Icelandic Film Fund – Applications and grants awarded by gender for the years 2013 and 2014

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
ApplicationsGrantsSuccess rate%
Screenwriting support for 2013 and 2014 – screenwriters
Teams of Men & Women171376%
Production support and LOIs processed for 2013 and 2014 – directors
Teams of Men & Women55100%
Total Men24914458%
Total Women815568%
Total Teams of Men & Women221882%

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.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.