About Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program

For more than a decade, Tribeca has been dedicated to supporting independent voices in storytelling.  As new and unique female perspectives struggle to emerge, partners Tribeca and Chanel identified a growing need to support these creative artists in the filmmaking arena. THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, in collaboration with Pulse Films,  is a multi-faceted program that provides funding, meaningful project support, and significant mentorship for up-and-coming US-based female writers and directors.  With guidance from Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), one of the most engaged and respected supporters of women writers and directors in the US, this Program will develop and nurture essential female artistic voices working toward establishing sustainable careers by helping them refine and present their short film concepts to the film industry, and selecting one of their project to fund and see through production. 

Workshop and Forum

Tribeca will begin to look for the best emerging female screenwriters and directors in the U.S. (eligible participants may identify as writers or writer-directors). Using a non-public nomination system from Tribeca’s extensive list of industry contacts, TFI will assemble a short-list of projects written by women. If you believe you are an eligible participant, please email your resume to scripted@tfiny.org.

Over the course of three days in New York City during October 2017, finalists attend an empowering Workshop and Forum. Striking a balance between industry mentorship and artistic development, the Workshop and Forum will include hands-on consultation for each project, master classes, one-on-one as well as peer-to-peer sessions, and a mini market to meet executives programming short form. Workshops and master classes will contain a range of topics, including script to screen development, story structure, finding collaborators, and fundraising. Special events will include a welcome luncheon, invited dinners, networking, and a closing celebratory award presentation and cocktail.

The first two days of the Workshop and Forum will be dedicated to helping the five participants hone their stories and concepts into succinct presentations. Script feedback will also be provided to all projects from the mentors. Master classes led by some of the boldest and brightest working women in the entertainment industry will provide relevance and balance between the individualized sessions.

The Workshop and Forum will culminate on day three with the participants presenting their short film projects to a curated jury. The award recipient will be selected by the group of five to seven “jurors” based on the entire project – script, writer/director’s vision and succinct industry presentation of the idea.

The grantee will be announced at a networking cocktail event. The selected participant will receive and $80,000 grant to produce their short film with specialized guidance and mentorship from Tribeca to help her fully realize her project’s potential.

The four other participants will receive a $5,000 development prize to keep moving forward with their projects after the workshop. The mission is to support all of the filmmakers and projects in the program.

Mentors and session leaders for the Workshop and Forum will include respected female filmmakers (writers, directors, and producers) as well as talent working in front of and behind the camera. Last years mentors included Catherine Hardwick, Celia Costas, Lydia Pilcher, Donna Gigliotti, Emily Mortimer and a variety of established female filmmakers, producers and executives.

THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program will continue support as the selected project enters wraps production and enters the marketplace.