Until a coworker at my day job passed this on to me recently, I had no idea that Bolex offered this grant for productions with female cinematographers of up to $10,000 of equipment rentals for up to 21 days! The application is a ongoing rolling submission.
As part of this initiative, they have some statistics on their website about women in the film industry. None of it is startling for those in the field who know how male dominated it is–but it’s still a sobering reminder of how far there is to go (and transgender folks are of course not even on the radar of these kinds of stats collections yet).
- Film schools in the United States have 50% male and 50% female graduates.1
- No female director of photography has been nominated for an Academy Award.
- The first studio film with a female director of photography was FATSO (1980).
- The first female member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Brianne Murphy, was invited to join in 1980.
- As of 2014, 14 of 374 members of the ASC are women, just 3.7%.2
- From 2008-2014, an average of 11% of independent narrative and documentary features screening at major US film festivals had female cinematographers.3
- Women comprised 7% of cinematographers working on narrative features screening at festivals in 2013-2014.3
- Women accounted for 12% of cinematographers working on documentaries screening at festivals in 2013-2014.3
- Women comprised 3% of directors of photography on prime-time broadcast television shows from 1997-2013.4
- Women comprised 2% of directors of photography on all shows on broadcast networks, basic cable, pay cable, and Netflix original shows from 2012-2013.4
- Women accounted for 3% of all cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.5
- 36% of the top 250 films employed 0 or 1 woman in the key roles of director, writer, executive producer, producer, editor, or cinematographer. 2% of films employed 10 to 13 women in these positions. Conversely, 1% of films employed 0 or 1 men in key roles, and 32% employed 10 to 13 men.5