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.