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More women are becoming film producers

February 10, 2000

How common are women on the production side of filmmaking?

About a quarter of the directors of the 113 feature films selected for this year's Sundance festival were directed by women. That's about twice as many as last year, the Washington Post reported.

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The numbers of women film producers increased between 1987 and 1997, but there still are significantly fewer women involved than men, according to two 1998 studies conducted by San Diego State University on behalf of the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Film & Video.

Gayle V. Economos, president of the Maryland chapter of that organization, cited those studies, and admitted that the statistics are not happy ones. But the numbers are getting better, according to Economos. "There are plenty of opportunities for women, and lots of women are working in this business," she said.

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Women in Film & Video of Maryland Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting women in the film and video industry. The Maryland group is a founding chapter and one of more than 40 affiliates in the United States and other countries.

Each meeting of the all-volunteer organization is preceded by a session of networking, and the group is raising funds for its annual scholarship/mentorship, which will go to a young woman who will be a college junior in the fall. Students enrolled in film and television studies at any accredited four-year university in Maryland are eligible to apply.

For information, call 1-410-685-FILM, mailbox 7. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 20.

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