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 commercials, branded content, short 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 films, documentaries, episodic TV, webseries, innovation 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 editors, colorists, composers 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?

Here's 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

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Work Directed By . . .

The following examples of commercials, branded content, short 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 @FreeTheWork and use the hashtags #FreeTheWork 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 Kit, Gale Maimane, Jeana 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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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