The Horizon Award, an annual competitive accolade and cash prize established to create new opportunities for young female directors, will make it possible for two young women to experience an all-expense paid mentorship at Sundance 2016. In addition, each of the two winners will receive a $2,500 Adrienne Shelly Filmmaker Grant.
“Our hope is that this initiative will help us identify talent early so that we can support these young female filmmakers as they navigate the hurdles that exist in our business,” said Cassian Elwes.
“Women in Film believe that real life experiences and hands-on mentorship are foundational requirements to help women in media be active in overcoming gender disparity” said Cathy Schulman, Women in Film President. “We’re thrilled to be a partner in this worthwhile project that Cassian, Christine and Lynette have established.”
The application process for the award calls for candidates to submit a self-directed film that is two minutes or less to the Horizon Award’s website. A blue ribbon panel of notable female directors, producers and industry leaders (to be announced) will review the films, with the two winners to be selected by Elwes, Howell and Vachon. Submissions will close December 14, 2015.