The European Audiovisual Observatory published in October 2019 a report with the latest gender statistics covering the period 2003-2017.
- Female directors represent 21% of all directors of European films produced between 2003 and 2017. Women tend to direct fewer feature films compared to their male counterparts: 49% of all women directors included in our sample only directed one single feature since 2003.
- Overall, only 17% of European feature films were directed by women between 2003 and 2017.
- The share of films by female directors in Europe is growing slowly, reaching 19% in 2017.
- The prevalence of female directors is higher in documentary than in fiction and animation.