FILM
FINISHING
FUND

Promising women-directed films are awarded grants enabling them to complete production, going on to gain distribution and win top awards.

SELECTED GRANTEES

2019 FILM FINISHING FUND APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

The next grant cycle for the Film Finishing Fund will be held in Spring 2020. Grantees will be announced by 12/31.

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.

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Women In Film Finishing Fund proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

If you have questions about the Fund after reading the guidelines above, or for WIF Member Discount Codes, contact Program Coordinator Angel Hunter at ahunter@wif.org.

2019 DEADLINES:

  • Early Bird deadline is May 31 (WIF Members $55, Non-Members $80)
  • Regular deadline is June 23 (WIF Members $75, Non-Members $100)
  • Late deadline is July 14 (WIF Members $125, Non-Members $150)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT FROM WOMEN IN FILM ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 2PM PDT, FRIDAY, JULY 12. For support over the weekend, please contact FilmFreeway.

  • Recipients notified December 31st

The next grant cycle for the Film Finishing Fund will be held in Spring 2020.

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PAST PROGRAMS

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.

2018 WOMEN IN FILM FINISHING FUND WINNERS

Stella Artois Grants

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DECADE OF FILE
Directed by Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vázquez
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END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK
Directed by Shannon Kring
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ROOTING FOR ROONA
Directed by Pavitra Chalam & Ashkay Shankar
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SANTUARIO
Directed by Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane

Narrative Film Feature

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THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN
Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn
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THE PLANTERS
Directed by Alexandra Kotcheff & Hannah Leder
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UNA GREAT MOVIE
Directed by Jennifer Sharp

Documentary Feature Films

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HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY
Directed by Leslie Tai
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LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES
Directed by Suzanne Kai