Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant

Empowering and enabling women filmmakers. Because representation matters.

The Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant is 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 Support

We look 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 celebrate those stories of exploration, whether that’s examining what makes art important or discovering the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. We support women filmmakers who want to share their unique expression of the explorer’s mindset.

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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 provide $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 we also provide support and resources along the way. In addition to grant funding, filmmakers receive:

Mentorship

Throughout the creative process, grantees will work closely with The North Face and collaborate with women working professionally in the film industry. Past Mentors:

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.

Barbara Kopple Director

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Her most recent project is the documentary "Desert One," which will have its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Barbara produced and directed "Harlan County USA" and "American Dream," both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include "New Homeland," "A Murder In Mansfield," "This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous," "Miss Sharon Jones!," "Running From Crazy," "Shut Up and Sing," and many more.

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Her most recent project is the documentary "Desert One," which will have its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Barbara produced and directed "Harlan County USA" and "American Dream," both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include "New Homeland," "A Murder In Mansfield," "This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous," "Miss Sharon Jones!," "Running From Crazy," "Shut Up and Sing," and many more.

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

Visibility and Community

Selected projects are shared and promoted on The North Face channels. Additionally, grantees may have opportunities to attend and network at film festivals and events.


2019-2020 events included:
WUTI GOES IDYLLWILD: September 20-22, 2019, Idyllwild, California

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

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

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

The Application

Applicants are 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
  • 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 are required to submit a 4–7 minute short film as well as a 30-second trailer.


Credit Michael Kortlander featuring Richelle Chen

Timeline

Applications are currently closed.

FAQ


Questions?

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