Stephenson, Jacobson among Chicken & Egg winners

Kristi Jacobson, Julia Reichert, Yoruba Richen, Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Michèle Stephenson (pictured) have won the U.S. non-profit's inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards.
January 20, 2016

U.S. non-profit Chicken & Egg Pictures has named the five recipients of its inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards.

The awards go to mid-career women directors who “are poised to reach new heights and to continue to be strong filmmaker-advocates for urgent issues,” the organization said in statement. The award consists of a US$50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long mentorship program.

The inaugural winners are Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table), Julia Reichert (The Last Truck), Yoruba Richen (The New Black), Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) and Michèle Stephenson (American Promise, pictured).

“Our hope with this new award is to provide support and a platform for these artists to continue showcasing and elevating critical social justice, environmental, and human rights issues and stories while working to increase their visibility and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve,” said Jenni Wolfson, Chicken & Egg executive director, in a statement.

The five filmmakers were selected through a confidential nominations process.

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