AUSTIN, Texas — Gender equality is a drastic concern for many industries. It's made for scandalous headlines in Hollywood.
When Frances McDormand won an Oscar last Sunday she made a stirring speech to demand equality in filmmaking.
For many years South By Southwest stayed ahead of the curve welcoming and honoring a significant number of female filmmakers.
All four of Saturday's big red carpet gala premieres at Paramount Theater were for films directed by women.
It's believed to the be the first time that's happened in the festival's 25 year history.
SXSW Film Festival director Janet Pierson said they didn't intentionally schedule only films made by women.
Women just happened to make many of the best films the festival wanted to show.
Mélanie Laurent's "Galveston," Sarah Daggar-Nickson's "A Vigilante," Julia Hart's "Fast Color" and Kay Cannon's "Blockers" all screened Saturday at Paramount Theater.
Spectrum News' Victor Diaz has reaction from the festival director and filmmakers in the video above.