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Breaking Through The Lens Actively Shrinks The Gap 
Between Talented Female and Non-binary Directors and Financiers

Breaking Through the Lens hosted the Official Unveiling of the 2022 Finalist Projects during the Cannes Film Festival. 


Is a pioneering non-profit initiative liaising female and non-binary directors to finance at top tier film markets. 

Founders, Daphne Schmon, Emily Carlton and Elpida Stathatou, seek to become a practical solution for underserved filmmakers. One that is multicultural, intersectional and result driven. BTTL is a grassroots effort focused on measurable actions to overcome the greatest barrier to women and non-binary director. Access to finance.

Despite the pandemic, BTTL has seen tremendous growth since its initiation in 2018. Expanding into an annual structure where the program’s ‘Call for Submissions’ are launched at Sundance. The official ‘Announcement of the Finalists’ takes place at Cannes, with the projects later pitched to industry at Toronto. 


May 24th in Cannes marked the initiative’s first live event in three years. Through a scrutinizing process of submissions, qualified filmmakers from over 50 countries submitted their feature-film project requiring funding. Ten of these films had the opportunity and platform to pitch their project to film investors, distributors, and sales agents.

The Official Breaking Through the Lens’ Unveiling of the 2022 Finalist Projects
Date: 24 May 2022
Time: From 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Campari Lounge at the Palais des Festivals

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