The Female Factory is a collection of female-focused writers, producers, directors and innovators, delivering content from the front lines of feminism.
Founded by Christel Cornilsen, because the patriarchy won't smash itself.
because the patriarchy won't smash itself. Founded by Christel Cornilsen, check back soon for our 2018 launch.
The Female Factory is focused on delivering ideas from the frontline of feminism.
a production company and think tank that creates and produces films, documentaries, virtual and augmented realities and more.
The Female Factory is a media-focused think tank from the front lines of feminism.
Originally from Australia, Christel is a Los Angeles based documentary filmmaker, producer and director dedicated to innovative storytelling and commercially viable content. She has filmed across five continents and nine languages, capturing compelling images and powerful stories.
While completing her BA in Communication: Writing & Cultural Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, and studying International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster, UK, she developed a human rights organization currently operating in India.
She has produced or directed various documentaries, unscripted television shows and docu-commercials. Her most recent work includes directing feature documentary Groundwork (post-prod 2016) in Malawi, Africa, and story producing unscripted TV show Hollywood Divas (S3).
Christel began her career by working as a camera assistant on feature films and TV programs such as Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and eventually camera operating for projects such as Fusion TV's feature documentary Sam Simon: Rebel with a Cause and more.
She has also managed or coordinated commercial productions for demanding agencies and global brands such as Honda, DOLBY, CinemaCon and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.
Christel's first experience as a documentary filmmaker was at 17, when she intentionally set off to Zimbabwe, Kenya and Egypt, to explore complex cultural practices concerning thr rights of women and girls.
Her work for non-profit organization LIDE Haiti recently aired on Upworthy, reaching over 100k views in 24hrs which raised thousands for girls' empowerment and education in Haiti.
and production managed commercials. productions Christel began her career in Hollywood by working as a camera assistant on projects such as Discovery's Through the Wormhole with Morgan and eventually camera operating on projects such as feature documentary Sam Simon: Rebel with a Cause.
While completing her degree in writing and documentary film, she developed a human rights organization currently operating in India.
Her past experience assisting/operating camera on commercials, TV programs, feature films and documentaries, has enhanced her creativity as a technically informed producer and director from pre through to post production
Originally from Australia, Christel is a Los Angeles based director, producer and documentary filmmaker committed to innovative storytelling, disruptive programming and commercially viable content. An avid traveler, Christel's passion for filmmaking has led her to film across five continents and nine languages. She has worked extensively throughout Africa, India and Europe, capturing compelling images and empowering stories from the slums of Kolkata to rural tribes in Zimbabwe.
She was recently the Director/DP of feature documentary Groundwork which she shot in Malawi, following the lives of at-risk youth from Detroit learning to survive in a destitute, rural African village.
Her work for LIDE Haiti recently aired on Upworthy, reaching over one hundred thousand views in just 24hrs which raised tens of thousands of dollars for girls' empowerment and education in Haiti.
Christel is currently producing a feature documentary following military mercenaries turned armed anti-poaching unit, risking their lives to protect the lives of at-risk elephants in sub-saharan Africa.
Christel began her career in Hollywood by working as a camera assistant on projects such as Discovery's Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman as well as the official White House Joining Forces campaign with Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Oprah. She has camera assisted various multi-million dollar feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercials. She is proficient in operating digital cameras ARRI Alexa, Red Epic/Dragon, Sony A7s, Canon C300/DSLR
Christel has directed and shot various docu-commercial and music video content for Upworthy, Sea Shepherd, Scissor Sisters, Real D, LIDE Haiti, WIE and more.
Christel's first experience as a documentary filmmaker was at 17, when she intentionally set off to Zimbabwe, Kenya and Egypt, to explore the cultural practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
After growing up in Australia, Christel moved to Los Angeles the day after she graduated with a BA in Communication: Writing & Cultural Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. She also studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster, London.
She gained initial technical training at camera house Birns and Sawyer before being mentored by world renowned cinematographer Bill Bennett, ASC who has greatly guided her filmmaking morale.
From 2007, Christel traveled back and forth to Kolkata, India where she helped develop the nonprofit organization VITAL For Children, of which she was project director in London and Kolkata. She gained intensive experience working in the field with partner organizations Child In Need Institute, Child Rights and You (CRY) and Hope Child on projects for street and slum children.
In 2008, Christel was awarded the UTS Human Rights Award for Women. The award recognized her work in the humanitarian sector, and independent documentary work throughout India and in Africa. She represented Australia as at the United Nations Global Young Leaders Conference in 2005, the Intervarsity Summit of Australia's Role in Ending Extreme Poverty in 2008 and spoke on the Make Poverty History filmmakers panel for Buffalo Girls at the 2012 Australian Human Rights Film Festival.
Topics of power and powerlessness have often been the core driving force of Christel's work.