Women In Film 2020 - Celebrating Female Directors

Since the start of the entertainment industry and movies began, even back in a systematic time where equal rights for females were neglected, there have been amazingly talented women behind the scenes, working hard and making magic for our viewing.

"Dorothy Emma Arzner - an American film director whose career in Hollywood spanned from the silent era of the 1920s into the early 1940s. From 1927 until her retirement from feature directing in 1943, Arzner was the only female director working in Hollywood." - Wikipedia

Back when the Lumière brothers were shocking audiences with their unbelievable depiction of a running train, Alice Guy-Blaché was pioneering her own techniques in the brand-new artform. When D.W. Griffith was pioneering advances in the art, and building his own studio to make his work, Lois Weber was doing, well, the exact same thing.

When Hollywood was in its Golden Age.. the likes of Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Davenport, Tressie Souders, and many more women were among the best of them in the studios of LA, making their own films, and paving the way for a new generation of female filmmakers which we see continuing to grow and emerge today.

"It’s not even a trend that really abated, because it was never a trend. For so long, women being filmmakers was simply part of the norm, and while recent studies have made it clear that the industry needs a wake-up call when it comes to the skills of some of our finest working filmmakers (who just so happen to be women), strides continue to be made." (Indiewire.com)

We wanted to share with you a brilliant production highlighting the amazing women from 2020 alone (as there are so many to cover!).

"Those are the numbers, but this is their story."

Ava Marie DuVernay, an highly talented American filmmake, won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award.

The UK film magazine Little White Lies has revealed a new retrospective video for 2020 titled Women in Film 2020. The video essay is edited by Portuguese editor named Luís Azevedo and includes commentary on many of the films. "2020 was a great year for women behind the camera.

Here are just some of our favourite films directed by them from last year, including Promising Young Woman​, The Assistant​ and Miss Juneteenth​. "It also features other favorites like The 40 Year Old Version, First Cow, Nomadland, Babyteeth, and Rocks. If you're still looking for any films to catch up with from last year - any and all of these are worth watching."

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