Ortiz opened the debate with a description of the audiovisual scene in Valencia, where 49 films are showing in theatres this week. Of these films, only nine were directed by women (one was co-directed). Moreover, almost all the titles are European and low-budget (except for Mamma Mia!), which demonstrates how difficult it is for women to gain access to mega-productions.
Ortiz also pointed out that there are few female festival directors or critics. Moreover, of the 25 best-performing films in Spain this year, only three featured women in the lead roles.
Begoña Siles – writer and professor of Audiovisual Narrative at Cardenal Herrera-CEU University – drew attention to the fact that the VFF is screening 154 audiovisual works, of which only 21 are directed by women.
Inés París – director, screenwriter and president of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media) – remarked: “This is a thoroughly male-dominated profession”.
Finally, Slovakian director Janja Glogovac – who is taking part in this year’s festival with her film L...Like Love in the Mostra Mujeres section – commented during the round table discussion: “As I listen, I realise my problem isn’t unique, it goes well beyond my country”.
María Gómez cineuropa.org