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New Frontiers in Film: The Gender Equality Revolution, Aug 18

August 18, 2014

Stories of Sundance directors and industry professionals, presented with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Join SFU Public Square at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus on Monday, August 18th for a moderated panel discussion exploring the emergence of women in the film industry.

Many of us have heard of the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies. It tests movies according to 3 simple criteria:

  1. Are there at least two women in the film?
  2. Do they talk to one another?
  3. About something other than a man? Sadly, most of the celluloid canon fails this test.

Is it surprising that women's lives remain unexplored in popular cinema given not much has changed for women in film since the 1940s? The most encouraging numbers show that just 6% of directors in Hollywood are women (internationally, it’s 8%).

This is why the Queer Film Festival's 2014 season is a watershed moment. In a year of groundbreaking cinema, over 50% of the festival's feature programs are helmed by women. Not only that, these directors are Aboriginal, transgender, women with disabilities and women of colour—intersecting identities that are the least common in above-the-line credits.

Is there a paradigm shift happening that is levelling the playing field for women directors? What roles do festivals, and particularly queer film festivals, play in creating exhibition opportunities? Join two directors on the fast track as they share their paths to Sundance, HBO, and beyond.

When: Monday, August 18, 2014

Time: 12pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 7000

Cost: This event is free, but registration is required

For more information on this event and to see the panelists, please visit