I received support from Chicken & Egg Pictures in the past. Am I eligible for Project: Hatched 2022?

AlumNest filmmakers are eligible for Project: Hatched 2022 if they are applying with a project that has not been supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures. 

Projects previously supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures are not eligible.

Project: Hatched 2022 Open Call

The deadline to apply for the 2022 Project: Hatched program is approaching and I haven’t heard back from the festival I submitted my film to. Can I send a roughcut and let you know when I hear back from the festival?

Unfortunately, we are only able to consider films who have confirmed their premiere as of January 17, 2022. Films premiering by March 2022 will likely have received their premiere confirmation by the Project: Hatched 2022 Open Call deadline on January 17.

That said, we understand delays may happen. With this in mind, if your film receives a festival premiere confirmation within two weeks after the deadline please contact us to discuss the possibility of considering your application.

Who is eligible to apply to Project: Hatched 2022?

Project: Hatched 2022 supports US-based directors who are exploring a range of social justice themes and issues taking place in the US through their film and impact campaign. 

I applied to previous versions of Project: Hatched. Can I apply again?

Thank you for your interest in Project: Hatched! The program has grown and gone through a few changes since its pilot year. You are welcome to apply again if your film meets all the criteria listed in the eligibility section above. 

Do shorts, medium-length and feature-length documentaries receive the same grant amount through Project: Hatched?

Yes. Whether your film is a short, a medium-length documentary, or a feature-length documentary, if accepted into the program, each project receives a $30,000 grant with at least $15,000 to be allocated for an impact campaign. Although shorts usually have smaller budgets than feature-length films, the cost of strategizing, building, and launching an impact campaign can be similar. 

Project: Hatched Grantees at the New Orleans Film Festival

Still from Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

The 32nd annual New Orleans Film Festival will take place from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 14, with in-person screenings and a Virtual Cinema accessible worldwide 🌍🐣! At Chicken & Egg Pictures we are egg-cited to see three Project: Hatched 2021 films and a film from the AlumNest as part of their lineup. Take a look at them below and get your tickets with this link.

Fruits of Labor

dir. & prod. Emily Cohen Ibañez

Still from Fruits of Labor

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

dir. & prod. Ann Kaneko 

prod. Jin Yoo-Kim

Still from Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
Still from Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

On The Divide

dirs. Maya Cueva, Leah Galant

prods. Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Amanda Spain, Elizabeth Woodward

Still from On The Divide
Still from On The Divide

From the AlumNest

Ale Libre, directed by Project: Hatched 2021 grantee Maya Cueva, prods. Mayra Amaya, Melissa Bueno-Woerner, Daniel Tantalean, is part of the Documentary shorts section.

Post by Communications Intern Mariana Sanson

Meet Our Seven New Project: Hatched Grantees! 🐣

Project: Hatched 2021 grantees
Project: Hatched 2021 grantees

Chicken & Egg Pictures proudly announced via Women & Hollywood seven new grantees of our 2021 Project: Hatched program. Both short- and feature-length projects will participate. Each project receives $20,000 toward film completion and impact campaigns and filmmaking teams participate in a six-month program with tailored mentorship and goal-setting.

“From water rights to reproductive health, the subjects of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ newest grantees are ones that come up constantly in our cultural and political conversations. These seven films push past the headlines to reveal intimate character studies that investigate how social issues impact everyday lives,” said Program Director Lucila Moctezuma. “For the first time in our Project: Hatched program, two short films were selected alongside features. Not only can shorts act as critical stepping stones to help emerging filmmakers build careers, but they also have strong potential to create impact and engage broader audiences.” 

Please click the granted films titles for more information on each project, and give these passionate and committed women and gender nonconforming directors a warm welcome to the Nest!

And So I Stayed

Directors & producers: Natalie Pattillo, Daniel A. Nelson (SINGAPORE/UNITED STATES)

And So I Stayed is a documentary about survivors of domestic violence who are unjustly incarcerated for killing their abusers in self-defense.

Daughter of a Lost Bird

Director & producer: Brooke Pepion Swaney (UNITED STATES) 
Producers: Jeri Rafter, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter

A Native adoptee reconnects with her birth family and her Lummi heritage—confronting her identity. Her singular story represents many affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act and Indian Adoption Project in the US.

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

Director & producer: Ann Kaneko (UNITED STATES)
Producer: Jin Yoo-Kim 

This film poetically weaves together memories of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water,” where Native Americans, Japanese-Americans, and environmentalists defend land and water from Los Angeles.

I’m Free Now, You Are Free 

Director: Ash Goh Hua (SINGAPORE) 
Producer: Arielle Knight

I’m Free Now, You Are Free is a short documentary about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr. and his mother Debbie Africa—a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE 9.

On The Divide

Directors: Maya Cueva, Leah Galant (UNITED STATES) 
Producers: Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Amanda Spain, Elizabeth Woodward

On The Divide follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the US/Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, these three are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined.

Change The Name

Director & producer: Cai Thomas (UNITED STATES) 
Producer: Donald Conley

Student activists and educators from Village Leadership Academy campaign to change the name of a park from a slaveholder to abolitionists Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Storm Lake 

Directors: Beth Levison, Jerry Risius (UNITED STATES) 
Producer: Beth Levison

Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Cullen and his family fight to protect their Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—come hell or pandemic.

Read more about Project: Hatched.

Post by 2021 Communications Intern Mariana Sanson. 

Announcing Five New Project: Hatched 2021 grantees!

Announced via Women & Hollywood today, Chicken & Egg Pictures is proud to support five new grantees of the 2021 Project: Hatched program for feature-length documentary impact. Each film receives a $10,000 grant and tailored mentorship towards their impact campaigns.

“Each of these films tells a story about racial, economic, or workers justice in the United States and marks a critical moment in our social history,” said Program Director Lucila Moctezuma. “Their directors are uniquely positioned to create change and propel us toward a more equitable future, and Chicken & Egg Pictures is excited to support them with funding and programmatic support to further the impact of these important films.”

Please click the granted film’s titles for more information on each project and give these visionary women directors a warm welcome to the Nest!

Dope is Death

Director: Mia Donovan
Producer: Bob Moore

Dope Is Death tells the story of how radical politics and direct community action birthed the first acupuncture drug detoxification program in America.

Down a Dark Stairwell

Director: Ursula Liang
Producer: Rajal Pitroda 

A Chinese-American police officer kills an unarmed Black man in a dark stairwell of a NYC housing project, igniting a complicated fight for accountability and justice.

Since I Been Down

Director: Gilda Sheppard
Producers: Saman Maydani, June Nho Ivers
Producer and Lead Impact Strategist: Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss
Impact Team: YEA! Impact 

In America’s backyard, a community held captive by policies targeting gangs and drugs sacrifices their youth for a false sense of justice and safety. Nearly forty years later, a true path to justice and healing is led from inside their prison walls.


Director: Ashley O’Shay 
Producers: Ashley O’Shay, Morgan Elise Johnson
Impact Producer: Naeema Jamilah Torres 

Meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation.

Fruits of Labor

Director: Emily Cohen Ibañez
Producer: Emily Cohen Ibañez

A teenage farmworker dreams of graduating high school, when ICE raids in her community threaten to separate her family and force her to become her family’s breadwinner.

*Down a Dark Stairwell was previously supported through out Diversity Fellows Iniative (past program). 

Announcing four new grantees of our recently reimagined Project: Hatched program!

“This unprecedented moment requires us to innovate as an organization and to reimagine the way our programs support filmmakers. Peer mentorship is an instrumental part of our programs, and we know that filmmakers need each other’s support in order to navigate this changed industry. Each member of this Project: Hatched cohort is a director seeking to forge new models in the documentary world, engage with their audiences in new ways, and increase the social impact of their films in the digital space.” — Program Director, Lucila Moctezuma 

How we are shifting the Project: Hatched program:

Project: Hatched, announced in January 2020 as our new completion fund, was originally designed to support directors with finishing funds and mentorship as they prepared for the world premiere of a feature-length documentary film. The first Project: Hatched participants (The Fight, Coded Bias, and Once Upon a Time in Venezuela) premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Since the inaugural cohort and due to COVID-19, we have worked to reshape the program to better fit filmmakers’ needs in the current documentary film landscape.

Today we are announcing, via a Women & Hollywood exclusive, the four new Project: Hatched grantees—filmmakers whose premieres have been affected by festival changes—who will receive a $10,000 to $20,000 cash grant for their impact and audience engagement campaign, join a cohort for peer-to-peer mentorship calls with visiting experts, and set career goals with and receive mentorship from members of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ senior creative team. Additionally, two grantees from the original Project: Hatched cohort—Coded Bias, directed by Shalini Kantayya, and Once Upon a Time in Venezuela, directed by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos—will also join in on the new peer-to-peer mentorship model. 

Read about the four new supported films:

Belly of the Beast
Director: Erika Cohn (UNITED STATES) 
When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections.

Director: Cecilia Aldarondo (UNITED STATES) 
Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, Landfall examines a ruined world at the brink of transformation, spinning a cautionary tale for our times.

The Dilemma of Desire
Director: Maria Finitzo (UNITED STATES) 
An exploration of “cliteracy,” and the clash between the gender politics and the imperatives of female sexual desire.

Picture A Scientist
Directors: Sharon Shattuck, Ian Cheney (UNITED STATES) 
Picture A Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists.

Read more about Project: Hatched on our Programs webpage here.