Women Cinematographers Network


Women cinematographers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland got together in a website to promote their work and their careers. The organization is called Women Cinematographers Network.

xxIn the website you can find a short bio and a selected filmography of each of the members.
The group doesn’t intend to be a association or agency but to have in one place the work of women in a field that has been dominated almost exclusively by male.

Visit the website.

Other information published by the group at the begining of the year.

In February 2017, the German Federal Film Board FFA published its study Gender and Film, which analyzed gender diversity among the heads of creative departments of 721 narrative and 389
documentary features that premiered between 2011-2015. 85% of cinematographers working on these productions were men, 10% were women - despite the fact that 22% of Cinematography graduates (1995-2000) and 25% of cinematography students at German Film Schools (2011-2015) were female. According to another German study by Jörg Langer called Die Situation der Film- und Fernsehschaffenden 2015 (The Situation of Professionals working in Film and TV in 2015), the average yearly income (pre-tax) of women cinematographers is 57% lower than that of their male colleagues.

The German Society of Cinematographers currently includes 5.5% women. Since 1954, the German Film Prize in the category “Best Cinematography” has been awarded 73 times, three times to women DoPs: Jolanta Dylewska PSC in 1995, Daniela Knapp BVK in 2011 and Anna Foerster in 2012. At Camerimage 2017, not a single woman DoP has worked on the 13 films in the Main
Competition. “Best Cinematography” remains the only Oscar category to have never nominated a woman.

Without serious efforts to change the hiring practices in the industry the situation will not improve. We are therefore calling for direct interventions to address gender inequality in the film
At least one female DoP should be considered and interviewed for every project - especially, but not limited to, high-budget cinema movies and projects produced for and by public service
broadcasters. Female talent should regularly be included as speakers and participants in public industry events, on panels and in workshops. Our website www.cinematographersxx.de can be used as a resource to find female talent. Our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram post regular updates on our members’ work and their success in the industry.
We call on producers to no longer associate teams of female directors/cinematographers with higher production risks than all-male or mixed teams.

The problem is that hiring a woman as a cinematographer is still seen as a novelty - a rare thing one does in special circumstances. By grouping ourselves together, we hope to overwhelm this
false notion that the reason women aren’t getting hired is because there aren’t any able candidates. We’ve all been told too often on set, “you’re the first female cinematographer I’ve worked
with,” and the question is, why? Why is this still the case in 2016, and how can we change that? The idea is not to be hired because we’re women, or to group ourselves together to imply that
our talents are interchangeable. On the contrary, the ultimate goal is to be hired regardless of gender, and to show that we are all individuals with unique artistic voices and backgrounds. Not
only that, but in a field as competitive as ours, we want to be supporting each other however possible. We want to encourage more women to enter and thrive in our still male-dominated
workplace, so that one day the scales will balance out, and the industry will become truly genderblind and gender-balanced. Catherine Goldschmidt, cinematographer and co-founder of illuminatrix

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