Starting in 2012, Women at Sundance offered a robust and bespoke yearlong fellowship for six mid-career women directors and producers looking to forge paths toward career sustainability. Alumnae include a diverse group of talented women, including Janicza Bravo, Ava DuVernay, Rebecca Green, Marielle Heller, Gabrielle Nadig, Jennifer Phang, Lyric R. Cabral, Jessica Devaney, Ramona Diaz, Cristina Ibarra, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and Lana Wilson.
In 2018, we expanded the highly impactful model of the Women at Sundance Fellowship in order to build a larger inclusion-focused and intersectional Momentum Fellowship. This fellowship maintains six women fellows, but it also encompasses mid-career artists from other select underrepresented communities (artists identifying as nonbinary or transgender, artists of color, and artists with disabilities). Our goal is to support proven mid-career filmmakers to navigate the challenges and goals that each have identified for themselves to level up in their careers.
The fellowship includes industry mentorship, professional coaching offered by Renee Freedman & Company supported by The Harnisch Foundation, an artist-sustainability grant, travel to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities, and bespoke year-round support. Participation in the Momentum Fellowship is by invitation only.