Calling early-career women filmmakers


As part of our continued dedication to promote gender parity in documentary filmmaking, Glassbreaker Films is launching its second year of funding, and inviting proposals from early career female filmmakers, directors and producers for a new initiative called Catalyst Grants.

The Glassbreaker Films Catalyst Grants identify standout early career filmmakers, less than 5 years post college or graduate school with degrees in film and/or journalism. Catalyst Grants allow a diverse group of young filmmakers to conceive of a short, innovative and original digital project to receive funding and mentorship to bring it to life and kick start their career.

All stories must be produced within the US, and funding is capped at $7,000 per grant. Each project must be completed within 2-3 months of funding.

There is not one standard form for these projects (could be anything from a series of 3 character vignettes exploring a topic from different angles, to an interactive website that explores an issue, to a short documentary that also rolls out on Snapchat) but they must be artful and innovative, and there must be proof that they can be produced within the timeline and budget. We’re looking for highly cinematic, character driven storytelling covering topics of social significance to be published on a digital platform. 

You can apply if you own the copyright of your production and maintain editorial control of your story and you are a citizen or legal resident of the U.S. or its external territories age 18 or older.

WHO WE FUND: We support and encourage early career women filmmakers (less than five years post-graduation) to produce stories about issues that impact women in the United States.


  • Impactful digital potential through suitability of subject matter and compelling storytelling
  • Powerful narratives around issues that affect women
  • Relevance to a broad audience
  • The capacity to finish the project through realistic attention to the schedule and budget.

Filmmakers will be chosen three times throughout the year. The first round of applications is due January 31, 2018. Early applications are encouraged.

A little more about us: Glassbreaker Films is a female filmmaker initiative launched by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. We are dedicated to supporting women to be leaders in non-fiction filmmaking by funding films that tell great stories and inspire audiences. To learn more, and to view previous work, check out our website: and follow us on Instagram: @glassbreakerfilms.

In addition to the catalyst grant funding described here, the initiative also includes development funding for feature length films through our WIP (works-in-progress) funding; and funding for the production of feature length documentaries through our WID (Women in Docs) program.

To apply, please fill out this form by Jan. 31.

Questions? Please contact Catalyst Grant Director, Aubrey Aden-Buie, at

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