Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant

Empowering and enabling women filmmakers. Because representation matters.

We’re proud to announce our inaugural Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant, dedicated to supporting and mentoring women directors. By carving out a pathway for funding and networking we are creating a platform that will elevate more women in this profession. It’s an important step we’re taking to encourage more equitable representation of women-led films in our industry.

Films We Want to Support

We’re looking for film projects that capture exploration in its most authentic sense.

Exploration is more than just outdoor adventures – it’s personal. It’s a mindset and creative expression. It’s a spirit that lives within everyone. We want to celebrate those stories of exploration, whether that’s examining what makes art important or discovering the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. We want to hear from women filmmakers who want share their unique expression of the explorer’s mindset.

This can mean short-form scripted narratives or high-energy adventure stories, visual poetry embodying the spirit of exploration, or an innovative new approach to filmmaking (whatever that may be). Our main requirement is that your story is a meaningful look into exploration.

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Photograph of Richelle Chen and Ramaa Mosley taken by Mary Funsten
Featuring Paola Trusendi and Adam Van Dyke

Funding and Eligibility

We’re providing $25,000 grants to four women directors.

Requirements include:

  • The applicant must identify as a woman and also be the director of the project
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Must be 18+ to apply
  • Have some experience in filmmaking and past work to accompany your application

Have questions about whether you’re eligible to apply? View our FAQ or contact us at The_North_Face_Explore_Fund@vfc.com.

Support

Funding is only one piece of the puzzle so in partnership with the Women Under The Influence community we are also providing support and resources along the way. In addition to grant funding, we will also provide:

Mentorship

Throughout the creative process, grantees will work closely with The North Face and collaborate with women working professionally in the film industry. Our mentors, curated by Women Under The Influence, will review and provide guidance on projects.

Eloise King Director

Eloise is an award-winning director and executive producer telling powerful stories that foreground marginalized voices in mainstream and popular culture. Most recently, King was global executive producer at VICE, leading a multi-award-winning international TV & video team. Her titles include award nominated works “Gurls Talk with Adwoa Aboah” and “Pins and Needles”. King also founded Women on Docs, a UK & LA screening and event network celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film. She frequently acts as an industry panelist, advisor and juror for international film festivals and pitch forums.

Eloise is an award-winning director and executive producer telling powerful stories that foreground marginalized voices in mainstream and popular culture. Most recently, King was global executive producer at VICE, leading a multi-award-winning international TV & video team. Her titles include award nominated works “Gurls Talk with Adwoa Aboah” and “Pins and Needles”. King also founded Women on Docs, a UK & LA screening and event network celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film. She frequently acts as an industry panelist, advisor and juror for international film festivals and pitch forums.

Taylor Rees Documentary Filmmaker and Photojournalist

Taylor Rees is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, and avid adventurer. She is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and share stories beneath the surface to bring about greater understanding around resource conflicts, climate change, conservation, and human rights. She holds a Masters degree from Yale in environmental management and anthropology, giving her stories a rigorous scientific and social justice background. She has shot and directed doc films for clients including The North Face, National Geographic, and United Nations.

Taylor Rees is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, and avid adventurer. She is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and share stories beneath the surface to bring about greater understanding around resource conflicts, climate change, conservation, and human rights. She holds a Masters degree from Yale in environmental management and anthropology, giving her stories a rigorous scientific and social justice background. She has shot and directed doc films for clients including The North Face, National Geographic, and United Nations.

Ali Herting VP of Acquisitions and Development at A24

Raised in the Bay Area, Ali went to university at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU with a focus on cinema studies and literature. While in New York, she began internships in film development at Focus Features and Scott Rudin Productions leading to her first job in development at SRP. She joined A24 (then a start up) in 2012 and continued there in the acquisitions department, eventually merging into acquisitions, development, and production as the company expanded. Currently she is transitioning into a role as manager and producer at a new venture backed by A24, Elia.

Raised in the Bay Area, Ali went to university at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU with a focus on cinema studies and literature. While in New York, she began internships in film development at Focus Features and Scott Rudin Productions leading to her first job in development at SRP. She joined A24 (then a start up) in 2012 and continued there in the acquisitions department, eventually merging into acquisitions, development, and production as the company expanded. Currently she is transitioning into a role as manager and producer at a new venture backed by A24, Elia.

Credit Amarie Baker featuring Connie Chavez and Kalyn Jacob
Courtesy of Janus Film

Visibility and Community

Selected projects will have their films shared and promoted on The North Face channels. Additionally, grantees will be invited to attend and network at two film festivals.


WUTI GOES IDYLLWILD: September 20-22, 2019, Idyllwild, California

The North Face is partnered with Women Under The Influence to present their inaugural film festival taking place in Idyllwild, CA. This three-day festival celebrates groundbreaking cinema directed by women through screenings, workshops and panel discussions. Grantees and mentors will be invited to attend, workshop their projects and speak at the festival.

Mountainfilm Festival: May 22-25, 2020, Telluride, Colorado

The North Face is partnered with the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival. Grantee projects will be advanced within the film review selection processes by program staff, bypassing the initial review round.

Note that while grantees films will receive close review by Mountainfilm program staff, it is not a guarantee the films will be showcased at the festival.

The Application

Each applicant will be asked to submit the following:

  • Short bio: tell us a little about yourself
  • Director’s treatment: what story are you looking to tell? Include details regarding your specific approach and inspiration but most importantly — tell us the story
  • Itemized budget: how are you going to spend resources? Be as detailed as possible
  • Production/post schedule: share your production schedule — films are due March 1, 2020
  • Mood/style imagery: include visual examples in your application. YouTube links, Pinterest boards, Instagram videos, whatever you can provide to help us understand your vision
  • Past work: submit samples of your past work

Deliverables

Grantees will be required to submit a 4–7 minute short film as well as a 30-second trailer.


Credit Michael Kortlander featuring Richelle Chen

Timeline

*Timeline is subject to change.

FAQ


Questions?

If you have questions, please email The_North_Face_Explore_Fund@vfc.com.