Crowdfunded Award to Benefit Female Directors

Lynette Howell
Robert Gallagher

Electric City Entertainment, Silverwood Films

The winner will get a trip to Sundance to be mentored by veteran producers Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes

Hollywood directing is still very much a man's game, and a group of veteran producers are hoping to change that by helping female directors get their start.

They are turning to Indigogo to crowdfund a prize.

The Horizon Award will benefit women who are in college or have graduated within the past six months. The award will cover lodging, travel and other expenses to travel to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and be mentored by veteran producers.

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Those producers are Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes, who are teaming up with Twitter, Vimeo, The Black List, Sundance Institute, Women in Film and IndieGogo for the award.

The Horizon Award team hopes to raise $15,000, with Elwes matching the first $5,000. Candidates can apply by submitting two-minute films they directed.

The people behind the prize noted that according to a 2012 study, only 9 percent of the directors of the 250 highest grossing films domestically that year were women. The study was conducted by Women in Film and Sundance Institute.

See more details about the award here