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Study says number of female filmmakers at Sundance improving

January 25, 2019

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A new study finds that female filmmakers are submitting to and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in significantly greater numbers than they were a decade ago. But the study released Friday also says the numbers are still well below 50 percent.

The study by the Sundance Institute and University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative looked at more than 26,000 submissions and acceptances for the 2017 and 2018 festivals.

It found that 28 percent of feature-length and episodic projects submitted were directed by at least one woman, and around 35 percent of those were ultimately accepted.

Race and ethnicity was also examined. The study found 24.3 percent of U.S dramatic features accepted in 2017 and 2018 were by filmmakers of color.

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