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Chicken & Egg Pictures: News From the Nest
Chicken & Egg Pictures: News From the Nest

Welcoming our new Nest members, and wishing luck to our nominees!

We are thrilled to welcome and celebrate the third annual cohort of our Accelerator Lab for first- and second-time filmmakers: 
A Cops and Robbers Story, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu (ROMANIA / UK)
People's Hospital, directed by Siyi Chen (CHINA / US)
Enemies of the State, directed by Sonia Kennebeck (MALAYSIA / GERMANY / US)
The Youth, directed by Eunice Lau (SINGAPORE / US) & Arthur Nazaryan (US)
Number 387, directed by Madeleine Leroyer (FRANCE)
Electric Malady, directed by Marie Lidén (SWEDEN / UK)
Through the Night, directed by Loira Limbal (US)
Always in Season, directed by Jacqueline Olive (US)
Reentry (working title), directed by Jennifer Redfearn (US)
Writing With Fire, directed by Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh (INDIA)

The Accelerator Lab supports ten projects helmed by women nonfiction directors across the globe working on their first or second feature-length documentary, with a special focus on underrepresented voices. 
Community-building is key to this program,” says Chicken & Egg Pictures Program Director Lucila Moctezuma. “While the Accelerator Lab for first- and second-time filmmakers certainly helps women filmmakers to enter the industry pipeline, it also provides them with a community of support that helps them to stay in the pipeline. The reality of being a film director is that it can often feel daunting and isolating. By explicitly encouraging peer-to-peer mentorship among our cohort, we provide emerging filmmakers with a chance to bond with and learn from one another, to help one another carve a space for themselves in the industry, and to equip them with the strength of a community they can rely on throughout their careers."
The 2018 Accelerator Lab filmmakers will meet in person for the first time during their  retreat at Menla Mountain Retreat Center from March 18-24, where they will get to know each other and watch each other's footage, participate in workshop sessions like "Fundraising Pillars and Best Practices," and prep to pitch their films at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June. 
Read more about our newest grantees!
The early bird gets the worm...
Heads up that the open call for our 2019 Accelerator Lab cohort will begin May 1.
Read more information about the application criteria here, and stay tuned for our newsletter and social media announcements when applications open!
Nominees in the Nest!

Two of our filmmakers are nominated for "
Best Documentary" at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards: Motherland, directed by Ramona Diaz, and The Departure, directed by Lana Wilson. Tune in this Saturday, March 3, at 5pm EST!
And two more of our supported filmmakers are nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards, airing this Sunday, March 4, at 8pm EST: Strong Island, by Yance Ford, nominated for "Best Documentary Feature," and Heroin(e), by 2016 Breakthrough Filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, nominated for "Best Documentary Short." 
Good luck Elaine, Lana, Ramona, and Yance! We're cheering you on!
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