The 2018 Venice Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday with a call for gender equality from Jury president Guillermo del Toro.
The “Shape of Water” director attended the opening press conference with fellow Jury members Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Sylvia Chang, Trine Dyrholm, Nicole Garcia, Paolo Genovese, Malgorzata Szumowska and Taika Waititi.
“I think the goal has to be 50/50 by 2020, if it’s 50/50 by 2019 that’s even better,” del Toro told the gathered press, Variety reported.
“We have a real problem now. It’s a real problem in our culture in general. Many of the voices that need to be heard have to be heard. It’s not a matter of establishing a quota, it’s a matter of in this time, precisely this type of conversation to call it out and make it known. I think it’s necessary because for many decades, if not centuries, it has not been called. It’s not a controversy, it’s a real problem.”
Del Toro added that he has female directors and screenwriters attached on more than half of the projects he’s currently developing.