As part of the 100-year tradition of Provincetown as America’s oldest art colony, the Women’s Residency Program allows established women-identifying filmmakers from around the world who have had films in PIFF 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.

Past Residents


Rani Deighe Crowe is a writer, director, actor, filmmaker, teacher, and collaborative interdisciplinary artist. Rani’s short films, Beautiful Eyes, Texting: A Love Story, and Heather Has Four Moms have screened at festivals around the world. Her feature screenplay, The Three Quarters, won Honorable Mention at the Women’s Independent Film Festival. She collaborated on a dance/theater creation in French and English, Les Jeux D’Amour, performed at the Aronoff Center as part of Cincinnati Contemporary Dance Theater’s Choreographers Without Companies show. She collaborated with Johnstone New Music Foundation and members of the Columbus Symphony on a dance/theater/music production of the Stravinsky/ Kurt Vonnegut version of A Soldier’s Tale. Her six volume multi media installation of The Spoon River Anthology was part of Migiwa Orimo’s Telephone Booth Project, a finalist for the International Public Art Award. Her solo performance work includes her Julia Child site specific comic character, and the multimedia The New Woman Gets A Room of Her Own: a Performance Lecture with Hats. Rani holds a BA in Theater/Dance from Antioch College and an MFA in Film, Ohio University. She currently is an Assistant Professor at Ball State University.


Emily Hubley has been making short animated films for decades. Her feature, The Toe Tactic was developed at the Sundance Film Labs and premiered theatrically at the Museum of Modern Art. Her newest short, Brainworm Billy, was made with her son, Max Rosenthal and screened at the Montclair and Provincetown Film Festivals and at BAM. Other recent projects include Dear Trump Voter, an on-line segment for Robert Reich/Inequality Media and animation for documentaries, Love and Stuff and Motian in Motion. She has provided animation for many other films including Blue Vinyl, Danny Says and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. A daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley, Emily worked on Faith’s films at The Hubley Studio, Inc. from 1977 to 2001. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film and she has been an AMPAS member since 2012.


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.


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 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 is an American film director and screenwriter, whose debut film CONCUSSION premiered at the 2013 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.




We are pleased to honor Yichi Chen with the Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Mentorship Award. Chen is a graduate student at Emerson College whose first film The Outsiders depicting bullying among teenagers in school was nominated for the Golden Harvest Awards in Taiwan. Her short film We Need to Talk About the Ring examines the social transition under the new same sex laws in Taiwan and offers unique insight into the differences between the treatment of the queer community in the U.S. and in her homeland. Chen says, “I believe that the essence of film is to explore the diverse experiences of people’s lives. Therefore, I devote myself to creating works that portrays the life of ordinary people and convey their voices by restoring their reality through my art.

Founded by the Conte family of Andover, MA to honor Provincetown Film Society’s Board President, Anthony Lawson, for his contributions in educating and mentoring high school students, the program is open to LGBTQ-identifying students who are enrolled in a Massachusetts-based college or university; between the ages of 18 and 24 at the time of application; pursuing a degree in film production, programming or is film related.


Sponsored by Anthony Tannous
L-R: Deus Kiriisa, Tim McCarthy, and Pepe Julian Onziema

The Tim McCarthy LGBTQ International Scholarship Program honors the legacy of our longtime friend and festival archivist whose passion for storytelling was equal to his dedication and support for social justice. Each year, the festival will award scholarships to international youth of color to attend the festival and connect with mentors and advisors who will nurture and support the artists ambitions. This mentorship program is just one of a growing number of scholarships offered by the Provincetown Film Society that focus on preparing the next generation of LGBTQ voices for this rewarding but complex industry. This year’s recipients are Pepe Julian Onziema and Deus Kiriisa from Uganda whom Tim met working with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).

The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program

Ash Christian

The Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program is an annual residency and filmmaking program for LGBTQ youth that will take place in Provincetown, MA, America’s oldest arts colony, a gay mecca for diversity and inclusion, and home to the Provincetown Film Festival, where Ash’s work was showcased and celebrated throughout his distinguished career. In 2015, Ash joined the Provincetown Film Society Advisory Board and gave generously of his time and talents while calling upon his vast connections to organize an annual film financing forum for diverse projects  and serving as a mentor to dozens of emerging filmmakers. 

The design of the Ash Christian Shorts Filmmaking Program was in fact, a program that Ash was working on upon his untimely death. Now, it is being made possible with the support of Ash’s friends and colleagues.