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A pioneering initiative connecting female-identifying directors to top tier financiers. Our aim is to be a practical resource for a wide variety of women, one that is multi-cultural, intersectional and results-driven.

 
Mission

Our Mission

In 2018 less than 8% of the top 100 films worldwide were directed by women. Clearly words alone are not enough. We are a group of passionate young women, dedicated to addressing this imbalance practically at the most important level - financing. There is a shift occurring in the film industry, a moment that must be seized, and it will be deeds not words that bring about this change. Inclusivity is not a 'trend', it is the new way of doing business. Join us as BTTL leads the way.

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Cannes 2019

This May 2019 we will bring the 2nd edition of Breaking Through The Lens back to the heart of the biggest film festival in the world – Cannes – attracting top industry leaders in support of bold, female-led feature films. We were truly stunned by the quality of submissions, which poured in from all around the world.

We are proud to announce our 10 Selected Projects via the link below.

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FEMALE DIRECTORS OF TOP 100 FILMS

Last year less than eight percent of the top one-hundred films were worldwide were directed by women.

 

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APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

We received over two-hundred applications for our next event at Cannes 2019, evidence of the genuine appetitle for such an initiative.

 
 

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DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

Applicants submitted projects from around the world, spanning fifty-four different production countries.

 
 
 
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Meet Our Jury

We are honored to have six top professionals from a variety of sectors within the film industry choosing the final ten projects that will present at Cannes 2019.

 
 

In an industry that has favored
the male voice for so long…
Breaking Through The Lens
is changing that dynamic.

Liza Foreman, Front Page Cannes Market News / Read Full Article

 

 
 

Get Involved

We are planning to expand Breaking Through The Lens to other major festivals around the world and to create a supportive network for women through every stage of making their feature films. Find out how you can join us on this journey.

 

ATTEND THE EVENT

Are you a film industry professional or financier who wishes to attend? We will take each request on a case by case basis, as all events are strictly invite-only.

SUBMIT A FILM

Applications are now closed for our next event at Cannes 2019. Shortlisted Applicants will be announced on 1st April, followed by the final list on 14th April.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Whether you are a sponsor, filmmaker, industry or volunteer, we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for new collaborators to grow our initiative.