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 perspectives from women 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 women 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 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 projects to fund and see through production. 

Workshop and Forum

Tribeca will begin to look for the best emerging women 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 and alumni, TFI will assemble a short-list of projects for a committee to ultimately select five projects to attend. If you believe you are an eligible participant, please email your bio or resume to scripted@tfiny.org.

Over the course of three days in New York City during the fall (November 4-6, 2019), 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 an opportunity to meet executives programming short form content. 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 participating projects 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.

Mentors and session leaders for the Workshop and Forum will include respected women filmmakers (writers, directors, and producers) as well as talent working in front of and behind the camera. Previous mentors have included Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke, Stella Meghie, Rashida Jones, Anna Boden, Leslye Headland, Effie T. Brown, Celia Costas, Lydia Pilcher, Donna Gigliotti, Emily Mortimer, Rachel Morrison, Courtney Cox, Debra Granik, Christine Vachon, Ilene Chaiken, Amma Asante, Veena Sud, and a variety of other established filmmakers, producers and executives.

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 the project reach its potential.

The additional four 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.

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


Projects are selected with the intention to support working filmmakers who identify as women. Eligible participants may be a writer-director or writer, and if the applicant is solely the writer then a woman director must be attached to the submitted project. Candidates should have made at least one short previous work in their area of focus. Directors who have completed a scripted feature are no longer eligible for this program. THROUGH HER LENS has no restriction on genre, style, or theme or project.