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.