Film Finishing Fund

The 2019 Film Finishing Fund submissions will open in April


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 (rough cuts must be uploaded at time of submission). You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply and international submissions are welcome. Please note that student films and television/web pilots are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their projects.

Stella Artois is proud to continue their support of female filmmakers with $100,000 in grant money for the Women In Film Finishing Fund. Stella Artois will provide four $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films that inspire social change, with particular consideration given to films with a water social action theme. There is also a general fund with grants ranging from $1,000-$20,000. The amount of films we select ranges from year to year depending on the submission pool we receive.

Film Finishing Fund grants are given out annually.

Early Bird deadline is May 31, 2019 (WIF Members $55, Non-Members $80)

Regular deadline is June 23, 2019 (WIF Members $75, Non-Members $100)

Late deadline is July 7, 2019. (WIF Members $125, Non-Members $150)

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If you have questions about the fund after reading the guidelines above, or for WIF Member Discount Codes, contact Program Coordinator Melissa Verdugo at


2018 Film Finishing Fund Winners Announced!

Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 17, 2019…Women In Film, Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. The nine grantees were chosen from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts that were submitted from 22 countries.

The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and “in-kind” production services to complete projects that fit the criteria of being by or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry that select the winning films.

“The 2018 grantees tackle some of society’s most pressing issues and work in innovative ways to tell excellent stories that matter,” WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement. “Through the Film Finishing Fund, we are able to support these filmmakers at a crucial moment of their journey to help ensure their voices are heard. We, along with our partners Stella Artois, are proud to support them and look forward to their success.”

For the second year, Stella Artois is awarding four $25,000 grants to fiction and documentary films by women that inspire social change.

“These female filmmakers represent the future of film, which is why we’re so proud that through our partnership with Women in Film we’re able to help them hone their craft and get their work in front of the industry at film festivals across the country,” said Stella Artois vp Lara Krug. “Last year, our Film Finishing Fund grantees highlighted provocative issues at the forefront of culture and conversation, making a splash at some of the country’s most renowned film festivals, and we look forward to celebrating our next round of grantees as they embark on their own festival journey.

Past recipients of the fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions.


Stella Artois Grants

Decade of Fire
Directed by Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vazquez

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock
Directed by Shannon Kring

Rooting for Roona
Directed by Pavitra Chalam & Akshay Shankar

Directed by Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane


Narrative Feature Films

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

The Planters
Directed by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder

Una Great Movie
Directed by Jennifer Sharp


Documentary Feature Films

How to Have an American Baby
Directed by Leslie Tai

Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
Directed by Suzanne Kai


2017 Film Finishing Fund Winners Announced!

Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 8, 2018….Women In Film, Los Angeles today announced the recipients of the 32nd annual Film Finishing Fund. A total of 16 grantees were chosen from 370 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries. Past recipients of the Fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions. The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry who select the winning films.

Said WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer when making the announcement, “One of the ways we achieve gender parity, is by ensuring that female filmmakers have the resources they need to produce excellent work. Women In Film is enormously proud that for 31 years we have enabled talented filmmakers to complete their films and bring their remarkable stories to the world,”

Stella Artois, with whom Women In Film, LA began a partnership in 2017, has expanded their support of female filmmakers by investing in the Finishing Fund for the first time: providing four new $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films by women who are using the power of film to inspire social change. A longstanding supporter of film and its community, Stella Artois hopes to celebrate up-and-coming female filmmakers who are pushing the mission for gender parity in Hollywood forward.

“Stella Artois has long supported filmmakers who are using the power of their craft to impact social change. With these grants, we hope to further underscore our commitment to women in the industry and shine a spotlight on these important/relevant causes,” said Carolyn Zwiener, Brand Director, Stella Artois. “We’re also thrilled to be honoring this year’s winners and their films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival through dedicated events in partnership with Women In Film.”

Women In Film, LA also announced Delta Air Lines as the “Official Airline of Women In Film.” The airline supports WIF’s mission to achieve gender parity in the screen industries and acts on its commitment by providing flights to support WIF programs, including the Film Finishing Fund. Delta’s support of women in the workplace is also evident through its Diversity and Inclusion Council, its women’s business resource groups and its partnership with the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.


Stella Artois Grants

Half the Picture
Directed by Amy Adrion

Nuns on the Bus
Directed by Melissa Regan

Directed by Florencia Krochik

United Skates
Directed and produced by Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler


Narrative Feature Films

Aqui Y Ahora
Directed and written by Paz Leon

Being Impossible
Directed by Patricia Ortega

Directed and written by Nijla Mu’min

Julia Blue
Directed and written by Roxy Toporowych

Directed and written by Christina Choe

Rust Creek
Directed by Jen McGowan


Documentary Feature Films

Blowin’ Up
Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Blue ID
Directed and produced by Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan

The Devil We Know
Directed, written, and produced by Stephanie Soechtig

Tiny Souls
Directed by Dina Naser


Short Films

The Egg and the Thieving Pie
Directed and produced by Lola-Blanche Higgins

Futbolistas 4 Life
Directed by Jun Stinson


2016 Film Finishing Fund Winners Announced!


NOVEMBER, 2016: Women In Film is pleased to announce the recipients of the 31st annual Film Finishing Fund grant program. Over 250 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts were submitted from 22 countries around the world. Past recipients of the Fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions.

The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry who select the winning films.

“Women In Film is enormously proud that for 31 years we have enabled talented women filmmakers to complete their films and helped to bring their remarkable stories to the attention of the world,” said WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer when making the announcement.

The 2016 Women In Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films


Directed, written and produced by Tchaiko Omawale

Band Aid

Directed, written, and produced by Zoe Lister-Jones


Directed and written by Egle Vertelyte

The Darkest Days of Us

Directed and written by Astrid Rondero


Documentary Feature Films

Chavela (previously titled Amor Puro Y Duro)

Directed and produced by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

Unrest (previously titled Canary in a Coal Mine)

Directed and produced by Jennifer Brea

Farida and Gulnaz

Directed by Clementine Malpas

Grit (previously titled Mudflow)

Directed and produced by Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander


Directed and produced by Jordan Bryon

A Suitable Girl (previously titled When A Girl Is Born)

Directed and produced by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra



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.








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

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

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

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

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.


  • I Am Nojoom, Age Ten and Divorced, Khadija Al Salami (Writer/Director), Narrative Feature
  • Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood, Pamela Tom (Writer/Director/Producer), Gwen Wynne (Producer), Tamara Khalaf (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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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