Tribeca Enterprises has partnered with Chanel and announced it’s second Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.  The program provides funding, meaningful project support, and significant mentorship for up-and-coming US-based female writers and directors.

Five emerging filmmakers—Ani Simon-Kennedy, Joey Ally, A.V. Rockwell, Catherine Eaton, and Sonejuhi Sinha—were selected to participate in the three-day workshop, which brings together women from every part of the film industry to provide support. One of the five will receive full financing at the end of the program to produce a short film; the other women will also receive grants.

The mentors of the program include director-writer Shari Springer Berman (10,000 Saints), actor-writer-producer Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca), writer-director-producer Jenni Konner (Girls), director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), and producer Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club).  Writing mentors include writer-director Sophie Barthes (Madame Bovary), director-writer Catherine Hardwicke (Miss You Already), writers JaNeika and JaSheika James (Empire), executive producer Susan Cara Lewis (Pariah, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete), writer-director Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie), and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist).  The master class advisors include editor Sarah Flack (Lost In Translation), co-producer Amy Herman (Noah), composer Laura Karpman (Underground), casting director Avy Kaufman (The Bourne Ultimatum), costume designer Arianne Phillips (Nocturnal Animals), and director Shari Springer Berman.

At the end of the program, the five women will pitch their ideas to a jury of industry experts. A selected final filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, while the other four will receive grant funds to continue their work on developing other projects.

“Supporting these gifted women is paramount to our mission at TFI to empower a more inclusive group of storytellers and give them the tools necessary to reach wider audiences.  We’re excited to bring TFI’s successful model of pairing monetary backing with sustained, hands-on mentoring to this groundbreaking program, along with our friends at Tribeca Enterprises, for the second year.” – Amy Hobby, Vice President of Artist Programs at TFI



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