Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) organisers said that they are planning to honour the leading ladies in movies, as well as women filmmakers in the cinema industry, presenting an award for female talent, AFP reported.
A list including Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, and Meryl Streep will walk on the red carpet at North America's biggest film festival, TIFF, that opens on Thursday September 5th and runs until Sunday September 15th.
TIFF’s organisers said it was a "priority" to correct the film industry's historic imbalance against females.
"We've really just chosen to foreground gender and the representation of gender," festival’s director Cameron Bailey told AFP.
He added, "As a concern in movies generally, there's a long history of this from the very beginning; it affects films at every stage."
It should be mentioned that more than 300 films, including 133 world premieres, from 84 countries will be shown to critics, actors and actresses in Toronto, with nearly 50% of these movies directed by women.
Noting that Canada's largest city’s film festival is considered to be a key step on the journey to the Oscars.
On the other side of the world, the Venice International Film Festival recently stirred up wide controversy by listing only two films directed by females on its main prize program.