As part of the 100-year tradition of Provincetown as America’s oldest art colony, the Women’s Residency Program allows women-identifying filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to work in Provincetown during the off-season alongside other artists and writers who use the solitude of the outer Cape Cod area as inspiration for their work.

The Program offers one week or two consecutive-week residencies in Provincetown that includes a small travel stipend, lodging, and roundtrip travel from Boston to Provincetown. Residents can have uninterrupted time to work on any current project or choose to engage with the vibrant community of Provincetown for the exchange of ideas, skills, and experiences. Applications are open year round and available to any filmmaker who has previous had their work exhibited at the Provincetown Film Festival.

“For the three filmmakers who made up the inaugural class of the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute’s residency program for women filmmakers this past spring, the experience produced tangible results as well as those that can’t be measured but are just as important to artists.” Read the complete article from Loren King, Wicked Local Provincetown.

To apply, fill out the application form by clicking here.

Past Residents


Montreal based, Wiebke von Carolsfeld made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker and introducing Ellen Page). The film played at festivals around the world (competition in Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Sydney, Pusan etc), winning many awards including Best First Feature at TIFF and Sudbury, and a nomination for Best Direction from the DGC. Since, Wiebke wrote and directed the documentary Walk With Us as well as STAY, a Canadian/Irish co-production, starring Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn and Barry Keoghan. The film premiered at TIFF, garnered a Best Direction Award from the Emerge Film Festival before opening theatrically both in the US and Canada. Her most recent feature, The Saver, received many nominations (CSA, DGC, WGC), winning Best Screenplay from the Chlotrudis Society in Boston, Best Film at the Greenbay Festival, Best Actress and Supporting Actor at the AIFF. The film was distributed both in the US and Canada. During her recent residency with the Provincetown Film Society, Wiebke developed her new feature: The Last Straw.


Michelle Boyaner is an award-winning Filmmaker whose films include the Documentary features, PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON and A FINISHED LIFE: THE GOODBYE AND NO REGRETS TOUR; Documentary short films HI, YOU’VE REACHED DAVE’S APARTMENT, and TINA PAULINA: LIVING ON HOPE STREET and the narrative shorts, YOU’RE STILL YOUNG and THE BEDWETTER. Prior to her film work, Michelle wrote a popular blog, Live at Lakeridge, and a book of personal essays chronicling her beloved grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, Oh, For God’s Sake Whisper It.  Michelle is currently at work on the Documentary feature, It’s NOT A BURDEN: THE HUMOR AND HEARTACHE OF RAISING ELDERLY PARENTS. She’s also at work on a scripted web series about growing up in the 1970’s in a Southern California suburb, as well as several other new media projects.

shelli ainsworth

Writer/director Shelli Ainsworth is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work in experimental theater and film has earned her national recognition. Her first feature film, STAY THEN GO, has been an official selection in film festivals across the country, as well as the official selection for the Southern Circuit, a highly-regarded touring program. For STAY THEN GO, Ms. Ainsworth received the “Pioneering Women in Screenwriting” award from the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.

jennie livingston

Jennie Livingston is a groundbreaking film maker, known for thoughtful exploration of identity, class, race, death, sex and gender. Her films include PARIS IS BURNING, WHO’S THE TOP? and THROUGH THE ICE. In 2015, PARIS IS BURNING received the Cinema Eye Honors Legacy Award and was honored during the Sundance Collection screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Livingston lives in Brooklyn, NY and was educated at Yale.

Stacie passon

Stacie Passon is an American film director and screenwriter, whose debut film CONCUSSION premiered at the2013 Sundance Film Festival, and won a Teddy Award Jury Prize as an outstanding film about LBGT themes at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. The film garnered two Gotham Nominations, a Spirit Award nomination for Best First Film and won a 2014 GLADD Media award. Passon is an adjunct professor at New York University and Tisch School of the Arts.