The North Face Explore Fund Announces its Inaugural Grant Program to Increase Representation of Women Directors
Perspective is personal - a mindset - and one that is nuanced when captured on camera. Despite today’s strides toward equality, in 2018 women still accounted for only 8% of directors working on the top 250 films, according to The Celluloid Ceiling. To combat this and strive toward equity in filmmaking, we’re proud to announce the inaugural Move Mountains FIlmmakers Grant, dedicated to supporting and mentoring women behind the camera.
This new grant program provides funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities for women directors to grow and hone their craft. Women filmmakers have the opportunity to apply for a $25,000 grant to create a short film that investigates exploration - anything from what makes art important to discovering the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains.
We have also joined forces with Women Under the Influence (WUTI), a community passionate about women-directed films, to provide mentorship opportunities with well-known directors throughout the film creation process. Award-winning director and executive producer Eloise King, documentary filmmaker Taylor Rees, and V.P. of Acquisitions and Development at A24 Ali Herting are three of the mentors that will guide each grantee as they create their films. Founder of Women Under the Influence Tabitha Denholm believes: “Exploring cinema directed by women and celebrating the work of the trailblazers who paved the way, pushes back against the industry bias and inspires the next generation of vital new voices. This way we can create space for the wonderfully diverse perspectives of women filmmakers past and present.”
Each grantee will have networking and speaking opportunities at high-profile film festivals, including the inaugural WUTI GOES IDYLLWILD Film Festival, taking place September 20th-22nd. Grantees will also be invited to attend the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival, which The North Face is the presenting sponsor.
“For nearly 10 years, our Explore Fund has been dedicated to removing barriers to exploration by supporting diverse groups and organizations,” said Eric Raymond, Director of Social Impact and Advocacy at The North Face. This grant is a part of The Move Mountains Grant Program, an annual grant within The Explore Fund, dedicated to bringing more women outdoor explorers into positions of power by providing funding and a storytelling platform to advance their work and inspire others.
To learn more about the program or to apply, head to the Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant page.