In sharing about the ReFrame Rise program, we aim to achieve two goals: to inform decision-makers about up-and-coming talent that should be on their hiring lists, AND to encourage the adoption of the ‘sponsorship’ model of career support across the industry.
The 2022-24 ReFrame Rise fellows include 7 directors and 4 cinematographers, all poised to level up and move their careers to the next tier with the support of their industry sponsors and the ReFrame, WIF and Sundance Institute teams.
At the ReFrame Rise site, you can view all current fellows and download information including bios, credits and representation information.
Sponsorship vs. Mentorship
Current studies show a seven to 10-year gap in the careers of women who create content. There are gender barriers at each stage of the production process that result in “drop-out” patterns that hinder women filmmakers’ traction and success in Hollywood—a pattern that has not fundamentally changed in the last 15 years.
ReFrame sponsorship differs from traditional mentorship in that it depends on a cross-company collaboration of industry leaders to select, guide, and ultimately endorse the talent—moving beyond career advice to actively landing jobs, getting director meetings, on lists, etc.
If you are interested in sponsoring a ReFrame Rise fellow, or in building your own sponsorship program for talent, please contact us.Contact Us