Introducing the premiere program for the next generation of talented filmmakers whose stories promote the perspectives of women, trans, and non-binary people. PROOF OF CONCEPT is a home for audaciously authored work that brings untold stories to life.

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Only 6% of directors across the 1,600 most popular movies between 2007 and 2022 were women.

The brainchild of the team behind Dirty Films and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, PROOF OF CONCEPT is designed to accelerate the path to large-scale filmmaking for directors who give voice to the perspectives of women, trans and non-binary people. The program will provide support for up to 8 filmmakers to make a short film that that is “proof of concept” for a feature film or television project. Short films will be funded at $50,000 and directors will participate in a mentorship and exposure program which connects them with industry leaders.

Program Components

Film Funding


Project Showcase

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Producer, Dirty Films

Cate Blanchett

Producer, Dirty Films

Coco Francini

Founder, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Dr. Stacy L. Smith

Selection Committee

Chloé Zhao

Emma Corrin

Eva Longoria

Greta Gerwig

Jane Campion

Janicza Bravo

Lily Gladstone

Lilly Wachowski

Applications for the 2024 cycle are now closed

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