Women Direct 23% of Netflix Films. Now the Company is Spending $5 million to Boost That Number

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By Emma Hinchliffe

The film and television industry has made strides in representing female characters on-screen, but still struggles to support women behind the camera. Over 13 years, ending in 2019, women directed just 4.8% of 1,300 popular movies, with male directors outnumbering female directors 20 to one. In 2019, women directed 10.6% of the year’s top-grossing features.

Netflix, one of the most powerful players in the industry, on Thursday announced that it is committing $5 million this year to fund training and mentorship for female filmmakers in off-screen roles. The initial funding—which is part of a $20 million annual commitment

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