The head of Britain’s film academy says the lack of female directors in awards competition represents “an industry-wide problem.”
The British Academy Film Awards have been criticized for not nominating any women for best director this year. Only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow, has ever been named best director at the British prizes, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.
BAFTA chairwoman Pippa Harris, a film and TV producer, said only 10 percent of the films entered for award consideration were directed by women, and “it needs to be 50 percent.”
She says there’s a wealth of female directors working in television, but they have had trouble getting noticed and moving on to feature films.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Harris said “men seem to find that transition much easier” but that things are changing.