Breaking Through The Lens is a pitching initiative helping connect female-identifying directors to top tier film investors. The program is focused on practical actions and is a direct response to what the organisers, themselves female filmmakers, have encountered as barriers to their progress - access to finance.

The programme launched in Cannes 2018, and now is accepting entries for 2019 series. The 10 successful applicants will get the chance to pitch with their team at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 guestlist-only event where the audience is limited strictly to people in film finance who are looking to fund female-led projects.

All participants will then be connected via email 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 also become a part of the Breaking Through The Lens network.  

There is no restriction in terms of genre, but the project must have:

1. A strong, finished script (Or detailed beat sheet in the case of documentaries).
2. A producer with feature film experience attached.
3. A strong visual treatment, which includes a director's statement and artistic references.
4. A full budget and finance plan (should you be selected).

This is about finding films with strong artist merit, that are already in a position to receive finance and go into production within the next 12 months. 

Submission Deadline: 18th March, 2019

Shortlist Notification: 1st April, 2019

Final Notification: No later than 15th April, 2019

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