The initiative runs now through April 17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will be followed by another residency later this autumn. 

The Gabrielle A Hanna Film Institute, an initiative of the Provincetown Film Society (PFS), launched the women’s residency programme.

The project will allow female film-makers from around the world to work in the Cape Cod locale during the off-season alongside other artists and writers.

PFS, in collaboration with local businesses such as Land’s End Inn, Roux and Sage Inn & Lounge, will provide lodging and meals and an inviting environment for film-makers to foster their work.

“When we first conceived of the idea of a film institute, we met with several leaders in the film world to explore ways in which we could have an immediate impact on our underserved communities,” said Provincetown Film Society CEO Christine Walker.

“We concluded that a residency programme for women would serve as a catalyst for change in an industry where an abysmal 16% of the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, cinematographers and editors are women.

“Thanks to the overwhelming support of our community and our sponsors, we are pleased to be able to launch the program this spring.”

Directors Shelli Ainsworth (Stay Then Go), Jennie Livingston (Paris Is Burning) and Stacie Passon (Concussion, pictured) have been selected to take part in the inaugural residency. All three have screened their films at the festival.

The women’s residency program is sponsored in part by Elizabeth Redleaf, producer and co-founder/CEO of film finance and production company Werc Werk Works.