Tribeca, Chanel Recruit Courteney Cox, Lena Dunham for Women's Filmmaker Workshop

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The fourth annual three-day program will begin Oct. 16.

Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel's fourth women's filmmaker program has tapped Courteney Cox, Lena Dunham, Kathryn Bigelow, Effie T. Brown and Rachel Morrison, among other female luminaries in film and television for the latest edition of its "Through Her Lens" workshop.

The three-day workshop — presented in collaboration with Pulse Films and supported by Tribeca Film Institute — will provide five female filmmaking teams with project support, master classes and one-on-one mentorship.

Taking place Oct. 16-18, the program will provide the filmmakers with knowledge about script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, festival strategy, distribution and working with music composers, costume designers and producers.

The program's master class advisers include Morrison, costume designer Stacey Battat, casting director Ellen Chenoweth, writer/director Debra Granik and composer Laura Karpman.

The jurors include Morrison, Brown, Dunham and producer Paula Weinstein.

The mentors include Bigelow, Cox, producer and TFI executive director Amy Hobby, writer-director Stella Meghie, writer-producer Veena Sud and producer Christine Vachon.

The writing mentors include producer Stephanie Allain, writer-producer Janine Sherman Barrois, writer-director Susanna Fogel, writer Jenny Lumet and writer-producer Marti Noxon.

"In the years since Tribeca launched Through Her Lens with Chanel, the program has created invaluable opportunities for the next generation of women storytellers," said Weinstein, executive vp of Tribeca Enterprises. "The program brings established women filmmakers together to mentor these emerging voices, provide hands-on guidance and feedback, as well as fund their projects. We’re proud to help expand the pipeline for great inclusive storytelling."

"TFI’s mission is to join with filmmakers in breaking barriers to access, exposure and sustainability in the media landscape," added Hobby, executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute. "The Tribeca Chanel program unequivocally aligns with our nonprofit’s goals to provide this level of meaningful support to women filmmakers of all kinds."

One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with the support of Tribeca Studios and Pulse Films to make the project. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films. The selected projects and filmmakers participating are below.

H-E-A-T-H-E-R (Francesca Mirabella and Kylah Benes-Trapp)

Heather, a young, racially ambiguous artist, confronts questions of identity when she becomes a part-time babysitter for 11-year-old Jayda. Their dynamic prompts Heather to explore the limitations of her persona as she voyages into other realms of her imagination through fantasy, alternate realities and moving collages.

LIFE ON sMARS (Laramie Dennis, Jenna Cedicci)

Six aspiring astronauts are sealed inside a solar-powered dome, attempting to simulate life on Mars. When Dana's helmet malfunctions on the first spacewalk — depriving her of precious oxygen — she and her teammates have a critical decision to make.

ROSA (Suha Araj, Maryam Keshavarz)

While working at her aunt's flower shop, Rosa takes her job underground when she begins a side business of shipping undocumented bodies to their home countries for burial.

EL TIMBRE DE SU VOZ (Gabriella Moses, Shruti Ganguly)

Yaneris, a Dominican teenager, plots a way to escape her hometown of Sosua, where becoming an escort seems to be her only fate. After unexpectedly falling in love with her client’s son, she decides he may be the ticket to a new life — for both her and her disabled sister.

WHAT IS YOUR SOUL PURPOSE? (Jennifer Cho Suhr, Carolyn Mao)

A sheltered Korean American family travels to Atlanta to retrieve the body of their son after he passes away from an accidental overdose. In the depths of their grief, they find an unlikely connection and momentary solace with the African American family who owns the mortuary.