20th Century Fox and the American Film Institute (AFI), both are partnering together on an initiative to increase the number of female directors in major studio films.
20th Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider made the announcement on Thursday that the initiative will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for aspiring female filmmakers, the opportunity to helm short films based on Fox’s film franchises.
Snider also said that the dearth of female directors is not a matter of passion or talent but it’s often a question of access and resources. And they are excited to offer those to talented female filmmakers who then can build upon practical work experience.
Bob Gazzale, president and CEO of AFI said it believes that the future of this American art form is a true symphony of voices.
They have been committed to this issue and looks forward to this landmark collaboration with Fox to impact the art and entertainment landscape in a profound way, added Bob Gazzale.”
20th Century Fox will produce, finance, and distribute the short films. The female directors will be able to add the projects to their portfolios and pitch Fox feature films unrelated to the shorts in the future.
Nine percent of the top 250 domestic grossing movies in the year 2015 were directed by female filmmakers.