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.


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 19, 2019 our 2nd edition of Breaking Through The Lens took place at the heart of the biggest film festival in the world – Cannes – attracting top industry leaders in support of bold, female-led feature films.

Our independent Jury was truly stunned by the quality of projects, which poured in from all around the world. From over 200 submissions, spanning 54 countries, the Jury selected 10 extraordinary feature films presented at the Cannes Film Festival, all of aim to go into production within the next year.


View the incredible shortlisted films, which made it to the semi-final round of 20 projects from over 200 submissions.



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




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




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


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.



Our events are strictly invite only. However, we will evaluate individual requests on a case by case basis. Please include your company affiliation.


Applications are now closed for our next event at Cannes 2019. We will be announcing an open call for the next event on our website and social channels.


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.