Female Directors in Cannes 2018

As groundbreaking and compelling the annual Cannes Film Festival may be, the majority of films featured at the festival every year are directed by men. Unfortunately, the film industry still has a ways to go in terms of equality. However, that’s not to say that there are no notable female directors at this year’s Cannes festival. The female directors representing their work at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival are praiseworthy indeed. Here are just a few of the female directors who are shattering the glass ceilings at this year’s festival:

Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki is a a Lebanese actress and director, best known for her 2010 film Where Do We Go Now?, a comedy about a group of women who try to keep their husbands from starting a religious war with one another due to a church and mosque existing on the same street in their village. She is far from a stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. She has completed a six month Cannes Film Festival Residence, attended the 2007 and 2011 Cannes Film Festivals for her films Caramel and Where Do We Go Now? and served on the jury for the Un Certain Regard category at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. This year Labaki is nominated in the official selection for the first time for her film Capernaum.

Eva Husson

Eva Husson is a French director whose film Girls of the Sun is nominated in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film’s protagonist is the leader of an all-female Kurdish military unit called Daughters of the Sun. Husson has been in the spotlight before when her French drama film Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) was shown at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. As her directorial debut, the film received mixed reviews from critics, but has a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This year is the first in which Husson’s work has been shown at Cannes.

Alice Rohrwacher

Italian film director Alice Rohrwacher had her Cannes debut in 2011 with her first feature film Heavenly Body. In 2014, she was back at Cannes with her second feature film The Wonders, which took the Grand Prix. After winning the second most prestigious award offered at Cannes, Rohrwacher is returning this year with her film Happy as Lazzaro, which was selected as a finalist for the Palme d’Or.

While there are a handful of remarkable female directors in the official selection, for the first time in nearly a decade, the majority of directors in the festival’s critics’ week competition are women. The film industry, and the Cannes Film Festival, may need more practice focusing their attention on talented female directors, but this year’s director lineup is a promising step in the right direction. The critics’ week competition is dominated by female directors and soon, the official selection will see a more equal balance of female and male directors. In the meantime, let’s celebrate and support the talented female directors at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

GUM Studios 3rd Anniversary

Last Saturday, March 24th, we had the honor of celebrating our third anniversary at GUM Studios,  together with friends, clients, and collaborators.

We celebrated 3 years of hard work and fun, providing our photo and film studio and production service in NYC to make incredible filming and photo sessions among other things. The growth of GUM Studios has been remarkable in the last year as we had the opportunity to open a second location in Brooklyn to which we recently made an extension of space, also remodeled our studio in LIC to make its walls soundproof, and our in-house lighting company YETI  that now has a much broader catalog to meet the requirements of any production.

We greatly appreciate our customers and collaborators who have placed their trust in GUM Studios to make their productions and allow us to continue growing, we have had the satisfaction of having at home brands such as Apple, Adidas, Target, British Vogue, FILA, Project Runway among many others.

We will continue working to be at the forefront and continue offering a service of the best quality for our customers.

This is the photo gallery of our party, enjoy it and see you in the next one!


Photos by PatrickMcMullan + Getty Images

Flower art by Entriken Flowers

Dinner by Tessa Liebman

Drinks by Glenfiddich

Major thanks to Archipelago Books!

DJ Samantha Urbani

New Mural at GUM Studios Brooklyn

Last week we brought to life the front wall of our film and photography studio in Brooklyn, with an amazing mural made by talented Finley.

Finley is an artist based in New York and Rome, known for the development of incredible geometric figures with lots of colors. His projects have been presented around the world, among the most recognized are I'm Every Woman, presented at the Whitney Houston Biennial 2014, and Wallpapered Dumpsters that has been presented at New York Times, La Repubblica, the Huffington Post, NYLON Magazine and others.

We thank Finley for this work of art that he left on the walls of GUM!

Behind Closed Doors by The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

We are very happy to share the last production made at our film studio in NYC.

The commercial Behind Closed Doors for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was filmed under the production of Willa Goldfeder. For this shoot, they used an incredible set of lighting achieving an impressive effect on the final result.

All this would not have been possible without a great team; Young-Ah Kim in wardrobe, Maria Ortega doing an incredible makeup job, spectacular hairstyles by Felicia Nelson, and the beautiful models Eva Minaeva, Aluad Anei, Sai, Kelsey Rogers, Loren Kemp, Anzhela Turenko, Pritika Swarup and Isha Blaaker.

We thank the production team for selecting GUM Studios as their platform to perform this magnificent work and below we leave you with a sample of the final result.


Contact us to learn about our production services and learn about our filming studios in LIC and Brooklyn.