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LA Film Festival Unveils 2016 Lineup with 43% Women Directors

The LA Film Festival has revealed the lineup for its 2016 edition. Women directors are very well represented in the 22nd annual fest— take note, Cannes.

“Paint it Black”: LA Film Festival

The lineup features a slate of 56 feature films, 58 short films, and 13 short episodic works representing 28 countries and will feature 42 world premieres. Across the five feature competition categories, 43 percent of the films are directed by women, a three percent increase from last year’s already stellar 40 percent.

Actress Amber Tamblyn (“Two and a Half Men”) will be making her directorial debut with “Paint it Black,” which follows a young woman coping with the tragic death of her boyfriend. Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” and her distribution company Array Releasing will receive the Spirit of Independence Award.

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Stocks Perform Better when Women on Company Board

Companies with women on their boards performed better in challenging markets than those with all-male boards in a study suggesting that mixing genders may temper risky investment moves and increase return on equity.

Shares of companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and with women board members outperformed comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent worldwide over a period of six years, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, created in 2008 to analyze trends expected to affect global markets.

The number of women in boardrooms has increased since the end of 2005 as countries such as Norway instituted quotas and companies including Facebook Inc. (FB) added femaledirectors after drawing criticism for a lack of gender diversity. The research, which includes data from 2,360 companies, shows a greater correlation between stock performance and the presence of women on the board after the financial crisis started four years ago.    

“Companies with women on boards really outperformed when the downturn came through in 2008,” Mary Curtis, director of thematic equity research at Credit Suisse in Johannesburg and an author of the report, said in a telephone interview. “Stocks of companies with women on boards tend to be a little more risk averse and have on average a little less debt, which seems to be one of the key reasons why they’ve outperformed so strongly in this particular period.”

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