Film Finishing Fund

The application for the 2016 Film Finishing Fund has closed

Film Finishing Fund Grantees will be announced November 2016.

WIF Members can contact info@wif.org about any inquiries.

If you have questions about the fund after reading the guidelines here, contact program coordinator Lauren Byrd at lbyrd@wif.org.

 

Women In Film Finishing Fund at Tribeca 2016

Four Women In Film grantees premiered their films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. You can meet 2011 grantee Kristi Zea, 2015 grantee Christine Turner, 2015 grantee Deb Shoval, and 2015 Grantee and winner of Tribeca’s Best New Narrative Director Priscilla Anany below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres — narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply, and we encourage applications from around the world. Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their film.

Film Finishing Fund grants are given out annually.

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Film Finishing Fund grants!

When I received the e-mail, I literally rubbed my eyes (I was still on my first coffee) because I couldn’t believe it. For one, it is the first grant we have been awarded; and for another, this was the one I really wanted. Women in Film is the epitome of the ‘atta girl’–and there was no better time for me to hear it than that day, less than a month after losing my co-director and partner to a terrible car accident. The grant is a distillation of encouragement and approval from an organization and membership that I eminently respect. And now we can finish the film.

—Michele Mitchell, director of Finishing Fund winner The Uncondemned

The 2015 Women In Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films

 AWOL
Directed by Deb Shoval
First Annual $25,000 Grant supported by Tiffany & Co.

Children of the Mountain
Directed, written, and produced by Priscilla Anany

Godless
Directed by Ralitza Petrova/Produced by Rossitsa Valkanova

Documentary Feature Films

Black Ballerina
Directed and produced by Frances McElroy

A Revolution in Four Seasons
Directed and produced by Jessie Deeter

So Help You God
Directed and produced by Ashley York

The Uncondemned
Directed and produced by Michele Mitchell

Short Films

Lacrimosa
Directed, written, and produced by Tanja Mairitsch

You Can Go
Directed by Christine Turner

 

See complete Press Release

 

The Women In Film Finishing Fund is a highly respected grant program that has awarded millions in cash and in-kind services to over two hundred films from countries all over the globe. The Fund supports exceptional projects and unique stories by or about women.

Fund recipients’ films have won many major awards including Emmy® and Academy Awards® and have screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, LA Film Festival, Vancouver, AFI Fest, Tribeca, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin, Avignon, Dubai, and Chicago. They have also aired nationally on HBO, PBS, OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), Showtime and internationally on European, Asian, and Australian television channels.

Three of 2015’s grant recipients premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival: AWOLChildren of the Mountain, and You Can Go. Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain, won the award for Best New Narrative Director. 2015 grantee The Uncondemned will at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival June 2016.

Among the nine 2014 grantees were Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In, an examination of how we raise boys in America that premiered at Sundance this year. In 2014 WIF also funded I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, a tale based on true events about the first Yemeni child bride ever to file for divorce. Nojoom received the Best Fiction Feature award at the Dubai International Film Festival. The 2012 grantee, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs received a Peabody Award last April.

2014

  • I Am Nojoom, Age Ten and Divorced, Khadija Al Salami (Writer/Director), Narrative Feature
  • Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood, Pamela Tom (Writer/Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Writer/Director/Producer), Jessica Anthony (Producer), Jessica Congdon (Writer), Documentary Feature
  • Driving with Selvi, Elisa Paloschi (Director), Documentary Feature
  • Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home, Julie Hera DeStefano (Director), Documentary Feature
  • Hardy, Natasha Verma (Director), Documentary Feature
  • Children of Giant, Evelyn Galan (Producer), Carolyn Pfeiffer (Executive Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Zoetrope, Margaret Singer (Director/Actor), Narrative Short
  • A Classy Broad, Anne Goursaud (Director/Producer/Editor), Documentary Feature

2013

  • The Bravest, The Boldest, Pelin Uzay, Narrative Short
  • Dukhtar, Afia Nathaniel (Writer/Director/Producer), Narrative Feature
  • The Factory Girl, Mohamed Samir (Producer), Narrative Feature
  • LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, Julianna Brannum (Director/Producer), Documentary Featured
  • The Last One, Nadine Licostie (Director), Documentary Feature
  • Mia, A Dancer’s Odyssey, Maria Ramas (Producer/Writer/Co-Director), Kate Johnson (Co-Director/Editor/Animation/Motion Graphics), Documentary Feature
  • Spies of Mississippi, Dawn Porter (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature

2012

  • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Barbara Attie (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • The Etymology of Zero, Katie May (Writer/Co-Producer), Liz Anderson (Producer/Voice Talent), Narrative Short
  • Good Ol’ Freda, Kathy McCabe (Producer), Ryan White (Director), Documentary Feature
  • Hava Nagila, Roberta Grossman (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Josh (Against the Grain), Iram Parveen Bilal (Director/Writer/Producer), Narrative Feature
  • Brave Miss World, Cecilia Peck (Director/Producer), Inbal Lessner (Producer/Editor), Documentary Feature
  • Out in the Night, Blair Doroshwalther (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Regarding Susan Sontag, Nancy Kates (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Yema, Antonin Dedet (Producer), Narrative Feature

2011

  • Ability: A Film Portrait of Judy Finelli, Lisa Denker, Documentary Feature
  • Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, Kristi Zea, Documentary Feature
  • Future Weather, Jenny Deller, Narrative Feature
  • I Am Nasrine, Tina Gharavi, Narrative Feature
  • Kusama: Princess of Polka Dots, Heather Lenz, Karen Johnson, Documentary Feature
  • Naked, Roynn Lisa Simmons, Documentary Feature
  • Seeking Asian Female, Debbie Lum, Allison Sargent, Documentary Feature
  • Zergüt, Natasha Subramaniam, Alisa Lapidus, Narrative Short

2010

  • America, Frances Lausel, Narrative Feature
  • Circumstance, Karin Chien, Narrative Feature
  • Crime After Crime, Yoav Potash, Documentary Feature
  • Habibi Rasak Kharban, Susan Youssef, Narrative Feature
  • My So-Called Enemy, Lisa Gossels, Documentary Feature
  • Twiga Stars: Tanzania’s Soccer Sisters, Nisha Ligon, Documentary Feature
  • Whakatiki, Melissa Dodds, Narrative Short

2009

  • Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale, Marilyn Ness, Documentary Feature
  • Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, Lilly Rivlin, Documentary Feature
  • The House of Spirit, Weimin Zhang, Documentary Feature
  • Torey’s Distraction, Tisha Blood, Documentary Feature
  • War Don Don, Rebecca Richman Cohen, Documentary Feature
  • What’s on Your Plate, Catherine Gund, Documentary Feature
  • Woman Rebel, Kiran Deol, Documentary Feature
  • Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Aviva Kempner, Documentary Feature

2008

  • The Legend of Pancho Barnes, Amanda Pope and Nicholas Sparks, Documentary Feature
  • Angel in the Hood, Lonnie Lardner, Documentary Feature
  • Girls on the Wall, Heather Ross, Documentary Feature
  • Travels with My Dad, Jessica Gerstle, Documentary Feature
  • Do No Harm, Rebecca Schanberg, Documentary Feature
  • Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Roberta Grossman, Documentary Feature

2007

  • Golden Gloves, Leyla Leidecker, Documentary Feature
  • The Daring Project, Becky Smith, Documentary Feature
  • Beyond Belief, Beth Murphy, Documentary Feature
  • Still Waiting: Life After Katrina, Ginny Martin, Kate Brown (Co-Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Praying with Lior, Ilana Trachtman, Documentary Feature
  • Freeheld, Cynthia Wade, Documentary Short
  • Tea and Justice, Ermena Vinlaun, Documentary Feature
  • Holler Back, Lulu Fries’dat, Documentary Feature
  • Racing Daylight, Nicole Quinn, Narrative Feature
  • The Breast Cancer Diaries, Linda Pattillo, Documentary Feature

2006

  • Hellen Keller Had it Easy, Lisa Olivieri, Documentary Feature
  • Out of the Poison Tree, Beth Pielert, Documentary Feature
  • Belle Yang: In a New Country, Terri DeBono, Documentary Short
  • American Blackout, Anastasia King, Kate Brown (Co-Producer), Documentary Feature
  • Women Behind the Camera, Alexis Krasilovsky, Documentary Feature
  • A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, Esther Robinson, Documentary Feature
  • View From a Grain of Sand, Meena Nanji, Documentary Feature
  • The End of Silence, Erin Faith Young, Narrative Feature
  • Doc, Immy Humes, Documentary Feature
  • Encounter Point, Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha, Documentary Feature
  • Run, Granny, Run, Marlo Poras, Documentary Feature

2005

  • Bloom, Rosie Vargas Goldberg, Narrative Feature
  • We Also Dance, Nancy Stevens, Documentary Feature
  • Rosita, Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Documentary Feature
  • A Question of Guilt, Melissa Mummert, Documentary Feature
  • Absolutely Safe, Carol Ciancutti, Documentary Feature
  • One Balloon, Aruna Naimji, Aram Hekinian, Narrative Short
  • Beautiful Sin, Gabriela Quiros, Documentary Feature
  • No. 6 (formerly Slaved), Robin Larsen, Narrative Short
  • At Home in Utopia, Michal Goldman, Documentary Feature

2004

  • Picture Me an Enemy, Nathalie Applewhite, Documentary Short
  • Sisters/Resisters/Lovers/Others, Barbara Hammer, Documentary Feature
  • Stolen: The Search for the Lost Vermeer, Rebecca Dreyfus, Documentary Feature
  • Rene and I, Zeva Oelbaum, Documentary Feature
  • Commune, Rena Mundo, Documentary Feature
  • Siberian Dream, Janet Gardner, Documentary Feature
  • Rats and Bullies, Roberta McMillan, Documentary Feature
  • Turtle Island Wars, Lisa B. Thomas, Documentary Feature
  • Duck, Nic Bettauer, Narrative Feature
  • Joyce to the World, Fritzi Horstman, Documentary Feature