celebrating the achievements of women and minority directors

2017 was a banner year for women and minority filmmakers: films like Lady Bird, Get Out, First They Killed My Father, Mudbound and Wonder Woman received phenomenal critical praise and box office success… and yet, they were overlooked by award show jurors. The “Best Director” category at this year’s Golden Globes unceremoniously snubbed Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins and many more talented artists. So, just before the Golden Globes we are planning to flood social media platforms with messages celebrating these amazing filmmakers – and giving people a chance to vote for their favorite female or minority director. Join the conversation using the hashtag #GoldenRobes


Thursday January 4th

6am EST: #GoldenRobes voting opens. Cast your vote here. Spread the word with our Thunderclap campaign: join our Thunderclap


Friday January 5th

Twitter party! Share messages on Twitter about your favorite female / minority directors using the hashtag #GoldenRobes – and encourage your friends to vote for their favorite director and to share our Thunderclap campaign.


Sunday January 7th

3pm EST: Because our campaign surpassed its original goal, our Thunderclap message will be posted from more than 100 social media accounts – with a potential reach of almost 700,000 social media users. We’ll be live-tweeting starting at 2:30pm EST – and we hope to see our #GoldenRobes hashtag trend on Twitter. Join the conversation!


Monday January 8th

6am EST: #GoldenRobes voting closes

10am EST: #GoldenRobes Best Director winner is announced

Meet Our Team

Elena Rossini #GoldenRobes

Elena Rossini


Elena Rossini is an Italian film director, producer, editor and public speaker.

Her latest film project is The Illusionists, a feature-length documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. The film has been featured in Vogue Italy, New York Magazine, Mic, NPR, Fox45 and Teen Vogue, amongst others. Rossini has been taking The Illusionists on tour, showing it at the biggest companies in Silicon Valley (Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter) and at dozens of schools in the United States and Europe (most recently: Harvard University, University of Chicago, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley).

In September 2017, Rossini started #ThisIsWhatAFilmDirectorLooksLike: a series of animated GIFs that aim to increase the visibility of female directors on the online database GIPHY.com.

In addition to these projects, Rossini also works as a freelance director, producer and film editor. Rossini’s most recent collaboration is with Irish toy company Arklu, for the Lottie dolls video campaign “Inspired by Real Kids” – which premiered at InspireFest 2017.

Rossini frequently speaks at international conferences and is a 2014 alumna of the Young Leaders program by the Council for the United States and Italy.

Marley Morrison #GoldenRobes

Marley Morrison


Marley Morrison first began directing music videos in 2013 before writing and directing original short films. Marley's first short, 'Sticks & Stones' was screened at the BFI as part of the Future Film RAW shorts scheme. Marley was then selected by director Amma Asante (Belle) to take part in her directing masterclass 2015.

In 2016 Marley was one of six filmmakers chosen for the Encounters Film Festival, 'Widening The Lens' competition, a scheme that addresses equality and diversity on screen. Here Marley earnt 1st Prize for pitching new short film ‘BABY GRAVY’ which was later chosen as part of Film London's, 'London Calling' scheme and was selected for BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Short film ‘LEROY’ starring Nathan Bryon (Benidorm) was featured on the Kickstarter home page and has gone on to screen at the London Short Film Festival, Asthetica film festival and was nominated for the Iris Prize Festival's Best British short 2017.

Marley's first feature film VIOLETS ARE BLUE was awarded the Film London Microwave Award 2017 and will shoot in Spring 2018.

Marley founded Hazey Jane Films to develop original and thought-provoking content with a focus on Female and Minority stories.

Marley is an active LGBTQ+ activist and regularly talks at panels and events about equality and diversity on screen.

Emma France #GoldenRobes

Emma France

Campaign Strategist

ESG Analyst and co-founder of Lab de L'Education.
Sustainability & #inclusivedesign advocate.
Pierre Lavaux #GoldenRobes

Pierre Lavaux


An advocate for women in the workplace, Pierre Lavaux is a digital entrepreneur who grew companies in the arts and media industries before turning to venture capital.