Sundance, Women In Film promote female filmmakers

January 23, 2012 - 5:35 PM
CORRECTION 2012 Sundance Film Festival Day 1

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO PUTNAM - Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford, right, speaks as Festival Director John Cooper, left, and Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, look on during a press conference at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Sundance Institute and Women In Film are working together to track female filmmakers who are showing their work at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

They plan to use the data to develop programs to increase women's presence in all areas of filmmaking.

The executive director of the Sundance Institute and the president of Women In Film announced the initiative Monday at a private reception in Park City, Utah.

Keri Putnam and Cathy Shulman say the organizations were motivated by statistics that show that only 5 percent of the top 250 films were directed by women. That hasn't changed since 1998.

Female filmmakers are better represented at Sundance, where 27 percent of the films presented were made by women.