Indie Women: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women in U.S. Independent Film, 2021-22
In 2021-22, women comprised 39% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on independent films screening/streaming at high-profile film festivals in the U.S. Women accounted for 43% of those working in key behind-the-scenes roles on documentaries and 34% of those working on narrative features. Fests screened/streamed an average of 6 narrative films directed by at least one woman but an average of 10 films directed by men. However, the festivals streamed/screened almost equal numbers of documentaries directed by women (an average of 10) as by men (an average of 11). The study also reports the percentage of women working as composers in independent film. Overall, women comprised 17% and men 83% of composers. Female composers fared better on documentaries (20%) than narrative features (13%).