Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now

Korycinski, an award-winning filmmaker, is currently in pre-production on “The Haircut,” a short film about the first class of female cadets, as part of the 40th annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women. “The Haircut” team recently received the $5,000 Creative District Grant. Creative District, which Indiewire called “LinkedIn, but tailored to creatives” is building a professional network for film and media makers to collaborate. In a guest post below, Korycinski writes about why it’s so important that the film industry support women directors.

I’m a director – a female director. Over the past 8 years, through my experience in different facets of film and television, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect upon what it means to be a woman in search of open doors. They’re out there, believe me, but often times they require a little push or an entire well-placed boot heel to gain access. As a woman in the film industry, you’ll have to work harder and longer to compete. Is that fair? Of course not, but here are 5 reasons it’s worth pushing harder and giving your stories an opportunity to be told.

1. Money Talks

First and foremost, at its most successful levels, film and television work is lucrative. What if a lion’s share of a market remains untapped? Silly business model, for sure. Here’s where women come in: we spend more. Significantly more.  According to Fleishman-Hillard Inc., in one decade women will control an estimated two-thirds of the consumer wealth in the U.S.  Women also currently dominate day-to-day spending and make a majority of consumer financial decisions. The total purchasing power of women is estimated anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion. Anyone else want to tap into that? …

Read the rest of Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now, originally found on Indiewire.