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TRIBECA AND CHANEL SUPPORT WOMEN FILMMAKERS THROUGH THE 4th ANNUAL THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN S FILMMAKER PROGRAM

11/10/2018

TRIBECA AND CHANEL SUPPORT WOMEN FILMMAKERS THROUGH THE 4th ANNUAL THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMEN S FILMMAKER PROGRAM October 11th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcement video & images available: http://bit.ly/ThroughHerLens18

TRIBECA AND CHANEL SUPPORT WOMEN FILMMAKERS THROUGH THE 4th ANNUAL THROUGH HER LENS: THE TRIBECA CHANEL WOMENS FILMMAKER PROGRAM

3-day program provides mentorship, project support and master classes for emerging female filmmakers, and awards $100,000 in filmmaker grants

Leadership committee Kathryn Bigelow, Effie T. Brown, Courteney Cox, Lena Dunham, Debra Granik, Rachel Morrison, Veena Sud, Christine Vachon, among others

NEW YORK, NY- October 11, 2018- Tribeca and CHANEL continue to provide extraordinary opportunities to propel women filmmakers forward with the fourth annual THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Womens Filmmaker Program. The mentorship program was created to provide a balance of industry support, artistic development, and funding for new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

Presented by Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films, and facilitated by Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), the multi-faceted program has selected five short film projects from women storytellers to receive project support, and take part in one-on-one mentorship and master classes over a three day immersive program. On the final day, each of the five filmmaker pairs will pitch their projects to a jury of industry experts. One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce their short film, along with support from Tribeca Studios to make the project. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue developing their films.

From October 16-18, the filmmakers will gather in New York City with the mentor and program advisors for an in-depth intimate program concentrating on script-to-screen development, casting, finding collaborators, and working with cinematographers, music composers, costume designers, and producers. The selected program participants will attend master classes and have individual mentoring sessions with leading women in filmmaking, meet distributors, and spend concentrated time refining their pitching skills. During the summer, each filmmaker was given the opportunity to work with writing mentors to shape and refine her project.

In the years since Tribeca launched Through Her Lens with CHANEL, the program has created invaluable opportunities for the next generation of women storytellers, said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. The program brings established women filmmakers together to mentor these emerging voices, provide hands-on guidance and feedback, as well as fund their projects. We're proud to help expand the pipeline for great inclusive storytelling.

TFI's (Tribeca Film Institute) mission is to join with filmmakers in breaking barriers to access, exposure, and sustainability in the media landscape. The Tribeca Chanel program unequivocally aligns with our nonprofit's goals to provide this level of meaningful support to women filmmakers of all kinds, said Amy Hobby, Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute.

The Leadership Committee participating in the program are:

MASTER CLASS ADVISORS: Costume designer Stacey Battat (The Beguiled, Still Alice), casting director Ellen Chenoweth (The Goldfinch, No Country For Old Men), writer/director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace, Winter's Bone), composer Laura Karpman (Paris Can Wait, Underground), and cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Mudbound).

JURORS: Producer Effie T. Brown (FOX's Star, Dear White People, Project Greenlight ), actor/writer/director/producer Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, Camping, Girls ), cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Mudbound), and producer Paula Weinstein ( Grace and Frankie, The Perfect Storm, Recount).

MENTORS: Director/producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), actor/director/producer Courteney Cox ( Cougar Town, Friends ), producer and TFI Executive Director Amy Hobby (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Secretary), writer/director Stella Meghie (Everything, Everything, The Weekend), writer/director/executive producer Veena Sud ( The Killing, Seven Seconds ), and producer Christine Vachon (Carol, Far from Heaven).

WRITING MENTORS: Producer Stephanie Allain (Beyond the Lights, Dear White People),writer/executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois ( Claws, Criminal Minds ), writer/director Susanna Fogel (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Life Partners), writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married, Untitled Monsters Franchise for Universal Studios), and writer/executive producer Marti Noxon ( Sharp Objects, UnREAL ).

The selected projects and filmmakers are:

H-E-A-T-H-E-R:Heather, a young, racially ambiguous artist, confronts questions of identity when she becomes a part-time babysitter for 11-year-old Jayda. Their dynamic prompts Heather to explore the limitations of her persona as she voyages into other realms of her imagination through fantasy, alternate realities, and moving collages.

Francesca Mirabella (Co-Writer, Co-Director)

Francesca Mirabella is a writer and director who received her MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program, where she attended as a Deans Fellow. Her shorts have screened at a range of festivals and were most recently featured at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2017, Mirabella won an NYU Wasserman Award for Best Screenplay. A 2017/18 Marcie Bloom Fellow, Mirabella is currently developing her feature Modern Love, which was awarded a Tribeca All Access grant.

Kylah Benes-Trapp (Co-Writer, Co-Director)

Kylah Benes-Trapp is a visual artist from California currently based in New York City. She works primarily in digital illustration, photography and graphic design and has recent
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