Yes She Can.
The 3rd Annual Horizon Award will be given to two female directors who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2017 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 3rd Annual Horizon Award will be given to 2 female directors who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2017 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 2017 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 Lee Daniels' The Butler), 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 decade and a half, the two have produced 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, CAMP, SWOON and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO and Z an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Other recent work includes: KILL YOUR DARLINGS, GOAT, and WEINER DOG. Additionally, Christine has just wrapped filming on WONDERSTRUCK directed by Todd Haynes from the bestselling book by Brian Selznick. Vachon is also the director of the MFA program at Stony Brook University.
LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLOR
UK born Lynette Howell Taylor is a filmmaker-driven independent producer who has produced feature films, documentaries, television, digital content and theatre for the past 15 years. Lynette also co-founded the independent production company Electric City Entertainment alongside Jamie Patricof.
In October 2016, Warner Bros. will release her latest film The Accountant, directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and JK Simmons among others. In July 2016, Bleecker Street Media released her film Captain Fantastic, written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen. Lynette is currently producing Unicorn Store to be directed by Brie Larson, who will also star, as well as the HBO miniseries American Lion based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of President Andrew Jackson and starring Sean Penn.
Lynette recently produced Tim Burton’s Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, which The Weinstein Company released over Christmas 2014 to much award attention. Both stars were nominated for Golden Globes and Amy Adams won for Best Actress. Also in 2014, Lynette produced Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller. Previously, Lynette produced Fleck and Boden's Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling in a performance that garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Lynette also produced Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. This is her second collaboration with Cianfrance, the first being Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in performances that garnered Golden Globe nominations for both actors and an Oscar nomination for Michelle Williams. Lynette’s other films include: Alex of Venice, Terri, On the Ice, Stephanie Daley, 28 Hotel Rooms, 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.
Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema.
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 1995, 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.
Elwes is considered 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 6 years ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 30 films including “Lawless,” directed by John Hillcoat, and starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. The thriller “The Paperboy,” directed by Lee Daniels, starring Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman, and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.”
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 “All Is Lost” directed by J.C. Chandor and 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.