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Women Filmmakers Initiative

The Sundance Institute, together with Women in Film/LA, is working to foster gender equality in American independent cinema by supporting women filmmakers to create and find audiences for their work, and to grow and sustain their careers

Read the full study: “Exploring Barriers and Opportunities for Independent Women Filmmakers”

Program Overview   Mentorship & Coaching
Mentees & Mentors   Allied Organizations

Program Priorities

Mentorship Program
& Sustainability
  • One-Year Mentorship for six documentary and feature film producers and directors

  • Travel Grants for mentees to attend orientation, Sundance Film Festival etc.

  • Sundance Institute Coaching Program Sponsored by the Harnisch Foundation

  • Year-round Support and Access: events, meetings, check-ins, special opportunities

  • Dove Short Film Project

Finance Education & Access
  • Financing Intensive for Women Filmmakers - Los Angeles (November 2013)

  • Financing Intensive for Women Filmmakers - New York (April 2014)

Raising Awareness
  • USC Annenberg Research Study on Women in Independent Film - Phase I & II

  • Film Industry lunches to present research findings and recommendations

  • PR, Social Media and Publications

  • Sundance Film Festival Event

Network Building & Collective Impact
  • Allied Organizations convenings

  • Field Map Project

  • Receptions & Gatherings

The Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative is generously supported by Dove, The Harnisch Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Susan Bay-Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Norlien Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Gruber Family Foundation, Bhakti Chai, and J. Manus Foundation.