'Place at the Table' Director, Three-Time Oscar Nominee Among Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmakers

The female-focused documentary film fund announced the five recipients of the inaugural award, distributed to mid-career women directors.

Female-focused documentary film fund Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the recipients of its first breakthrough filmmaker awards. The award is given to mid-career women directors whom Chicken & Egg believes are set to reach new heights and will continue to be strong filmmaker-advocates for urgent issues.

The award consists of a $50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long mentorship program tailored to each filmmaker's goals. The five filmmakers selected for the award are A Place at the Table director Kristi Jacobson, three-time Oscar documentary nominee Julia Reichert, Yoruba Richen, Elaine McMillion Sheldon and three-time Emmy nominee Michele Stephenson.

"Chicken & Egg Pictures continues to make bold investments in both women artists and gender equality to ensure that a greater diversity of voices are acknowledged for their participation in the storytelling that drives change. Our hope with this new award is to provide support and a platform for these artists to continue showcasing and elevating critical social justice, environmental, and human rights issues and stories while working to increase their visibility and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve," Chicken & Egg executive director Jenni Wolfson said in a statement.

Chicken & Egg, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose storytelling catalyzes social change.

The organization helped release the following titles: Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated The Square; rape-in-the-military doc The Invisible War; After Tiller, about the four U.S. doctors who perform third-trimester abortions; Freeheld, the Oscar-winning documentary that inspired the narrative film of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page; and Semper Fi: Always Faithful, whose filmmakers and subject participated in an Oval Office ceremony in which a bill addressing the issue explored in the film was signed into law.

Recipients of the breakthrough filmmaker award were chosen through a nationwide confidential nomination process. More info about Chicken & Egg and the breakthrough filmmaker award winners is available here.

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