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Mentoring Program for Female Film Directors

June 1, 2015

Grantee News From Chicken and Egg Pictures:

 

Chicken & Egg Pictures is now accepting applications for our 2015 Open Call!

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by 5pm EST. Applications are accepted through our website http://chickeneggpics.org/grants/.

This year’s Open Call marks the launch of a new initiative – Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Accelerator Lab, which is a mentorship program focused on identifying and supporting a diverse group of women nonfiction directors who are first- and second-time filmmakers. We aim to help them tell the most artful, powerful stories they can while building towards sustainable and successful careers.

Five first-time and five second-time feature documentary filmmakers will each receive a $35,000 grant toward the production of a film that will be developed and supported over the course of a 12-month program (with the possibility of an extension). The grant will be disbursed in two parts: the first part will be awarded in November 2015. The remaining grant will be tied to agreed-upon deliverables and deadlines.

Here are the key bullet points around eligibility:

•First- or second-time directors only (for films that have multiple directors, at least one must be a first- or second-timer)

•Films must be early in production, no more than 40% shot by the date of the application deadline

•Feature length films only (40 minutes or more)

And here are our basic guidelines, as a refresher:

•Films must be directed or co-directed by self-identifying women (cis or trans), gender nonconforming individuals, or a female/male co-directing partnership.

•Grants are available to documentary or hybrid documentary films.

•We fund filmmakers based in the U.S. and internationally.

•Subject Matter: We’re passionate about films that address the global justice, human rights, and environmental issues of our time, and while we do prioritize films that focus on social issues, having a social issue in the film is not explicitly required. Projects do not need to focus on women’s issues or female characters.

•Community: This program is geared toward filmmakers that have desire to be part of a vibrant community of shared ideas and mutual support, and the openness to receive and give peer-to-peer support.

Chicken & Egg Pictures is a project of Tides Center, the nation’s largest fiscal sponsor.

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