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Developed by award-winning nonprofit Made In Her Image in partnership with film-industry leader Panavision and its subsidiaries Light Iron and LEE Filters, The Catalyst Cohort is a three-month program designed to educate, empower, and elevate the next generation of women and non-binary professionals of color behind the camera.


Designed for emerging young filmmakers who share a passion for the creative and technical craft of bringing moving images to life onscreen, this free educational series is open to a limited number of mentees who will be selected based on their applications. From April through June, the cohort of mentees will gather virtually for a series of three classes taught by instructors from the Panavision Group. Each class will be followed by a mentorship session led by a range of industry professionals who work on set and in post and reflect the mentees’ dedication to knowledge and advocacy within their respective fields. 


At Made In Her Image and the Panavision Group, we share this commitment: To provide education and mentorship as we work to realize a truly equitable industry. This is the movement. This is the moment.


The Catalyst Cohort will offer mentees an engaging look at modern motion-picture technology and workflows balanced with a discussion of how artists can leverage those tools to realize their creative vision. Led by experienced representatives from the Panavision Group, the three educational sessions will guide students through the image-making process on set and in post, beginning with the light source and ending with the final color grade. 


Each educational session will be followed a few days later by a mentorship session that will reinforce the topics covered in class while allowing more time for the mentees to ask questions and engage with mentors from a variety of career paths in production and post. 

Together, the educational and mentorship sessions will strengthen mentees’ skill sets, expand their knowledge of industry practices, and broaden their network of contacts throughout the business. 


Following the completion of the three educational and three mentorship sessions, the program will conclude with a final session to celebrate the mentees’ completion of the course, allow them another opportunity to ask questions of the program’s instructors and mentors, and encourage them to hold onto this community and lift one another up as they continue on their career journeys.

Session Dates for 2021: April 1, April 3, May 6, May 8, June 3, June 5, June 12

Acceptance into The Catalyst Cohort will gain you: 

  • Access to a diverse community of peers, experienced representatives from Panavision, Light Iron, and LEE Filters, and motion-picture professionals working in a variety of careers related to cinematography, production, and post production.

  • Early access to additional grant opportunities presented by MIHI x Panavision.   

  • A Panavision certificate of completion reflective of the curriculum.


Q: Who can apply?

A: This program is open to women and non-binary identifying persons of color between 16 and 25 years of age who are aspiring to or have recently begun a career in the motion-picture industry.


Q: Is this course only for aspiring cinematographers? 

A: While the curriculum has a particular focus on cinematography and the creative imaging chain from set to screen, the information presented and community created would also be beneficial to up-and-coming directors, producers, and post-production professionals. 


Q: Will this be in-person or online?

A: All sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom.


Q: When will the sessions actually occur? 

A: April 1, April 3, May 6, May 8, June 3, June 5, June 12. Each educational session will occur on a Thursday evening, and the corresponding mentorship session will occur the following Saturday, during the day. Exact times are still being determined.


Q: How long are the sessions?

A: Each educational session will be 90 minutes, comprising approximately 60 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of class interaction. Each mentorship session will be 60 minutes.


Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is no cost to apply, and if you’re selected to join the cohort of mentees, there is no cost to participate. Made In Her Image and the Panavision Group are committed to eliminating the barriers to entry for those who have traditionally been excluded by or underrepresented in the motion-picture industry.


Q: How do I apply? 

A: Applications are currently closed. Submit a completed application prior to the application deadline, March 16. As part of the application, be prepared to submit an up-to-date résumé, a personal statement, and, if available, samples of your work.


Q: Does submitting an application guarantee a spot in the cohort?

A: No. Once the application period has closed, the Made In Her Image x Panavision team will review all applications and select 25 mentees to participate in the cohort.


Q: When does the application period close? 

A: The deadline to submit your completed application is March 16. 


Q: How will I know whether or not I have been selected as a mentee?

A: All applicants will be contacted via email by the end of March and informed of whether or not they will be a part of the cohort.


Q: Are there any technical requirements to participate?

A: Participating mentees will need access to a device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) with online access for participating in the educational and mentorship sessions (via Zoom) and accessing supplemental information and coursework (via Google Classroom). 


Q: Will this program be offered again? 

A: Yes! If you aren’t able to apply at this time, stay tuned for additional opportunities in the future. And if you apply now but are not selected for this initial cohort, we encourage you to apply again. 


In June 2020, Made In Her Image announced an expanded partnership with Panavision, its post-production company Light Iron, and its gels, diffusions, and filters manufacturer LEE Filters. Panavision committed its company-wide educational resources to supporting Made In Her Image’s educational curriculum. Additionally, Panavision, Light Iron, and LEE Filters will be donating over $100,000 in equipment and services to assist the young filmmakers of Made In Her Image in bringing their films to life. The organizations also partnered for “Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry,” a roundtable discussion that addressed inequities within the motion-picture industry through the lens of women of color behind the camera.


Founded in 2018, Made In Her Image is an award winning non-profit movement 501(c)3 striving towards social equity in the fields of STEM, film, media and entertainment. We serve young girls, non-binary youths and women of color through curated and inclusive programming designed to empower through technology and education. With our programming we provide workshops, camps, incubators and elevated online learning experiences towards creating the next generation of storytellers. We are creating the next generation of film revolutionaries and our mission is to produce #1000FILMS by the year 2025. Visit for more information on upcoming events and ways to support the mission.


Panavision is the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions that power the creative vision of filmmakers. Panavision’s comprehensive offerings include unparalleled optics, proprietary camera and lighting systems, and state-of-the-art post-production services. Driven by a passion for collaborative innovation, Panavision provides the content-creation industry with the highest standard of quality and service.   


Panavision’s portfolio includes the renowned brands Light Iron, Panalux, LEE Filters, Direct Digital and Island Studios. For more information and locations worldwide, visit


Light Iron, a Panavision company, is widely recognized as a technological leader and artistic partner in end-to-end production and post solutions. Filmmakers, studios, creatives and technologists rely on Light Iron’s expertise to deliver progressive digital workflows, from dailies and data management to final color and media archive services. With offline rental spaces and facilities across North America with remote capabilities, Light Iron specializes in being nimble to serve the unique needs of feature film and episodic projects. Discover more at


Since 1967, LEE Filters has maintained a market leading position as the world’s manufacturer of lighting gels and professional photographic filters, designed for the B2B entertainment and B2C photographic markets. Ongoing R&D and extensive product testing have kept the company at the forefront of new technologies, adapting to the ever-changing needs of photographers, cinematographers, and lighting designers. 


LEE Filters is part of Panavision’s portfolio of renowned brands. Learn more at

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