As a film programmer, it is a privilege to support talented and brilliant women filmmakers. The relationships I’ve developed with these filmmakers over the years has been some of the most fruitful, satisfying, and supportive in my career. I started “The Future of Film is Female” project to do more in assisting women to make new works that will be shown in cinemas and to create an awareness in support of a more inclusive space for filmmaking.

All proceeds from “The Future of Film is Female” project go to female filmmakers with a short film in any stage of production. 

This project provides financial and promotional support to women filmmakers who are in pre/post-production of a short film. As part of the larger conversation happening in the film community about the lack of female filmmakers, this project has been initiated for positive change. Because providing financial assistance is the first step to increasing the representation of women’s voices in the industry, this project awards individual grants from $500 – $1000 (quantity dependent on sales) on a quarterly basis. We will then continue to promote these films throughout production, theatrical or streaming release, to increase their exposure.

All my best,
Caryn Coleman
Director of Programming/Special Projects, Nitehawk Cinema