of both the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competitions at the 23rd edition of SXSW. The Narrative Feature Competition includes Debra Eisenstadt's "Before The Sun Explodes," Lisa Robinson and Annie J....

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