Tax Deductible Donations for Our Fiscally Sponsored Films

Breaking Through The Lens is a pioneering initiative connecting female directors to top-tier finance at the Cannes Film Festival.

10 Feature Films are selected and presented in front of a curated guestlist of investors, sales agents and distributors. This program is meant to be a practical resource for a wide variety of women, one that is multi-cultural, intersectional and results-driven. Our 2019 event was a huge success, with a sold-out audience of 100+ with 11 production countries represented.

View photos and video from last year’s event.

We are currently approaching our 3rd year at the Cannes Film Festival, which is sure to be our biggest and best yet. Our BTTL 2020 Jury so far includes Emma Berkofsky (Head of Development at Lionsgate) and Nina Ritter (Acquisitions at Studio Canal).

As a registered charity, BTTL relies on the generous contributions of our community. Every small amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Use of funds are detailed at the bottom of this page. 

Connecting Female Directors to Finance

In 2019 less than 8% of the top 100 films worldwide were directed by women. Clearly words alone are not enough. ‘Breaking Through The Lens‘ is a grassroots movement dedicated to addressing this imbalance practically at the most important level – financing. There is a shift occurring in the industry, a moment that must be seized, and it will be deeds not words that bring about this change. Inclusivity is not a ‘trend’, it is the new way of doing business. Join us as BTTL leads the way.
“In an industry that has favoured the Male Voice for so long…
Breaking Through The Lens is changing that Dynamic.”

– Liza Foreman, Front Page, Cannes Market News


Cannes is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, last year drawing over 37,000 industry professionals from 135 countries. It is the most widely covered media event after the Summer Olympics Games. Join us as we bring the 3rd edition of ‘Breaking Through The Lens’ back to the vibrant city of Cannes, attracting top industry leaders in support of bold, new, female talent.

We need your help to make our next event possible and to expand Breaking Through The Lens as a supportive network for female filmmakers from around the world.

Money raised will go towards:

  • Location Fee
  • Audio/Visual equipment for the event
  • Travel stipend for filmmaking teams
  • Operational costs to run the event
  • Catering for the event
  • Marketing materials and web design
  • Photography and video team covering the event
  • PR for the event
Thank you for donating to Breaking Through The Lens!

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