This year is an important year for Chicken & Egg Pictures as we take time to evaluate our current programs and dream big about our future. We are currently undergoing our third Strategic Planning process that will inform our program activities from 2023-2025. During this intensive process, our (Egg)celerator Lab selection process will be delayed so that we can make time to thoughtfully strategize for and implement programs that are responsive to the changing needs of filmmakers and our field. Our next call for applications will take place in Spring 2023 for the (Egg)celerator Lab program taking place in 2024. We look forward to deepening our support of filmmakers by increasing our grantmaking, continuing many of our existing programs, and introducing new ones. We will announce more news in the Fall about our path forward and future opportunities. Thank you for your patience.

Our programs support women and gender nonconforming documentary filmmakers at various stages in their careers.

We support filmmakers from diverse backgrounds who are both committed to social change and to the art and craft of filmmaking. When we choose a project, it is because we believe the film needs to be made–and that the particular filmmaker is the one to make it. Our grantees have unique access to their subjects, a collaborative spirit, and the courage to take creative risks. When choosing a project, we look for:

  • Storytelling: Original story, tone, style, and structure
  • Diversity: In all its forms
  • Innovation: Filmmakers with unique voices and projects that take risks
  • Vision: A new perspective on an issue, special access into the story, and the ability to make the universal accessible and personal
  • Craft: Inextricable links between story and production value
  • Resonance: Timely, urgent, or compelling issues at stake

Completing and launching a documentary takes grit, nerve, and creativity; it also takes money, connections, and time. We offer women and gender nonconforming directors the tools to realize the full potential of their projects, both as works of art and as catalysts for change. Each of our programs represents a pivotal intervention in a woman’s filmmaking career; through them, we empower  storytellers to direct their own careers in the field.

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(Egg)celerator Lab


This year is an important year for Chicken & Egg Pictures as we take time to evaluate our current programs and dream big about our future. We are currently undergoing our third Strategic Planning process that will inform our program activities from 2023-2025. During this intensive process, our (Egg)celerator Lab selection process will be delayed so that we can make time to thoughtfully strategize for and implement programs that are responsive to the changing needs of filmmakers and our field. Our next call for applications will take place in Spring 2023 for the (Egg)celerator Lab program taking place in 2024. We will announce more news in the Fall about our path forward and future opportunities. Thank you for your patience.


The (Egg)celerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. This program brings together ten projects, with a special focus on stories by self-identifying women and gender nonconforming directors.

In this year-long program, these ten projects will receive:

  • $40,000 in grant funding for the production of their feature-length film
  • Monthly mentorship with Chicken & Egg Pictures’ senior creative team members
  • Three creative retreats focused on career building and creative development
  • Industry meetings and funder connections
  • Peer support from the (Egg)celerator Lab cohort

The Chicken & Egg Pictures (Egg)celerator Lab for first- and second-time directors is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and through general operating support from our wonderful community of donors and grantmakers.


For a list of past cohorts, please see here.


  • Funding & Mentorship: Chicken & Egg Pictures has an established model of providing strategic funding and mentorship in ways that maximize that support. The (Egg)celerator Lab ratchets up this successful model, helping filmmakers meet their goals faster and with more intensive support.
  • Retreats: During the 2022 program, grantees will be required to attend three intensive retreats focused on mentorship. This mentorship is aimed at helping grantees to make strides as artists, storytellers, and movement builders; giving deep, direct insight on grantees’ individual projects to release the most successful film possible; and assisting grantees in their professional development as they pursue a career in the documentary film industry.
  • Industry Meetings and Funder Connections: Grantees will have the opportunity to build industry and funder connections.
  • Peer Support: Participants benefit from the knowledge and experiences of their peers as part of a vibrant community of shared ideas and mutual support.


Programs FAQs


Over the past year, we adapted the 2020 (Egg)celerator Lab to a  virtual program, with retreats and mentorship taking place online. The 2021 (Egg)celerator Lab has continued to take place virtually, and we are evaluating the possibility of an in-person retreat in  2021. Our hope for the 2022 (Egg)celerator Lab is to resume in-person gatherings, dependent on global safety conditions.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply. Men filmmakers are encouraged to partner with a woman or gender nonconforming co-director.

Does Chicken & Egg Pictures support political films?

As a 501(c)(3), Chicken & Egg Pictures is not able to support films or projects relating to influencing, directly or indirectly, a political campaign for public office in the US or internationally, regardless of timing of release of the film.

If you are unsure about your film’s eligibility based on the above, you can email us at with a description of your film project.

Does the (Egg)celerator Lab use the Documentary Core Application?

Since 2016, Chicken & Egg Pictures has opted into the Documentary Core Application. Our hope is that your responses to these questions will result in material that may be used for other applications as you move forward with your fundraising goals. In an effort to simplify the application process, you will only be asked to answer some of the questions of the Core Application for the first round. If your application moves forward, you will be notified and asked to submit responses for additional questions of the Core Application in mid-October 2021. 

What if we are co-directors and one of us is a first-time director, but the other has made more than two feature-length films?

Co-directing teams with one first- or second-time co-director and one more experienced co-director are allowed to apply, but priority will be given to first- and second-time filmmaking teams. Please note that the prior work sample of co-directing teams that consist of a first- or second-time director and a more experienced director must be representative of the first- or second-time director’s experience.


Grants for the (Egg)celerator Lab will be $40,000 for each chosen film.

The grants will be disbursed in installments throughout the program, beginning in March/April 2022, with further installments tied to agreed-upon deliverables and deadlines.

How do you define first-time filmmakers? How do you define second-time filmmakers?

We define a first-time filmmaker as someone who has never completed a feature-length documentary film. An applicant still qualifies as a first-time filmmaker if they have made multiple shorts or a web series. We don’t consider anything less than 48 minutes to be a feature-length film. We consider anything over 48 minutes to be a feature-length film.

We define a second-time filmmaker as someone who has not completed more than one feature-length documentary film.

What production stages are eligible?

To be eligible for the (Egg)celerator Lab, applicants must be between early-production and mid-production, with no less than 10% and no more than 60% of their footage shot by the date of the application deadline. We’re only accepting projects between these stages because we want to ensure that we have the greatest opportunity possible to make an impact on the production of the project and on the development of the director’s career during the 2022 program year.

Note: The program will take place from February to December 2022. If you are planning to have a rough cut by the end of 2021 or by the first quarter of 2022, your project is too advanced and not eligible to apply.

How do you define feature-length?

We consider feature-length films to be projects over 50 minutes, including those that may be aiming for a PBS hour (56:40), or a classic feature-length (over 72 minutes). Combined web series or any shorts that could be counted as a feature when added together do not qualify as feature-length for this Open Call.

What if I have previously made a feature-length fiction film, but this is my first feature-length nonfiction film?

If you’ve made one or more feature-length fiction film(s) but no feature-length nonfiction film(s), you are eligible to apply as a first-time filmmaker (see our definition for first- and second-time filmmakers).

If I applied in the past but my project was not selected, can I reapply?

Those who are first- or second-time filmmakers, and who are still in early or mid-production and haven’t shot more than 60% of their footage, may apply for this funding round. If you have completed a project that received a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures but still qualify as a first- or second-time filmmaker and are beginning a new film, you are welcome to apply.

Can I apply with more than one project?

Please only apply with the one project that you feel is the best fit for Chicken & Egg Pictures. Read our guidelines and look at the films we have supported to get an idea of our interests. If you really cannot choose between two projects, you can email us at with a short description of both films and ask for our advice (this advice will not impact your application). Always include your project title name(s) in the subject line of your email.

If I’ve received a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures in the past, can I reapply?

Those who are first- or second-time filmmakers, and who are still in early or mid-production and haven’t shot more than 60% of their footage, may apply for this funding round. If you have completed a project that received a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures but still qualify as a first- or second-time filmmaker and are beginning a new film, you are welcome to apply.

How many applications receive funding?

The (Egg)celerator Lab will fund ten applications: a combination of first-time and second-time filmmakers.

I have not shot anything yet for my proposed project. I have a great idea, a character, and access. How can I apply?

Projects in the early production stage are eligible. At least 10% of shot material is required. No matter what stage of the project, filmmakers are required to submit at least seven minutes of edited footage to apply. Second-time filmmakers must submit a previous work sample. 

What work samples do you require for the application?

All work samples must be in English or have accurate English subtitles on screen.

First-time directors: 

  1. Must submit a sample of the project with which they’re applying
  2. (Optional) Can submit a prior work sample

Second-time directors: 

  1. Must submit a sample of the project with which they’re applying
  2. Must submit a prior work sample from their first feature-length film, on which they served as director or co-director

Co-directing teams:

  1. Must submit a sample of the project with which they’re applying
  2. Must submit a prior work sample from the first- or second-time filmmaker, if your co-directing team consists of one first- or second-time filmmaker and one veteran filmmaker
  3. (Optional) May submit a prior work sample if all directors are first-time filmmakers 

Current Project Samples

Current project samples should run between 7–20 minutes and can consist of a trailer, 2–3 scene selects or excerpts, or a combination of a trailer and scene selects.

  • Since we will be looking at your ability to construct a story, we encourage first-time filmmakers to ensure that their work samples include constructed scene selects/excerpts.
  • In our first round application review, reviewers are required to watch up to the first 10 minutes of the project sample. In this early round, 10 minutes will be sufficient to get a sense of the project, the importance of the subject matter, and the talent of the filmmaker to move into the following round. In subsequent rounds, work samples will be viewed in full. You are able to submit a sample that is longer than 20 minutes in order to avoid re-editing; however, in the first round, reviewers will only view up to the first 10 minutes

Prior Work Samples 

Prior work samples have no length limit and are mandatory for second-time filmmakers and optional for first-time filmmakers. These samples should be of a film that the applicant either directed or played a prominent role in the production of.

  • The purpose of a prior work sample is to give us a sense of the director’s visual style, storytelling ability, ambition, and follow through. 
  • Your prior work sample must be documentary, fiction-nonfiction hybrid, or other forms of nonfiction. The sample can be a short or feature-length film, including web series, animation, or experimental. Fiction work, music videos, commercial work, and PSAs are not accepted as prior work samples. We understand the creative value of this work but, because of its nature, it does not allow us to see the author’s voice and vision as a documentary filmmaker. 

First-time filmmakers: You may submit previously directed work that is not a feature-length film but this must still be documentary, hybrid, or other form of nonfiction, such as web series, animation, or experimental. If none of this is available, you may submit a work sample from a separate project in which you held a prominent creative role in the production, such as producer, A.D., cinematographer, or editor. If you are not the director, please specify your role in the creation of the completed work submitted.  Note that samples of work directed by you are strongly preferred over samples of work where you held a prominent role but did not participate as director or co-director.

Tips & Tricks

Important technical notes to keep in mind when submitting your work samples:

  • All work samples must be accessible via a downloadable URL (Vimeo, YouTube, or private hosting site). You must provide us with a link and password to review the sample.
  • Please test your links and passwords and make sure they play all the way through the samples. Please also make sure your links will stay live and be accessible through December 2021.
  • We prefer that you submit using a link and password, but if you are absolutely unable to submit online, you may email, with “DVD submission request” and your project title in the subject line to request permission.

Important notes on trailers, character strands, scene selects, and raw footage:

  • Trailers: Trailers can often be slick, fast, and energetic, and may not give us an accurate sense of your film’s tone, character development, or story structure. If you’re submitting a trailer, we encourage you to also attach a couple of additional scenes to give us more of a chance to experience your style and get a feel for your characters, access, relationship to the material, and narrative arc.
  • Character strands: If you’ve been following a character over time and want to show their evolution or development, you might want to string together scenes that show the character’s progression. A character strand doesn’t require formal transitions or the scenes to be interwoven with others, but it should demonstrate a character’s story arc, what makes them unique, and your depth of access to them. Please do this only if the character is your lead and a major part of the story.
  • Selected Scenes/Excerpts: If you are a bit further along, you can send us a selection of edited scenes or an excerpt of an early assembly of the film. These can be edited together consecutively to tell us a part of your story (with transitions), or they can be intercut with black in between (no transitions), to show us the range of your story. Scene selects or excerpts should provide us with a feel for how your story will play out in real time; they should also offer a sense of your tone, pacing, and cinematic language.


What makes a good logline?

A logline is a concise, story-driven description that explains the heart of your project in one or two sentences. Because nearly every film festival, producer, distributor, or other industry professional will want to see one, you should spend time developing a strong logline for your project. A good logline introduces your central character, their world, their goals, and the forces standing in their way. It should be in concert with your title and tagline, and offer a bit of double meaning and mystery that compels the reader to want more.

A few examples from projects funded by Chicken & Egg Pictures:

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry: Can an artist change China? Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows two tumultuous years in the life of Ai Weiwei, when he became a superstar, a dissident of the art world, in the headlines, a first-time father, and an online god to tens of thousands of Chinese netizens, all while trying to stay out of prison.
  • Black Out: A literal and metaphorical journey towards enlightenment, Black Out shows how children reconcile their daily lives in Guinea, one of the world’s poorest countries, with their desire to learn.

What makes a good synopsis?

A strong synopsis, like a strong logline, will focus on the heart of the story that drives your project. It will be longer than a logline, but still keep it concise — we recommend sticking to 1 to 2 pages. Your synopsis should give your story a beginning, middle, and end, mentioning key moments where your character or characters encounter particular challenges. It should also mention briefly the broader implications of the personal struggles at stake.

If I am selected for the (Egg)celerator Lab, would Chicken & Egg Pictures request a credit on my film?

The standard credit we’ll request of grantees in the (Egg)celerator Lab will be “In Association with Chicken & Egg Pictures.”

Do you provide feedback on applications to which you do not award grants?

We are a small staff with limited capacity, and cannot provide one-on-one feedback to all applicants. We do provide some feedback for those whose projects are shortlisted. Chicken & Egg Pictures believes wholeheartedly in the importance of feedback, and are constantly searching for ways to offer more support to all our applicants.





  • Milisuthando
    Milisuthando Bongela
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    <p>Milisuthando Bongela</p>


  • An Act of Worship
    Nausheen Dadabhoy
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    <p>Nausheen Dadabhoy</p>

    An Act of Worship

  • #Mickey
    Betzabé García
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    <p>Betzabé García </p>


  • Between Fire and Water
    Viviana Gómez Echeverry
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    <p>Viviana Gómez Echeverry</p>

    Between Fire and Water

  • We Are Inside
    Farah Kassem
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    <p>Farah Kassem </p>

    We Are Inside

  • Untitled PRC Project
    Jessica Kingdon
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    <p>Jessica Kingdon</p>

    Untitled PRC Project

  • Mama Bears
    Daresha Kyi
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    <p>Daresha Kyi</p>

    Mama Bears

  • Silent Beauty
    Jasmin López
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    <p>Jasmin López</p>

    Silent Beauty

  • Pray Away
    Kristine Stolakis
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    <p>Kristine Stolakis</p>

    Pray Away

  • Cutting Through Rocks
    Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni
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    <p>Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni</p>

    Cutting Through Rocks


  • A Cops and Robbers Story
    Ilinca Calugareanu
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    <p>Ilinca Calugareanu</p>

    A Cops and Robbers Story

  • People’s Hospital
    Siyi Chen
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    <p>Siyi Chen</p>

    People’s Hospital

  • Enemies of the State
    Sonia Kennebeck
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    <p>Sonia Kennebeck</p>

    Enemies of the State

  • Accept the Call
    Eunice Lau
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    <p>Eunice Lau</p>

    Accept the Call

  • Number 387
    Madeleine Leroyer
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    <p>Madeleine Leroyer</p>

    Number 387

  • Electric Malady
    Marie Lidén
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    <p>Marie Lidén</p>

    Electric Malady

  • Through The Night
    Loira Limbal
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    <p>Loira Limbal</p>

    Through The Night

  • Always in Season
    Jacqueline Olive
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    <p>Jacqueline Olive</p>

    Always in Season

  • Reentry (working title)
    Jennifer Redfearn
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    <p>Jennifer Redfearn</p>

    Reentry (working title)

  • Writing With Fire
    Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
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    <p>Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh</p>

    Writing With Fire


  • Bangla Surf Girls
    Elizabeth D. Costa
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    <p>Elizabeth D. Costa</p>

    Bangla Surf Girls

  • The Guardian of Memory
    Marcela Arteaga
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    <p>Marcela Arteaga</p>

    The Guardian of Memory

  • Kids Can Spit
    Chelsi Bullard
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    <p>Chelsi Bullard</p>

    Kids Can Spit

  • Lights Camera Uganda
    Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez
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    <p>Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez</p>

    Lights Camera Uganda

  • One Child Nation
    Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
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    <p>Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang</p>

    One Child Nation

  • People I Know
    Zofia Pregowska
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    <p>Zofia Pregowska</p>

    People I Know

  • Rajada Dalka/Nation’s Hope
    Hana Mire
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    <p>Hana Mire</p>

    Rajada Dalka/Nation’s Hope

  • The Rashomon Effect
    Lyric R. Cabral
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    <p>Lyric R. Cabral</p>

    The Rashomon Effect

  • The Surrender of Waymond Hall
    Jane Greenberg
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    <p>Jane Greenberg</p>

    The Surrender of Waymond Hall

  • Unaccompanied Children
    Alexandra Codina
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    <p>Alexandra Codina</p>

    Unaccompanied Children


  • 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide
    Hope Litoff
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    <p>Hope Litoff</p>

    32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide

  • Kingdom of Us
    Lucy Cohen
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    <p>Lucy Cohen</p>

    Kingdom of Us

  • MUHI – Generally Temporary
    Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman
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    <p>Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman</p>

    MUHI – Generally Temporary

  • Of Love & Law
    Hikaru Toda
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    <p>Hikaru Toda</p>

    Of Love & Law

  • The Age of Water
    Isabel Alcántara
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    <p>Isabel Alcántara</p>

    The Age of Water

  • The Feeling of Being Watched
    Assia Boundaoui
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    <p>Assia Boundaoui</p>

    The Feeling of Being Watched

  • Tre Maison Dasan
    Denali Tiller
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    <p>Denali Tiller </p>

    Tre Maison Dasan

  • Whose Streets?
    Sabaah Folayan
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    <p>Sabaah Folayan</p>

    Whose Streets?

  • Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man
    Lily Zepeda
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    <p>Lily Zepeda</p>

    Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man

  • A Guangzhou Love Story
    Kathy Huang
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    <p>Kathy Huang</p>

    A Guangzhou Love Story

Chicken & Egg Award

The Chicken & Egg Award responds to the reality that only a few women nonfiction directors in the US and abroad are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. Despite progress by talented women filmmakers across the globe, there are still numerous roadblocks that stand in the way of those filmmakers truly breaking through in the documentary industry. These roadblocks are often tied to gender, race, class, disability, and geography, among other factors.

This program recognizes and elevates six women and gender nonconforming directors at advanced stages of their careers with unique voices who are poised to reach new heights and become strong filmmaker-advocates for urgent issues. The award consists of a $50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long mentorship tailored to each filmmaker’s individual goals. We support these artists in breaking through to the next level of their careers and as they become influential leaders for the issues they are exploring on-screen.

Through this Award, Chicken & Egg Pictures is making a bold investment in women artists, and an equally bold statement about representation and gender equity. We view this as inextricably connected to elevating the critical social justice, environmental, and human rights issues of the day, ensuring that a greater diversity of voices are participating in the storytelling that drives change.

Recipients of the Chicken & Egg Award are chosen through a confidential nomination process. Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Scroll down to view current and past cohorts of the Chicken & Egg Award.

The Chicken & Egg Award is generously supported through general operating support from our wonderful community of donors and grantmakers.


For a list of past cohorts, please see here.


In addition to financial support, the Chicken & Egg Award grantees will participate in a year-long mentorship program that will focus on strengthening their professional infrastructure, increasing their public and industry visibility, and fulfilling their specific personal and creative goals.

This intimate, in-depth mentorship program will address each grantee’s needs and aspirations using a tailored, multi-layered approach. Grantees will:

  • Work with Chicken & Egg Pictures to define their goals for their year;
  • Brainstorm the best strategy to move them forward in their Award year;
  • Develop specific goals and tactics to accomplish those aspirations, which they will execute during the program year with our support;
  • Have access to a strategic planning coach and an industry support network to build out those tactics and achieve those goals;
  • Participate in group retreats where they will have the opportunity to make connections with veteran filmmakers, industry decision-makers, and fellow Chicken & Egg Awardees; and
  • Contribute to an ecosystem of filmmakers supporting one another by mentoring one filmmaker from the roster of active Chicken & Egg Pictures grantees.








Project: Hatched

We are not currently accepting applications for Project: Hatched. The application deadline for the 2022 Open Call was Monday, January 17.  Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Project: Hatched provides support to US-based filmmakers who are nearing completion or have recently completed a short-, medium-, and/or feature-length documentary film and who have plans to strategize, build, and launch an impact campaign. The program focuses on the lifecycle of documentary films in distribution with masterclasses on festivals, awards season, markets and impact campaigns.

2022 Open Call

Through Project: Hatched 2022, six short-, medium-, and/or feature-length documentary documentary projects will:

  • Participate in a seven-month program running from April to October 2022
  • Receive a $30,000 grant, with at least $15,000 to be allocated towards an impact campaign (up to $15,000 may be used for film completion, including expenses already incurred)
  • Participate in mentorship consultations with Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Senior Creative Consultants focused on impact campaign strategy and professional development 
  • Receive monthly peer support from their cohort 
  • Join our AlumNest community of supported filmmakers for further peer support and deeper connections

Key Areas

At the conclusion of the program each fellow will have greater insight into understanding the lifecycle of their film in distribution through a focus on 4 key areas. They are: 

  • Festival Strategy: Focused on the launch of the film or the continuation of a festival strategy in the event the film has already premiered 
  • Awards Season: Focused on developing a plan to garner recognition for their film and their film careers
  • Markets: Focused on understanding the markets where they can sell their films and the potential for income generation
  • Impact: Focused on ambitious and narrow impact campaigns


To be eligible to apply for the Project: Hatched 2022 Open Call your project must:

  • be directed or co-directed by a self-identified woman or gender nonconforming director based in the US*;
  • focus on a range of social justice themes and issues taking place in the US and US territories;
  • be a short (up to 30 minutes), medium-length (30-50 minutes) or feature-length (50 minutes or more) documentary/nonfiction film;
  • have premiered or secured a premiere between April 2021 and March 2022;
  • have a director committed to and with plans of launching an impact campaign;

You are NOT eligible if your project is:

  • not directed or co-directed by a self-identified woman or gender nonconforming individual based in the US;
  • already supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures (projects supported through the Diversity Fellows Initiative are eligible to apply); 
  • not focused on a story taking place in the US;
  • a student film being produced under a graduate or undergraduate program;
  • a series;
  • a VR or interactive project; 
  • a fiction film.

*Although our hope is to open the program internationally in the future, Project: Hatched 2022 supports US-based directors whose films are exploring a range of social justice themes and issues taking place in the US. 


The 2022 Project: Hatched program will include a grant of $30,000 USD for each project. At least $15,000 USD must be used for the film’s impact campaign. The remaining funds may be used for completion funds, including expenses already incurred in the case of films already completed at the time of the application. 


  • December 6: Project: Hatched 2022 applications open
  • January 17 at 10 am ET :  Project: Hatched 2022 application deadline
  • January–March: Chicken & Egg Pictures processes and reviews applications
  • April 18: Program start


Project: Hatched 2022 FAQs

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, except for projects supported through the Diversity Fellows Initiative are eligible to apply.

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I completed and premiered my film but I am still paying post production expenses. Can I use the completion portion of the grant to pay expenses already incurred?

Yes. $15,000 of the grant must be used for your film’s impact campaign. The other $15,000 can be used to pay post production expenses already incurred, including you or your team’s time compensation during the completion stage

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I’m the impact producer of the project, can I apply?

At the moment only directors are eligible to apply. Directors who apply should be looking to grow their skills and knowledge in impact campaign strategy; additional team members who are key to a successful impact campaign, such as producers and impact producers, may join some sessions during the program year.

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Can I apply more than $15,000 to my impact campaign?

Yes. You can even use the full $30,000 if you have covered all your completion expenses.

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Does the premiere have to be in the US?

We welcome films with international premieres. As long as the film has premiered or will premiere by March 2022, there are no restrictions for the festival’s geographic location. Although the film may have premiered anywhere in the world, eligible filmmakers must be US-based directors  who are exploring a range of social justice themes and issues taking place in the US. 

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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.

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Why must my film have premiered or secured a premiere between April 2021 and March 2022?

The goal of the 2022 Project: Hatched program is to support films that have active impact campaigns and are at a point where the curriculum of the program can still assist in strategizing around the recently launched campaign, or are ready to strategize and launch one during the duration of the program (April – October 2022). 

Films that premiered before April 2021 were considered for Project: Hatched 2021 through a nomination process and are no longer eligible.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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How many projects do you select?

Six (6) projects will be a part of the 2022 Project:Hatched cohort.

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I have more questions. How can I get in touch?

If you have any questions regarding our open call that are not addressed in the FAQ, please reach out to us at
Note: we will not answer inquiries about questions already addressed in the FAQ.

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  • A Woman on the Outside
    Lisa Riordan Seville & Zara Katz
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    <p>Lisa Riordan Seville &#038; Zara Katz</p>

    A Woman on the Outside

  • Any Given Day
    Margaret Byrne
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    <p>Margaret Byrne</p>

    Any Given Day

  • BEBA
    Rebeca Huntt
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    <p>Rebeca Huntt</p>


  • Crossings
    Deann Borshay Liem
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    <p>Deann Borshay Liem</p>


  • Mama Has a Mustache
    Sally Rubin
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    <p>Sally Rubin</p>

    Mama Has a Mustache

  • Takeover
    Emma Francis-Snyder
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    <p>Emma Francis-Snyder</p>



  • Dope is Death
    Mia Donovan
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    <p>Mia Donovan </p>

    Dope is Death

  • Down a Dark Stairwell
    Ursula Liang
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    <p>Ursula Liang </p>

    Down a Dark Stairwell

  • Fruits of Labor
    Emily Cohen Ibañez
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    <p>Emily Cohen Ibañez</p>

    Fruits of Labor

  • Since I Been Down
    Gilda Sheppard
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    <p>Gilda Sheppard</p>

    Since I Been Down

  • Unapologetic
    Ashley O’Shay
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    <p>Ashley O&#8217;Shay</p>


  • Daughter of a Lost Bird
    Brooke Pepion Swaney
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    <p>Brooke Pepion Swaney</p>

    Daughter of a Lost Bird

  • And So I Stayed
    Natalie Pattillo & Daniel A. Nelson
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    <p>Natalie Pattillo &#038; Daniel A. Nelson</p>

    And So I Stayed

  • Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
    Ann Kaneko
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    <p>Ann Kaneko</p>

    Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust

  • I’m Free Now, You Are Free
    Ash Goh Hua
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    <p>Ash Goh Hua</p>

    I’m Free Now, You Are Free

  • On The Divide
    Maya Cueva & Leah Galant
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    <p>Maya Cueva &#038; Leah Galant</p>

    On The Divide

  • Change The Name
    Cai Thomas
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    <p>Cai Thomas </p>

    Change The Name

  • Storm Lake
    Beth Levison & Jerry Risius
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    <p>Beth Levison &#038; Jerry Risius</p>

    Storm Lake


Docs by the Dozen


Docs by the Dozen recognizes the power of documentary shorts and series in their ability to reach millions and address important social issues, all while playing an important role in raising a filmmaker’s artistic and professional profile.

The program is designed to engage with our AlumNest, build meaningful partnerships with like minded organizations and companies, and generate artistic and innovative short films and series that can increase a filmmaker’s financial stability. The program provides talented filmmakers with the opportunity to expand their portfolios, reach broader audiences, and respond to critical social justice issues in a timely way.

Through this program, Chicken & Egg Pictures commissions short films and oversees their production, in close collaboration with the supported filmmakers and production partners. Filmmakers are selected through a request for proposal (RFP) process open to our AlumNest filmmakers. Our internal team reviews proposals and recommends shortlisted applicants to our production partner who selects the final projects to commission.

Unsolicited applications are not accepted at this time.


  • The Scientists Versus Dartmouth
    Sharon Shattuck
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    <p>Sharon Shattuck</p>

    The Scientists Versus Dartmouth

  • Overexposed
    Holly Morris
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    <p>Holly Morris </p>


  • Until She is Free
    Maria Finitzo
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    <p>Maria Finitzo </p>

    Until She is Free

Partnership with LUNA®

In 2020, Chicken & Egg Pictures partnered with LUNA® to commission three short films on the theme “Someday Is Now” in response to raised national consciousness around women’s rights. The films explore a variety of perspectives on women’s civil rights issues and female self empowerment. In 1999, LUNA® was introduced as the very first nutrition bar for women with the mission to create momentum, champion women, and spark change. In 2001, LUNAFEST® was founded as the world’s first all-women traveling film festival celebrating the work of filmmakers through nationwide screenings, in addition to making an impact at the local level by fundraising for women’s causes.

The short films produced through this partnership are screening as part of a slate of seven films in the LUNAFEST® 2021 Season.


  • 400 years in four
    Angela Tucker & Kristi Jacobson
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    <p>Angela Tucker &#038; Kristi Jacobson </p>

    400 years in four

  • Sanctuary
    Brett Story
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    <p>Brett Story </p>


  • One Shot, One Kill
    Nancy Schwartzman
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    <p>Nancy Schwartzman </p>

    One Shot, One Kill

Partnership with Mother Jones

Chicken & Egg Pictures partnered with Mother Jones to commission a three-part short series focused on gun culture in response to the onslaught of mass shootings in the US. Mother Jones is America’s longest-established investigative news organization with a reputation for high quality independent reporting. With a monthly digital audience of 6 to 10 million, the broad reach of Mother Jones extends into communities of politically engaged individuals across generations.

The short films were published on Mother Jones between August–October 2020. The production of the series was also generously supported by The Gruber Family Foundation and Ken Pelletier.


Chicken & Egg Pictures has supported 300+ talented, diverse women nonfiction directors from all around the world, and that number continues to grow each year. The AlumNest program is Chicken & Egg Pictures’ way of holding a space for current and former Nest grantees, from first-time filmmakers to industry veterans, to communicate and connect, so we can foster a strong, vibrant community. 

Through the years, filmmakers who have participated in our programs have often articulated that the community of filmmakers they have built during their program year has been one of the most important and meaningful aspects of their time with us. The AlumNest extends this sense of community far beyond a single program year, providing both online and in-person spaces for filmmakers to connect with and learn from one another; develop relationships with other industry professionals; and take advantage of our funding, mentorship, and consultation opportunities intentionally designed for them. 

AlumNest members have: 

  • Access to a robust online community for sharing advice, opportunities, articles related to nonfiction art and industry, and for and discussing timely topics; 
  • The chance to attend meaningful in-person community-building events and filmmaker gatherings; 
  • The opportunity to apply to our most recent programs Project: Hatched and Docs By the Dozen; and 
  • Additional access to new offerings for alumni.


For a list of Chicken & Egg Pictures-supported grantees sorted by director or recipient name, see here.


If you are a Chicken & Egg Pictures grantee, request access to the private group here