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Photos: Stars Gather for The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program

The luncheon today marked the start of the inaugural three-day workshop — presented by Tribeca and CHANEL, in collaboration with Pulse Films, and facilitated by the Tribeca Film Institute. The program will discover and empower seven rising filmmakers with project support, master classes, one-on-one mentorship, peer-to-peer sessions, and will award $75,000 to one of the projects.

Tribeca Enterprises has partnered with CHANEL to launch THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program , a new initiative to support emerging U.S.-based women writers and directors of short-form narrative films. In collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), THROUGH HER LENS launches with a multifaceted three-day workshop that will provide seven women filmmakers with project support, master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions. The program, which runs from October 26th to the 28th, culminates with a pitch presentation before a jury of industry experts, where one filmmaker will be awarded $75,000 to make her short film, with the support of Pulse Films and Tribeca Digital Studios, who will produce the project.

For over a decade now, Tribeca has been committed to nurturing independent storytellers, and in recent years has broadened its support of women in film with awards such as the annual Nora Ephron Prize, given annually during the Festival to a film made by a woman director. This year, a record-breaking thirty woman directors screened feature-length films at Tribeca, encompassing 33% of all feature films shown at the Festival.

“As women, we have been underrepresented in the stories that are written, produced, and directed,” says Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Co-Founder of TFI. “We need to support one another and I am proud that, with CHANEL, we can cultivate, support, and empower women storytellers.”

7 women filmmakers. 6 pitches. You see them first. READ THE PITCHES NOW

Over the course of the workshop, participants will hone their stories and concepts in individualized sessions, attend master classes, and work towards a presentation of their projects under the guidance of a Leadership Committee, comprised of some of the most breathtakingly accomplished women in film.

The seven filmmakers will attend master classes led by producer Celia Costas (Charlie Wilson’s War), writer-director Catherine Hardwicke (Miss You Already), casting director Ellen Willis (The Wolf of Wall Street), and producer Lydia Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and receive invaluable mentoring from writer-director Anna Boden (Mississippi Grind), writer-producer Debora Cahn (Vinyl), producer Donna Gigliotti (Silver Linings Playbook), writer-director Leslye Headland (Sleeping with Other People), producer Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation), and actress-writer-producer Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em).

In addition, industry leaders like producers Amy Hobby (Secretary), Rosenthal (Meet the Parents), Christine Vachon (Carol), Paula Weinstein (Grace and Frankie), Maria Zuckerman (Bessie), and casting director Meghan Rafferty (The Leftovers) will be on hand to provide advice to each filmmaker for their final pitches, which will be delivered to a jury made up of such exceptional actresses as Patricia Clarkson and Julianne Moore, consummate writer-directors like American Psycho’s Mary Harron and Maggie’s Plan’s Rebecca Miller, and rising indie producer Mynette Louie (Land Ho!).

7 women filmmakers. 6 pitches. You see them first. READ THE PITCHES NOW.

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