Glassbreaker Films is an initiative launched by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to support women to be leaders in nonfiction filmmaking by funding and creating films that tell great stories and inspire audiences. In our first year, our films have published on Netflix, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Atlantic, Glamour Magazine; have premiered or screened at Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW among others, and have pulled in honors such as an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short for Heroin(e) in 2018, a Vimeo Staff Pick, and three Atlantic Selects honors.  

Through a multi-level funding strategy, Glassbreaker Films supports a filmmaker at different stages in her career. Funds are allocated for innovative nonfiction digital projects from early career filmmakers through Catalyst Grants, and production funds of documentary shorts and features are produced through our Women in Docs program. While Glassbreaker Films prioritizes documentary shorts, we do consider feature length documentaries that fit within our funding limits.

To find out more about each program, and information about how to apply, click through to the program pages below:


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FILMS We've Funded


HEROIN(E)  By Elaine Sheldon // In the face of the opioid epidemic in a West Virginia town, three women are giving their community a fighting chance.  Learn more

SURVIVOR By BridgeUP scholars: Claire Brock Mansell, Lily Shannon-Sutter, Isabel Torrence // Audrey was sexually assaulted her freshman year of high school, but she refuses to be a victim. Learn more

BEFORE PRISON By Olivia Merrion and Emily Harger // In 2013, Robyn Allen received a 20-year sentence for illegal drugs. Her story is much more complicated. Learn more

UNTIL SOMETHING IS DONE By Debora Souza Silva // In 2009, Oscar Grant was fatally shot by a BART police officer in Oakland. His mother continues her fight to keep his legacy alive. Learn more



Episode 1: Senator Kamala Harris //      W     atch

Episode 1: Senator Kamala Harris //  Watch

Episode 2: Asma Jama  //     W     atch

Episode 2: Asma Jama //  Watch

Episode 3: Mikaya Heart   //    W     atch

Episode 3: Mikaya Heart  // Watch

Episode 4: Luna Malbroux  //     Watch

Episode 4: Luna Malbroux  //  Watch


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