Hannah Peterson Wins Top Prize in 2019 Through Her Lens Program

Writer and film director Hannah Peterson (Film/Video MFA 18) has been awarded the top 2019 Production Fund prize from the fifth annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program. 

Peterson and producer Taylor Shung were selected by an esteemed jury to receive the top prize, an $80,000 production grant for their short film CHAMP, a “story for girls who love sports.” The pair will also receive further production support from Tribeca Studios.

The Through Her Lens Program partners with Pulse Films and Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) to promote “emerging and independent female voices” and “foster[ing] vital artists in their professional and artistic development.” The program kicks off with a three-day immersive workshop, during which industry professionals support and develop the works of five pairs of women filmmakers. This year’s master class advisors include actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Kruger, producer Alison Benson (“Divorce”) and writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”). The five pairs present their films at the program’s finale, one of which receives full financing to produce the short. The other four pairs receive grant funds for their own projects.

Peterson is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose collaborators include Sean Baker (Tangerine, 2015) and Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, 2015). She was listed among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2018. Her short film East of the River (2019) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival Award and Slamdance Film Festival 2019, where it won a jury honorable mention and awarded the Russo brothers fellowship. She also received a Panavision New Filmmaker grant for the film. Peterson is also the director of Shook, Disney Channel’s first original scripted series made exclusively for YouTube. 

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