AMPAS invitees represent 77 countries

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 928 new members (up from last year’s 683 invitees), 49 percent female filmmakers from across the world. In a three-part FF2 Media series, we examine the efforts of AMPAS to actively create gender balance in screenwriting, directing and overall diversity in filmmaking.

The new, international class represents 20 percent of the voters and 77 countries. “We really are committed to making this an organization for international artists,” academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson told the Times in 2017.

The foreign and international representation covers directors, documentarians, editors and writers, as well as cinematographers, production and costume designers, composers, sound mixers and editors, visual effects artists and animation makers. The more diverse voters break down into several geographic places: Asia, Europe, the U.K., Australia, and Spanish speakers from the Americas and Spain, while Scandinavia and Africa remain small.

Some prominent figures to this year’s class include J.K Rowling, Emily V. Gordon, and Vanessa Taylor as well as Zhao, Nadine Labaki, Rebecca Zlotowski and others. Among the countries represented by female filmmakers this year are China, France, Germany, Lebanon, England, Poland, among others.

Due to the increased influx of foreign talent in all branches, publicists and marketers will have to find ways to deal with members who are more spread out  — which makes networking a bit harder,” according to Anne Thompson at IndieWire. “Some wonder about the international members who don’t speak English; while festivals may have subtitled prints, where Oscars are concerned, English is the lingua franca.”

Due to recent backlash and the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaigns, the Academy is aiming to actively diversify membership. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only and is divided into 17 branches, representing different disciplines in motion pictures.

This year’s invitees include:

Giora Bejach – Foxtrot, Lebanon

Céline Bozon – Félicité, Black Heaven

Bonnie Elliott – Spear, Teenage Kicks

Dana Gonzales, ASC – Shot Caller, Incarnate

Paula Huidobro – Oh Lucy!, Permanent

Irina Lubtchansky – Ismael’s Ghosts, My Golden Days

Claire Mathon – A Violent Life, Staying Vertical

Urszula Pontikos – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Second Coming

Alexis Zabé – The Florida Project, Post Tenebras Lux

Chloe Zhao – The Rider

Julie Peyr – Ismael’s Ghosts

Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant, The Arbor

Annemarie Jacir – Wajib, When I Saw You

Nadine Labaki – Capernaum, Where Do We Go Now?

Rachel Perkins – Jasper Jones, Bran Nue Dae

Angela Robinson – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Herbie: Fully Loaded

Alice Rohrwacher – Happy as Lazzaro, The Wonders

Béla Tarr* –  The Turin Horse, The Man from London

Aisling Walsh – Maudie, The Daisy Chain

Chloé Zhao* – The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me

Rebecca Zlotowski – Planétarium, Grand Central

Read the full list of invitees. 

Read Part One of the series focusing on the diverse female screenwriters in AMPAS & Part Two about the diverse female directors.

© Nikoleta Morales (7/31/18) FF2 Media

Photo: Clio Barnard (from Variety)

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