Wilson doesn’t think there is a lack of women in screenwriting, but very few who are given an opportunity to rise to the top. In 1998, the percentage of women working as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers on the top 250 domestic grossing films was 17 percent, compared to 83 percent by their male counterparts, according to the Center for the Study of Women In Television & Film. That number has held steady through the past nearly 20 years, and today it is still only 19 percent.
“It’s fairly widely assumed that this is due to good old-fashioned sexism. But yes, it’s absolutely changing, especially thanks to the attention that the issue is getting at the moment in the media. High-profile women are also stepping forward to give tangible support to other female writers, such as The Writer’s Lab, funded by Meryl Streep. Others, like Jessica Chastain and Rose Byrne, have started their own production companies with the mission to create more films by women.”
She feels it’s tough in day-to-day life to find time to write when she’s trying to make money in the rough waters of being a freelancer.
“So just having a window of time to dedicate to it is invaluable, and being in a beautiful setting like LBI is a bonus.” Wilson added, “It’s wonderful that LIFF have chosen to focus on female writers only for this, to give more opportunity to the minority voice.”
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