This is what parity looks like, everyone. It’s as good as spring itself! 

This year, the Tribeca Film Festival’s competition sections consisted of 50% women-directed/co-directed films. This number is up from an already impressive 44% in 2018. There’s more to celebrate –  29% of the feature films included were directed by people of color, and 13% by directors identifying as LGBTQIA+.

Welcome to another edition of Here’s The Work, full of new work from the women directors in our database!

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the women in our database whose films were included in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, which ran in New York City April 24-May 5. An impressive number of Free The Bid directors made it into this year’s prestigious lineup, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Speaking of Free The Bid directors working across advertising, film, and beyond, be sure to check out our recent interview with Annabel Jankel. This veteran commercial and music video director (one of the co-founders of production company MJZ) spoke with us about her new feature film “Tell It To The Bees” – don’t miss it in theaters on May 3rd.

So scroll through, discover new favorites, and start working on that list of your favorite women directors!



What is “Here’s The Work”?

This newsletter represents a curated selection of the commercialsbranded contentshort films, and music videos that were directed by the talented directors in Free The Bid’s global database and released this month!

As always, don’t forget that the filmmakers on our database have also been hard at work on feature filmsdocumentariesepisodic TVwebseriesinnovation projects, and even more!

Bear in mind, too, that while this list showcases the work of Free The Bid directors, our site also is a one-stop shop for discovering editorscoloristscomposers and DOPs. A commitment to freeing the bid doesn’t just stop at hiring a woman director – enrich your crews with women across production roles!



Congratulations to all of the women directors who were included in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival!

Particular congratulations are in order for directors B. Monét and Haley Elizabeth Anderson, whose Queen Collective shorts, created as part of partnership between Queen Latifah and Free The Bid supporter Marc Pritchard (Chief Brand Officer, P&G), were screened during a Tribeca event. The two directors participated in a conversation with filmmaker Dee Rees and Queen Latifah herself, and their short films are now available to view on Hulu.

As a bonus for those who attended the festival, did you catch our Executive Director Emma Reeves, moderating a panel, “What’s Next For Women In Branded Entertainment,” at Tribeca X?

Below, a list of all Free The Bid directors who helmed films that screened during the festival.

Ani Simon Kennedy | “The Short History of the Long Road” | Special Honors: Best Screenplay | LINK   
Ani Simon Kennedy | “A Touch Of Sugar” | LINK 
Aubrey Smyth | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “The Need To Know” |  Gingersnap, Cutter Productions | LINK
B. Monét | “Ballet After Dark” Queen Collective Shorts | LINK   
Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy | “Blow the Man Down” | Best Screenplay | LINK
Camilla Hall | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “The Poppy & The Sunflower” | LINK    
Celine Tricart | The Key (USA, Iraq) | Storyscapes Award | LINK
Drew Denny | “Momster” | LINK
Emily Abt | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “Born A Fighter” | LINK
Farah X, Lisa Cortes | “The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion” | LINK
Haley Elizabeth Anderson | “If There Is Light” | Queen Collective Shorts | LINK
Judith Helfand | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “Absolutely No Spitting” | LINK
Laura Nix | “Walk Run Cha-Cha,” | Concordia Studio, New York Times Op-Docs | LINK
Lesley Chilcott | “Watson” | LINK
Ro Haber | Tribeca x Bvlgari | “Celestial” | LINK
Sasie Sealy | “Lucky Grandma (辛運的奶奶)” | LINK
Savanah Leaf | Tribeca x Bvlgari | “The 4th Wave” | Lief | LINK
Selina Miles | “Martha” | LINK
Senain Kheshgi | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “Searching For Home” | LINK
Sophia Banks | “Unregistered” | LINK
Sonejuhi Sinha (written + produced by Charlotte Rabate) | “Stray Dolls” | LINK
Tani Ikeda | Tribeca Studios and 23andMe, “Katey + Amanda” | LINK



The following examples of commercialsbranded contentshort films, and music videos were directed by directors from our database and released in April 2019.

Remember – this is a curated selection of the work released in April. If you are a Free The Bid director, please be sure to contact us about your work before our next Here’s The Work deadline (Friday, May 24th) in order to be considered for inclusion in our May newsletter.

See your work on the list? Let’s celebrate! Share across social media – tag us at @FreeTheBid and use the hashtags #FreeTheBid and #HeresTheWork!

Remember! This list is alphabetical, so don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom!





Abbie Stephens | Tropicana | AMVBBDO | Blink | LINK 
Alison Roberto | Netflix | Size Matters | Brick, Mortar & Co | LINK 
Angie Bird | Proof Alliance | Colle McVoy, 10 Thousand Design, Exponent PR | Chelsea | LINK 
B. Monét | Crate & Barrel | Preacher | Unicorns & Unicorns | LINK 
Belén Gayán | Mowi | The Cyranos | Agosto | LINK  
Bethan Seller | Royal Bank Of Scotland | The Leith Agency | Greenroom Films | INTERVIEW
Camila Zapiola | Sixt | AndRising | Bold | LINK
Chloé Wallace | BecoAllergy | CANADA | LINK
Cloe Bailly | Palais de Tokyo | BETC | Caviar | LINK 
Corinna Coco Winter | Develey | Supermonaco | Victor Film | LINK 
Dana Boulos | Farfetch | BrainFreeze Production | INTERVIEW
Diana Kunst | Tous, “Stay Tender” | LOLA MullenLowe/Barcelona | LINK
Director KitGale MaimaneJeana Theron | Edgars | VML | Darling Films | INTERVIEW



Ginesta | Violeta by Mango | McCann | Blur | LINK 
India Sleem | Gap | Black Dog | LINK  
Iwona Bielecka | South Africa | Ogilvy London | TwinFilm | LINK 
Jam Patel | GHD | Bespoke Banter | LINK
Jeanne Kopeck | ABC’s The Bachelorette | Mrs. K | LINK 
Jeanne Kopeck | Animal Planet, “Dark Waters” | Mrs. K | LINK
Jess Kohl | Facebook US | Mutt Industries | PRETTYBIRD | INTERVIEW
Jessica Edwards | Aquaphor | Evoke | Cutter Productions | LINK
JJ Adler | | CP+B | m ss ng p eces | LINK
Julie | Polaroid, “The Cat in the Bag” | LINK 
Karla Braun | Netflix, “The Society” Teaser | LINK
Katya Bankowsky | NY Knicks | Swerve Films | LINK
Kathryn Bigelow | AT&T | BBDO | Smuggler | LINK



Katie Bell | Butcher’s Pet Food | Mad Cow, PSONA Films | LINK
Kristyna Archer | GE |  Vayner Media | LINK
Kylie Matulick & Todd Mueller | Travel Oregon | Wieden + Kennedy Portland | Psyop | LINK
Lauren Chengan | IEC XSE Campaign Series | Six Fingaz Media, The Make Beautiful Agency| Osu Creative Production | LINK
Lauren Midwinter | Tesco | Little Dot Studios | LINK
Leilani Croucher | Hyundai Australia | Innocean Worldwide | Revolver/ Will O’Rourke | LINK
Los Pérez | Peroni Nastro Azzurro | mono | Caviar | LINK 
Lotje Sodderland | The Stroke Association | AMV BBDO | Lief | LINK 
Lucy Bridger | Refuge | BBH | Black Sheep Studios | LINK
Luisa Kracht | Orange Leo Burnett Madrid | Agosto | LINK 
Mariana Cobra | Avon | J.Walter Thompson | Conspiração | LINK 
Mary Dauterman | Uber Eats | Armada | LINK 
Mechi López | Villavicencio | RGII | Tronco | LINK



Mechi López | Inspirational Fest | Mr. Freeman | Playful | LINK
Meja Shoba | Ubank | Storyboard Productions | LINK 
Raine Allen Miller | Nike Japan | Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo | Somesuch | LINK
Radical Friend | Superdry | Mother/London | Partizan | LINK
Radical Friend | KFC UK | Mother London | Partizan | LINK  
Sara Dunlop | Cadbury | VCCP London | Rattling Stick | LINK 
Tiffany Frances | Dia&Co | Quirk Creative | LINK  
Trish Sie | Marshall’s | Leo Burnett USA | Bob Industries | LINK
Zandi Tisani | Nando’s | M&C Saatchi Abel | Arcade Content | LINK 
Zoé Pelchat | Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon | Cossette QC | Cinélande | LINK





Ani Simon-Kennedy | Planned Parenthood | LINK 
Carrie Stett | Ford, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” | Washington Square Films | LINK 
Christelle De Castro | Nike | IMG Lens | LINK
Emma Tomelty | Joslin – Portrait ’19 Winter Collection | LINK
Jennifer Sheridan | Dewar’s, “FOUR” | LINK  
Laura Sicouri | Roger Vivier | Bonjour Paris | Egalité.tv | LINK  
Lauren Midwinter | The Sunday Times Style | LINK
Loren Denis | EA Sports / Fifa | Superprime | LINK
Molly Schiot | Med Men, “Behind the Scenes: New Normal” | LINK 
Quinn Wilson | Chanel | CYN, “Terrible Ideas” | Good Company | LINK 
Sheila Johansson | Selam AW19 | New Land | LINK 
Stacey Nash | LSU Foundation BVK | Circle Pictures | LINK
Peyton Wilson | Cisco | Ogilvy | Bullitt Branded | LINK
Tamar Levine | Radio Disney | Fictitious | LINK 
Zoë le Ber | Villa Noailles, Festival de Hyères | Psycho | LINK




Alicia J. Rose | Queer Documentary Festival (QDOC Portland) | LINK    
Alicia MacDonald | “The Last Supper” | Missing Link Films | LINK 
Bex Schwartz | YouTube Originals, “Cobra Kai” | CAUSE+EFFECT | LINK
Bola Ogun | “Are We Good Parents?” | LINK 
Clara Tägström | National Geographic | B-Reel Films | Scandinavia | LINK
Femke Huurdeman | “Must be Strong” | CANADA | INTERVIEW
Lily Baldwin | “Quick Slice” | Lief | LINK
Sarah Prinz | “We Were Stuck Being Only Human” | LINK 
Samantha Severin | NOWNESS, “BLUE” | INTERVIEW






Adi Halfin | Kris Kelly, “Birthplace” | Lief, ZOA Films | LINK
Ally Pankiw | The Beaches, “Snake Tongue” | LINK
Ashleigh Jadee, Sanjo Omosa | Kida Kudz, “Jiggy Bop” | LINK 
Charlene Bagcal | Eva,”Venacava” | REMA | LINK 
Danielle Boyd | Highclass Hoodlums, “Platinum Dream” | LINK
Devin Febbroriello | Heather Woods Broderick, “I Try” | Serpent Power Productions | LINK
Diana Kunst, Mau Morgó | Madonna, Maluma, “Medellin” | Object & Animal | LINK
Diana Kunst, Mau Morgó | James Blake, Rosalía, “Barefoot In The Park” | Object & Animal | INTERVIEW
Giraffe Studios | Bleached, “Shitty Ballet” | LINK 
Giraffe Studios | Bleached, “Hard To Kill” | LINK  
Hannah Lux Davis | Ciara, “Thinkin Bout You” | London Alley | LINK  
Kailee McGee | French Vanilla, “All The Time” | LINK 
Kristin Stubberud | samū, ” Show Me Love” | LINK
Larin Sullivan | Romy, “No Audience” | Trinket Films | LINK
Lyla Rose | Spud Cannon “Runaway Strays” | LINK
Tash Tung | Meduza ft. Goodboys, “Piece Of Your Heart” | Believe Media | LINK



You made it!

Feeling creatively refreshed? Sing it loud and proud – share your favorite director’s work far and wide, tell a friend, and most importantly, HIRE THESE QUEENS!

See you for another dose in May!