Gender gap closure for directors in BC film: report

A new report from the Directors Guild of Canada suggests that the previous gender gap among BC directors has narrowed significantly.

Ten years ago, an overwhelming 89 percent of male directors took the helm of drama, compared to just 11 percent of female directors.

Comparing these figures to 2021 – male directors accounted for 52 per cent of work in BC while women directed 47 per cent.

Additionally, for the first time ever, gender or GNC managers made up one percent of available work.

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“It’s an exciting time and it took a long time to get here,” said Canadian filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji.

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“I’ve been working a lot and I’ve seen a lot of my friends who are directors working too.”

And while important progress is being made, there is still a lack of diversity in BC directors, particularly a lack of Asian directors.

“We’re not really seeing that representation,” said Zach Lipovski, of the Directors Guild of Canada.

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Another disparity is regional employment. Even though B.C.’s film industry has successfully weathered the epidemic and still attracts work like dozens of landmark films from the U.S. each year, most Canadian work goes elsewhere, according to the guild.

“A lot of national broadcasters, either Telefilm or CBC, are really putting all their resources in Ontario and not really spreading it evenly across the country,” Lipovski said.

Figures from the report showed that last year the CBC took 68 per cent of English-language programs in Ontario, Manitoba had eight per cent while BC had just six per cent.

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