Horizon Award to Recognize Emerging Female Directors

The winner of the award will receive $10,000 and a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in January, where she will have the opportunity to have her work viewed by some of Hollywood’s most influential directors and producers, such as Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Far from Heaven); Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, All is Lost); and Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond the Pines).

A recent study revealed that of the top 250 domestic grossing movies worldwide in 2012, women comprised only 9% of directors. The Horizon Award was created to change just that. The contest is open to any woman who is either still enrolled in college or within six months of having left, is without an agent, and has made less than $5,000 on her creative talent.

Qualified candidates should submit their films (which may not exceed two minutes in length) by December 15, 2014. For more information on the Horizon Award, please click here.


  • The award is open to women either still in college, or within 6 months of having left college.
  • The applicant cannot already have a manager or agent, and must have made less than $5,000 in the film business from their creative talent.
  • The applicant should submit a film directed by them and which does not exceed two minutes in length, without exceptions.
  • Applicants are allowed to submit films that have already been made by them, as long as it does not exceed the two minute maximum.
  • If a film has already been made that is longer than two minutes in length then it must be cut down.


Post transcribed from Creative Future. CreativeFuture is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Horizon Award – a new annual scholarship awarded to talented, up-and-coming female directors.

New Indie Pro Series – one-day workshops on independent filmmaking

Indie Pro Series
FilmSchoolSF continues to grow and evolve as a film school. From fine-tuning existing programs to introducing new ones, we are always working hard to bring the best education we can to our students.

As part of this continuing academic development, we’d like to introduce the FilmSchoolSF Indie Pro Series. This series of one-day, intensive workshops will deliver tips, insight and teach tough lessons learned on the front lines of the filmmaking business from some of the leaders in the industry. Not exclusive to filmmakers, the series will also feature well-known members of the film acting, screenwriting and casting communities and film distribution and business areas, as well.

These small and comfortable workshops are designed to be more Q+A than they are standard lecture or corporate power point presentation and are an opportunity to sit down with proven film industry talent and simply chat.

Indie Pro SeriesThe first of the series will be a day with San Francisco-based producer and 1st assistant director Brian Benson. Armed with years of success and filmmaking experience, Brian will take you step-by-step through the process of developing, making, marketing and selling a successful, independently produced feature film.

The first workshop runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, February 27th.


  • What is the job of a producer
  • Finding the right material
  • Critical legal issues
  • Your business/marketing plan
  • The Pitch
  • Raising money and getting financed
  • Making your movie look like it cost twice as much
  • Film Festival basics
  • Selling and distribution

Brian’s latest film, HOWL, was directed by the Academy Award-winning team of Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman and counts Gus Van Sant as Executive Producer. HOWL, starring James Franco, was the opening film at last month’s  Sundance Film Festival.

His other recent feature, ALL ABOUT EVIL, was shot in San Francisco and features Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Slums of Beverly Hills), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), Thomas Dekker (Nightmare on Elm Street, Terminator – Sarah Conner Chronicles) and Cassandra Peterson (aka, Elvira) and was written/directed by Joshua Grannell, (aka, Peaches Christ).

Indie Pro Series

Tickets are $99 for the general public, $59 for non-SFSDF students and SFSDF alumni and are FREE for current SFSDF students. Seating is very limited so get your tickets early.

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The Disgruntled Worker Wins Grand Festival Award

Another update from a former FilmSchoolSF student. This time, we caught up with filmmaker Gretchen Olivero whose short film, The Disgruntled Worker, won a Grand Festival Award at the 2009 Berkeley Video and Film Festival.

“I created this fun, quirky film at the 5 Week Filmmaking Workshop in the of 2008. I had studied film at a previous film program, directed and worked on some student films, as well as some professional films, but what I found key about the SFSDF workshop was the challenge, the access to equipment, James (Savoca’s), Rick (Wise’s) and Steven’s (Kopels’s) guidance during the process. I was surprised how quickly and cohesive my vision about a Kafka-esque type of workplace was pulled off for the amount of time given.”

Recently, Gretchen worked on the short film, PIA, as the script supervisor for the Sundance award winning director, Tanuj Chopra. She suffered through long, hard hours and was nearly overwhelmed by the extensive fog effects on a small set but did an amazing job of helping to keep dialog and continuity perfect.

Gretchen also recently directed a well-funded, 11 minute HD short film in 2009 called The Sublet, that is currently been submitted to many festivals.

“I am also finishing the final details on my next dramady; a 16 minute short film in which I hope to get in pre-production early 2010 with a larger budget and a name actor. Finally, I have also been writing my feature debut, a drama with comedic elements, in which I hope to be in production in 2011. Of course I am still working as an actor when opportunity arises.”