Gamechanger Films Creates Film Fund for Female Directors

Financing company will only consider fictional indie films helmed by women

A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women.

The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger (“The War Room”). Producer Mynette Louie (pictured above), the winner of the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award, was named president of the organization. Producer Mary Jane Skalski will serve as senior advisor.

“The story that we all kept hearing was this disparity of opportunity for women in the field,” Ettinger tells Variety. “So it’s essentially trying to correct that.”

She added: “We have a lot of investors to date and we are really pleased about how quickly we were able to raise money.”

The company will only finance fictional narrative films and no projects helmed by men will be considered, Ettinger said.

A mere 9% of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2012 were directed by women, according to a recent study commissioned by Women in Film.

More Film

  • Oscars 2018 Nominations: Who Are the

    Oscar Nominations Are in, but Who Are the Frontrunners?

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • 'Get Out' Breaks Out With Four

    'Get Out' Scores Four Oscar Nominations, Including Three for Jordan Peele

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • Jordan Peele, Kumail Nanjiani React to

    Jordan Peele Ugly Cries and Kumail Nanjiani Plays It Cool: How Oscar Nominees Celebrated Online

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • All the Money in the World

    Christopher Plummer Becomes Oldest Actor to Be Nominated for an Oscar

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • Get Out

    Academy Skirts Another #OscarsSoWhite Disaster With a Diverse Lineup, But Who Will Win?

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • Oscar Nominations: Original Score and Song

    Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include a Taylor Swift Snub

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

  • Shape of Water

    Oscar Nominations Scorecard by Film and Studio

    A new financing company, Gamechanger Films, was announced today with the mission statement of producing indie films directed by women. The company, which will create a for-profit film fund, was founded by veteran documentary producers Julie Parker Benello (“Afternoon Delight”), Dan Cogan (“How to Survive a Plague”), Geralyn Dreyfous (“Born Into Brothels”) and Wendy Ettinger […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content