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Chicken & Egg Puts Focus on Non-fiction Films From Female Directors

21 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Gamechanger Films is aimed at funding female-directed fiction features, Chicken & Egg Pictures, which was launched eight years earlier in 2005, focuses on nonfiction films from women directors. The non-profit was the idea of Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello and Judith Helfand.

“We were all filmmakers and wanted to create an entity that gave other women filmmakers the support we wished we had had,” recalls Ettinger. “We discovered that whatever resources we provided — be it mentorship or funding — the filmmakers ran with it. The films got better and the community we were serving grew.”

The nonprofit receives 600 applications annually for 15 grants and provides mentorship programs.

Lately, it has been addressing the issue of career sustainability in the face of burnout. Says exec director Jenni Wolfson, “Often the first film a woman makes is a passion project that will bleed her dry financially and emotionally and take years to make. »

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