Through Her Lens: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

The application for THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program (THL) can be accessed and completed online through a link sent by invitation only. The applicant will submit a production ready short film script, a budget for under $80K and link to previous footage. Please email us at with your bio or resume if you’d like to be considered to apply.

When is the submission deadline and what is the entry fee?

Submissions for the 2019 workshop are closed, and will reopen for the 2020 cycle in summer of 2020. There is no entry fee to apply to THL, but it is only open to filmmakers via invitation. 

Am I eligible?

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. If you identify as non-binary and would like to discuss opportunities at TFI, please call us at 212.274.8080. Documentary feature directors transitioning into scripted are eligible.

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. 

How many projects will be selected?

Five projects will be brought to the workshop, with up to two participating members of each team. Team members that identify as a woman are welcome to attend. One project will receive the $80,000 grant and the four other participating projects will receive a $5,000 grant to keep their project moving forward after the workshop.

Are student films or grad thesis eligible for THL?


Are students, undergraduate or graduate, eligible to apply to THL?


When will I be notified about my application status?

All applicants will be notified via e-mail no later than September 5, 2019.

Do I need footage to apply to THL?

We require a minimum of 5 minutes of consecutive footage of the director’s previous work. Previous work produced of writers is appreciated, but not required.

Do I need a full script or is a treatment sufficient?

Yes, you need a full script and it should be close to or production ready.

Do I need a full budget or is a top sheet sufficient?

You may provide just a topsheet as long as the total is under $80K. Please remember to include your full post, deliverables, festival submission fees and any marketing materials you wish to have. Tribeca and Chanel will not be giving additional funding for these fees.

Does Tribeca own the rights to my project if it is selected for the program?


However, if you are selected as the Production Grant recipient, you agree to place a logo for THROUGH HER LENS® in the introductory credits at the beginning of the short film produced in connection with the Project.

If you are selected to receive either the Production Grant or a Development Grant, you agree to place the following credit in any feature length or TV version(s) or spin-off(s) of the Project: “Developed through Tribeca's THROUGH HER LENS® program”; and the following acknowledgments, in addition to any logos may be provided to you, in the end credit scroll of your final short film, on all theatrical one-sheets/posters and any film-specific website for the Project, in substantially the following form “Produced with support from Tribeca Enterprises, Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel”

What is an Artistic Statement?

The Artistic Statement is your opportunity to discuss your creative vision for your project. This is where you can speak of the tone and style of the film, and to the reasoning behind your creative choices with regards to subject matter, medium, setting, etc. It’s also the place to touch upon your motivation for telling this story and for how you’ve decided to tell it.

What is a Filmmaker Statement?

The Filmmaker Statement is your opportunity to explain how this program will help your future filmmaking career. Although we are only granting one project, we are choosing filmmakers who are thinking strategically about their future and we would like this workshop to help advance them in their career.

Does THL look for certain types of films? How do I know if my project has a “qualified director, producer or screenwriter” attached?

THROUGH HER LENS has no restriction on genre, style, or theme. The projects are selected with the intention to support working women filmmakers. Eligible participants may be a writer-director or writer, and if the applicant is solely the writer then a female director must be attached to the submitted project. Additionally, candidates should have made at least one previous work in their area of focus – which may include shorts or series. Directors who have completed a scripted feature are no longer eligible for this program.  Documentary feature directors transitioning into scripted are eligible.

Is THROUGH HER LENS open to filmmakers from around the world?

Applicants must be current residents of the U.S. or Puerto Rico, but do not need to be US citizens.  If you have any specific questions, please contact

I am a screenwriter, but no director/producer is attached to my project yet. Do I qualify for THROUGH HER LENS?

No. Screenwriters are welcome to apply, but we require that a director who identifies as a woman is attached to the project. If you have any specific questions, please contact

If I am just the writer, will my director also be able to attend?

The workshop participants can be teams of two. Writer/directors are allowed to bring a creative producer to the workshop, and writers are allowed to bring their director or creative producer to the workshop. Please include who you would want to attend in your application. We strongly encourage a producer to attend if possible. Each attending participant should identify as a woman.

When do we need to be in attendance for the THL program?

The qualifying writer or writer-director must be in attendance throughout the entirety of the three-day workshop. The exact dates are TBD, will be within the final week of October or first of November.

I live outside of New York City. If I am accepted into the program, will THL cover my travel and accommodation?

THROUGH HER LENS will cover the cost of airfare and set up accommodation for primary participants who do not reside in the New York City metro area.

If my project is selected for THROUGH HER LENS, will it screen at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Acceptance to THROUGH HER LENS does not indicate acceptance to the Festival, but we would want best efforts to complete the film for an April 2020 premiere if possible.

If my project is selected to receive full funding, when does it need to be completed?

Projects must be completed by August 2020.

Can I apply to other TFI programs?

Yes – but this is the only current TFI program for scripted short films. The other TFI scripted programs open for submissions in September 2019 and you can apply with a feature, but you will have to fill out another application.

Am I allowed to submit more than one project?

Yes, however we encourage applicants to submit the script that they feel is most production ready. Applicants do need to fill out a separate application per project.

Are there any stipulations on when I make the film?

Yes. The film has to be completed within the year of the workshop.

If I am accepted to the program, what will I be expected to do before I arrive?

The selection committee and a committee of writing mentors will provide feedback and notes on your draft you submit. You will need to address these notes and return your final script three weeks before the workshop.

Where can I find additional answers to questions? 

Our staff will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us at or 212.274.8080.