Opportunity | Calling all women directors seeking finance – apply for Breaking Though The Lens for the chance to pitch your film at Cannes Film Festival to film investors

Now, this is exciting…

Breaking Through The Lens is a pitching initiative connecting female-identifying directors to top tier film investors. The programme is focused on practical actions and is a direct response to what the organisers, themselves female filmmakers, have encountered as the greatest barrier – access to finance. The programme launched in Cannes 2018, and is now accepting entries for the 2019 series. The 10 successful applicants will get the chance to pitch with their team at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 – a guestlist-only event where the audience is limited strictly to film financiers who are looking to fund female-led projects. All participants will then be connected via e-mail to funders that have shown interest in their project, and every effort will be taken to help them close the deal. Beyond that, participants will become part of the Breaking Through The Lens network. Throughout 2019/20, this network will host quarterly events focused on aiding specific stages of production and distribution.

This project is open to female-identifying directors with a feature film project in late-stage development. Directors from all backgrounds are encouraged to enter. There is no restriction in terms of genre, but the project must have:

1. A strong, finished script in the case of narrative (or detailed beat sheet in the case of documentaries).

2. A producer with feature film experience attached.

3. Strong visual treatment, which includes a Director’s Statement and artistic references.

4. A full budget and finance plan ready should you be selected.

Projects with the following will be considered favourably:

5. Key crew and/or cast attached.

6. Initial finance raised.

This is about finding films with strong artist merit, that are in a position to receive finance and go into production within the next 12 months. To find our more and to apply, please visit www.breakingthroughthelens.com now. Applications close on Monday 18th March so hurry!

Good luck!

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