ShatterBox Anthology, a digital short film series announced today by Refinery29, “provides emerging female filmmakers the support and continued opportunity to realize their visions and reach new audiences.” With creative support from Sundance Institute, the yearlong collaboration will consist of 12 shortform films created by female directors, writers and animators. The series will run monthly on Refinery29 beginning this spring.
Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny will headline the initiative with her directorial debut of the short film Kitty. Adapted from Paul Bowles’ short story, Kitty follows a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten and finds herself transformed into one.
In addition, independent producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler will support the program in an advisory role. They will help Refinery29 identify promising talent to write and direct projects for the program, as well as evaluate projects in consideration.
Refinery29’s growing lineup of original programming includes a roster of female-led productions such as The Skinny, created by Jessie Kahnweiler in collaboration with Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, and Rebecca Odes of Wifey.TV, which premieres at Sundance this month; A Woman’s Place: The Frontlines Of Feminism, created in partnership with We Are the XX co-founders Kassidy Brown and Allison Rapson and executive produced by Lauren Zalaznick, Directors Advisory Board member for Sundance Institute; and Her Shorts, a series of short films created in partnership with Planned Parenthood told through a comedic or dramatic lens, focusing on reproductive and sexual health issues.