In this article Govindini Murty points out a very important issue In Hollywood Film World. It is well known that it is still very hard to make it as a director, if you´re a woman in Hollywood. Also producers tend to choose mail protagonists over female. Hollywood film world thinks, that female directors are a risky investment. But how can it be?
You can´t explain it by counting numbers. Research shows that the gender of the lead protagonist—or the gender of the director—plays little role in the box-office success of a film.
Dr. Martha Lauzen found in her research at San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film that the size of the production budget is the chief determinant of a film's success, rather than the gender of the director or the lead protagonist.
Nowadays women have to prove their capability in Indie World. Govindini Murty, the writer of this article, suggests that the next step for the independent film community may be to make a targeted effort to encourage women to direct the kinds of genres—sci-fi, thriller, war, action, fantasy, comic book/graphic novel—that would lead to more directing opportunities on Hollywood blockbusters.
I wish American Female Directors good luck.
(In Finland, the Jussi Prize (the Finnish version of Oscars) of The Best Movie, The Best Director and The Best Writing of 2013 went to Maarit Lalli. The budget in her movie Kohta 18 (Almost 18) was 300 000 euros.)