Yes She Can.
The 4th Annual Horizon Award will be given to two female directors who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where they will meet with producers, filmmakers, festival programmers and others in the film industry.
About the Horizon Award
This award is part of the solution to a not just a growing problem in filmmaking today, but rather a systemic breakdown in who is being afforded the opportunity to get behind the camera. The 4th Annual Horizon Award will be given to 2 female directors who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where they will meet with producers, filmmakers, festival programmers and others in the film industry to help put them at the head of the line as for too long they have been forced to stand in the back.
By submitting a two minute video to a link, candidates in this contest are in the running for a mentorship during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival from acclaimed producers Lynette Howell Taylor (Blue Valentine and A Place Beyond the Pines), Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry and Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club and Mudbound), as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the festival.
Gender Disparity in Filmmaking
The simple fact is that there are not enough female directors in the film industry. A 2012 report published by Women In Film and the Sundance institute showed that of the the top 250 domestic grossing movies worldwide in 2012, women comprised only 9% of directors.
More recently, a 2015 Study was published and showed that of the top 100 domestic grossing movies in 2014, only 1.9% had a female director. The purpose of the horizon award is to confront this discrepancy by giving a female college student or recent graduate the opportunity to have their work seen by some of Hollywood’s most influential directors and producers and raise the profile of female filmmakers.
In 2014, only 1.9% of the top 100 domestic grossing films were directed by women.
Who We Are
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past two decades, they have produced over 100 films and some of the most celebrated American indie features including: CAROL (nominated for six Academy Awards), FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), STILL ALICE (Academy Award winner), BOYS DON'T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO. Other recent work includes: GOAT, WEINER DOG, WHITE GIRL and BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Killer Films recently produced Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci for Amazon Studios, as well as Todd Haynes’ latest film, WONDERSTRUCK. They are currently in post-production on Paul Schrader's latest feature, FIRST REFORMED. Vachon is also the director of the MFA program at Stony Brook University.
LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLOR
UK born Lynette Howell Taylor recently founded 51 Entertainment, a platform agnostic filmmaker-driven production company that promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Lynette produced Brie Larson’s directorial debut UNICORN STORE, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017, and she is currently in post-production on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A STAR IS BORN. She is also Executive Producing the HBO / Lionsgate miniseries AMERICAN LION starring Sean Penn.
Lynette produced CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen. The film won multiple awards around the world including the Best Director prize in CANNES UN CERTAIN REGARD. Lynette is also producing Ross' film adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s TOMORROW AND TOMORROW with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady for TriStar and she previously produced Matt Ross' 28 HOTEL ROOMS, which premiered in Sundance and was released theatrically in 2012.
In October 2016, Warner Bros. released Lynette's latest film THE ACCOUNTANT, directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and JK Simmons. Some of Lynette's movies include the award-winning BIG EYES directed by Tim Burton, Ryan Fleck's Oscar nominated HALF NELSON, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and Oscar nominated BLUE VALENTINE, both directed by Derek Cianfrance, ALEX OF VENICE, TERRI, ON THE ICE, STEPHANIE DALEY, KRISTY, THE PASSAGE, PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, THE GREATEST, AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN, SHARK NIGHT 3D, LEVITATED MASS, THE SPACE BETWEEN, and multiple episodes of the award-winning ESPN 30 FOR 30 docu-series.
Elwes began his producing career with 1983's "Oxford Blues" starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including "Men At Work," with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and "The Chase" with Sheen.
In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as "Slingblade" and "The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. "Monster's Ball" was their follow up, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.
Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.
Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.”
Recently, Elwes produced the hit period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit “Dallas Buyers Club” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.
Elwes executive produced the Kevin Costner release “Black and White”, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” and Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock”. His most current release was “Elvis & Nixon” starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Cassian is in post on the 1980’s Los Angeles-set thriller “The Billionaire Boy’s Club”, starring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, and Kevin Spacey.
Elwes most recently finished “Mudbound”, which was directed by Dee Rees, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige and Garrett Hedlund and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
It's time to level the playing field for women in the movie industry.
In 2017, ShivHans Pictures CEO, Shivani Rawat, made a generous commitment to the Horizon Award. Their support will allow the program to grow and provide additional support for Horizon Award emerging female winners to include sponsorship of intensive shadow opportunities on features for Ava DuVernay, Dee Rees, and others.
Shivani Rawat is the Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, a production and finance company creating unique and compelling feature films outside the Hollywood studio model. The company strives to keep the financing process simple in an effort to fully support independent filmmakers and their visions while collaborating with top-tier talent.
In 2015, Rawat served as an executive producer on the first ShivHans film, “Danny Collins.” Directed by Dan Fogelman, the film featured an all-star cast including Al Pacino, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer. Her second film was Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” for which she served as a producer. Starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Elle Fanning, the film was nominated for several awards including a Best Actor Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nomination for Bryan Cranston. Bleecker Street released the critically-acclaimed box office hit “Captain Fantastic” in 2016 which was produced by Rawat and stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn and Kathryn Hahn. The film world premiered at the 2016 Sundance International Film Festival, went on to win the Un Certain Regard Directing Prize for writer/director Matt Ross at the Cannes Film Festival and won both the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. “Captain Fantastic” also garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Mortensen for Best Actor and a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Rawat also produced “The Polka King,” a new comedy starring Jack Black and Jenny Slate which made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in January as a Netflix Original. ShivHans’ next film, “Beirut”, will premiere at the upcoming 2018 Sundance Film Festival before Bleecker Street releases theatrically in April. The political spy thriller was produced by Rawat, directed by Brad Anderson, and stars Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Rawat recently finished production on her latest film “Brian Banks,” which stars Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear and was directed by Tom Shadyac.