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Via Icelandicfilmcentre.is press release

Concerning the debate about the status of women filmmakers in Iceland, the Icelandic Film Centre has gathered data detailing the total number of applications to the Icelandic Film Fund and grants and letters of intent awarded by gender for the years 2013 and 2014. For these figures, the gender of an applicant was determined by the screenwriter or director attached to the application.

The table below shows the total number of applications for screenwriting and production support, and the number of grants awarded, by gender, followed by the success rate. These numbers include support for feature films, TV series, documentaries and short films.

Success rate of applications by gender over the last two years
Applications Grants Success rate%
Screenwriting support for 2013 and 2014 – screenwriters
Men 151 88 58%
Women 57 37 65%
Teams of Men & Women 17 13 76%
225 138 61%
Production support and LOIs processed for 2013 and 2014 – directors
Men 98 56 57%
Women 24 18 75%
Teams of Men & Women 5 5 100%
127 79 62%
Total Men 249 144 58%
Total Women 81 55 68%
Total Teams of Men & Women 22 18 82%

In summary, men have accounted for 151 applications for screenwriting support, with 58% of those applications resulting in a grant being awarded. In comparison, women have applied for screenwriting support 57 times, with 65% of those applications resulting in a grant.

Regarding production support, men have applied 98 times, with 57% of those applications resulting in grants being awarded. In comparison, women have applied 24 times, with 75% of those resulting in grants.

The total success rate for women is 68% and the total success rate for men is 58%.

Men have accounted for 249 applications overall, or 71% of the total number of applications, and have received 66% of grants awarded. In comparison, women have accounted for 81 applications overall, or 23% of the total, and have received 25% of grants awarded.

It is worth noting that development support is not considered in the above data. The reason for this is that, in most cases, projects applying for development support are the same projects as those applying for production support. A total of 18 applications for development support were received in 2013 and 2014, a figure that should have little effect on the above data.