Women in Film

Move Mountains Filmmakers Grantees Announced at WUTI Goes IdyllWILD

The North Face Explore Fund Announces Winners of Inaugural Grant Program to Increase Representation of Women Directors

On Friday, September 20, The North Face announced the recipients of its inaugural Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant at the WUTI Goes IdyllWILD Film Festival. The grant was created to address the inequitable representation of women behind the camera by providing four women filmmakers with financial ($25,000 each) and mentorial support to create a film that shares their unique perspective of exploration.

The winners of the Women Filmmakers Grants - who offer a diverse range of perspectives - were announced at the festival, and will now get an opportunity to meet and learn from the program mentors, including Barbara Kopple, Taylor Rees, and Eloise King. Each mentor brings a unique perspective through their experience in the film industry.

See below for more information on the winners and their projects.

  • Marie-Louise Nkashama for “The Traveler Comes Home," a personal story about the filmmaker’s journey back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Sana A. Malik for "Away, Together," a short, fictional story about a young girl's discovery of the great outdoors after years of living in contained spaces as a refugee.
  • Abigail Fuller for “Cuyama Lamb” (working title), a documentary about Jenya Schneider, a young grazier in Central California on a quest to heal grasslands.
  • Monica Guerra for “Women of the Land," which tells the story of a group of women in rural Mexico who, at the request of their children, were inspired to protect the Golden Eagle.

In 2018, even in the midst of societal discussions about gender parity, only 8% of the top 250 top-grossing movies were directed by women. Through the Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant, The North Face is committed to countering this trend.

The Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant is made possible by The North Face Explore Fund. More information on The North Face Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant program can be found HERE.