Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel’’s third women’s filmmaker program is calling on Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel Weisz, Donna Gigliotti, Amma Asante, Mira Nair and Dakota Fanning.
The three-day workshop — titled Through Her Lens and presented in collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute — will provide five female filmmakers with project support, master classes and one-on-one mentorship. Taking place Oct. 17-19 in New York City, it will cover a range of topics, including script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, festival strategy, distribution, and working with music composers, costume designers and producers.
The program’s master class advisers include writer-director Amma Asante, actor Dakota Fanning, producer Donna Gigliotti, composer Laura Karpman, producer Riva Marker and costume designer Sandy Powell.
The jurors include director/producer Mira Nair, producer Paula Weinstein and actor/producer Rachel Weisz.
The mentors include producer Caroline Baron, writer/executive producer Ilene Chaiken, writer Leslie Dixon, casting director Ellen Lewis, actor Elizabeth Olsen and producer Celine Rattray.
The writing mentors include producer Effie T. Brown, producer Lucy Fisher, president of TriStar Hannah Minghella and director/writer/producer Robin Swicord.
“We created Through Her Lens with Chanel three years ago to support and nurture female artists through mentorship and funding,” said Paula Weinstein, evp of Tribeca Enterprises. “Since then, we’ve built a community of incredible women storytellers who recognize how critical it is to discover and empower female filmmakers. We’re excited to welcome this next generation of rising talent to the program.”
“We’re thrilled to give such a talented new class of filmmakers the opportunity to participate in THROUGH HER LENS,” said Amy Hobby, executive director of TFI. “The program, and advancing the careers of female filmmakers in general, is an important part of our year-round work elevating diverse storytellers in order to advance racial, gender and economic equity.”
One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with the support of Tribeca Studios and Pulse Films to make the project, and the four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films. The selected projects and filmmakers participating are below.
Vuela (Marianne Amelinckx)
Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other. Marianne Amelinckx is a Venezuelan writer/director whose passion for storytelling led her to write and direct Salta, a very personal short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Vuela is the second short film of the trilogy: Salta,Vuela, Corre. She is also currently working on 39 bedrooms, a personal blog that might turn into her first feature film.
Wingmen (Nicole Emanuele)
Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend Marie get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the U.S. Navy, so they’ve got this, right? Nicole Emanuele’s short film Love, Gina (2017) played at Cinequest and Rooftop Film Festival and was featured on The Playlist. She produced Not Waving But Drowning (2012) with Adam Driver, Lilli Reinhart, Megan Guinan and Vanessa Ray and is currently a development executive at YouTube Red overseeing series and films including Step Up: High Water and Doug Liman’s Impulse.
No Fault (Myna Joseph)
Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood and judged — but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen. Myna Joseph’s short film Man screened at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films Festival. She was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Mend, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award. Myna attended the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with her feature Charlotte XVI and is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s M.F.A. film program.
Suicide by Sunlight (Nikyatu Jusu)
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters. Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.
Girl Wants Magic (Anna Zlokovic)
Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent, alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within. Anna is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles and an alumna of the USC Film & TV Production program. Her films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Fantasia Int’l Film Festival and Oberhausen Int’l Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Aporkalypse filmmaking collective.