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. Alumni 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 year-long fellowship combines six women artists, with an additional two 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 advance proven mid-career filmmakers in navigating 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.
In 2020, we partnered with Adobe to launch the inaugural year of the Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to meaningfully support women artists creating bold new work in film and media, with a priority on filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities. The fellowship includes a $5,000 cash grant, skill-building workshops, and year-round mentorship from Sundance Institute staff and Adobe executives. The fellows were selected by Adobe from Sundance Institute’s community of supported artists across program disciplines.
Meet the 2020 Momentum Fellows
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Meet the 2018 Women at Sundance Fellows
Meet the 2017 Women at Sundance Fellows
Meet the 2016 Women at Sundance Fellows
Meet the 2015 Women at Sundance Fellows