The lack of female representation at the Venice Film Festival

Film projector. Credit: Pixabay. 

The Venice Film Festival kicked off today. About a quarter of the 1000 films submitted to the festival were made by women, only two made it into the competition.

The 10-day international competition is also being scrutinized for missing the message on #timesup. Roman Polanski’s film "An Officer and a Spy" is in the competition. Polanski was convicted of rape charges in 1977.



  • Tim Grierson - Senior U.S. Critic for Screen International, a contributing editor at MEL, and the author of “This Is How You Make a Movie" - @TimGrierson