The Idea: Women accounted for only 13% of the directors on the 700 top grossing films in 2014 — and only 7% of the top 250 films. Refinery29 wants to change this by giving 12 female directors a chance to claim their power. Our message to Hollywood? You can't win without women.
How it Worked: Refinery29 launched its mission supporting women behind and in front of the camera. Helmed by first-time and veteran filmmakers alike, such as Gabourey Sidibe, Jessica Dimmock, Chloë Sevigny, Pamela Romanowsky, Meera Menon, and Kristen Stewart, these films deal with gender, sexuality, choice, and power from the rarely seen female gaze. We are giving 12 female directors the chance to spark a change in the industry. Our hope is that this will inspire others to support women-led projects featuring women writers, directors, gaffers, stylists, and fully representative casts. The films have been critically acclaimed, with premieres at Cannes, TriBeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW. Lucia, Before and After won the 2017 Sundance Jury Award for Best Fictional Short.
Amy Emmerich, Executive Producer; Shannon Gibson, Executive Producer; Stone Roberts, Executive Producer; Anu Valia, Director of Lucia, Before and After; Chloe Sevigny, Director of Kitty