Starting in 2012, Women at Sundance offered a robust and bespoke yearlong fellowship for six mid-career women directors and producers looking to forge paths toward career sustainability. In 2018, we expanded the highly impactful model of the Women at Sundance Fellowship in order to build a larger inclusion-focused and intersectional Momentum Fellowship. This year-long fellowship combines six women artists, with an additional two mid-career artists from other select underrepresented communities (artists identifying as nonbinary or transgender, artists of color, and artists with disabilities). Our goal is to advance proven mid-career filmmakers in navigating the challenges and goals that each have identified for themselves to level up in their careers.
The fellowship includes industry mentorship, professional coaching offered by Renee Freedman & Company supported by The Harnisch Foundation, an artist-sustainability grant, travel to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities, and bespoke year-round support. Participation in the Momentum Fellowship is by invitation only.
Alumni include a diverse group of talented women, including Linda Yvette Chávez, Christina Choe, Cristina Costantini, Natalie Erika James, Loira Limbal, Ekwa Masangi, Eva Vives, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and many more.