As some of you may know, Popcorn Horror will be participating in the Women in Horror Month campaign for our sixth year running. Since 2012, we have been thrilled to participate in this important project and celebrate the works of talented women in all sectors of the horror industry.
This year, we examined what else we can do to support women within the independent horror industry, and indeed in the film industry as a whole.
The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, in their latest report found:
- In 2017, women comprised 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films. This represents an increase of just 1 percentage point from 17% in 2016 and is virtually even with the number achieved in 1998.
- Last year, 1% of top grossing films employed 10 or more women in key behind-the-scenes roles, while 70% of films employed 10 or more men.
- By role, women accounted for only 11%, of directors, 11% of writers, 19% of executive producers, 25% of producers, 16% of editors, and 4% of cinematographers.
Of course, we are all familiar with the added concerns in horror, where women are historically portrayed stereo-typically and as victims.
In order to encourage and support more creative women in horror, we are excited to announce that female filmmakers will receive discounted submission fees for Glasgow Horror Festival: BITE SIZE.
For the duration of WiHM – the month of February – female filmmakers may use the code WIHM2018 when submitting to the festival, which takes place in April. This will remove 25% from the total submission costs.
In keeping with the ethos of the project, Popcorn Horror encourages submission from filmmakers at various points in their career and keeps submission costs to an absolute minimum in order to be as accessible as possible to all creative horror enthusiasts. Submission costs are just $6 for short films and $12 for features, with the funds being used to support events such as this, which give indie creators a voice among the horror community.
Films with female directors, script writers, executive producers or from a female-lead studio are invited to use the code to lower the price by a further 25%. The code is active from the 1st February until the 28th.
We are looking forward to seeing what sights women of horror have to share with us!
Film Submission – https://filmfreeway.com/GlasgowHorrorFestivalBITESIZE
Festival Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/785670371622863
Festival Tickets – http://bit.ly/BITESIZEHORROR
Women in Horror Month website – http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com
Women in Hororr Month Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WomenInHorrorMonth/
WiHM Blood Drive info – http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com/massive-blood-drive/
Official WiHM Blog – http://axwound.womeninhorrormonth.com