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Production Program

This multifaceted program offers support and funding for short-form content, which includes mentoring for writers, directors, creative producers, and line producers, as well as resources to hire women-focused crew.

To be considered to creative work in entertainment it is essential to demonstrate your talent and ability. The Production Program offers critical opportunities and funding for emerging women creators to collaborate on short narrative content of their origination. Writers, directors, creative producers, and line producers who are accepted into the program are provided expert guidance through the process of development and production, with financial and practical support from WIF. Physical production is supported by crews made up of WIF members who also benefit from training, collaboration, and the opportunity to include these professionally produced projects among their credits.

Visibility for the filmmakers is elevated through a public showcase of these short films, presented by WIF with support from the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

Alumnae of the Production Program have gone on to have their work showcased at festivals including Sundance, Venice, Tribeca, SXSW, HotDocs, L.A. Shorts, and more.

Filmmaking Fellows

2019

2018

BFFS

• Writer/Director: Elia Urquiza
• Producer: Elisa Lleras
• Line Producer: Danielle Suarez

BFFS

• Writer/Director: Elia Urquiza
• Producer: Elisa Lleras
• Line Producer: Danielle Suarez

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Your Monster

• Writer/Director: Caroline Lindy
• Producer: Amanda Mortimer
• Line Producer: Alexis Loya

Your Monster

• Writer/Director: Caroline Lindy
• Producer: Amanda Mortimer
• Line Producer: Alexis Loya

Starring Kimiko Glenn, Tommy Dewey, and Scott Michael Foster

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Just a Drill

• Writer/Director: Julianne Donelle
• Producers: Sabrina Stoll and Megan Kay Jordan

Just a Drill

• Writer/Director: Julianne Donelle
• Producers: Sabrina Stoll and Megan Kay Jordan

JUST A DRILL has won Best Director at the Global Impact Film Festival and Female Filmmakers Fuse, Best Drama at Female Voices Rock, and Best Scripted Short at Flicks 4 Change.

Logline:
Determined to follow the rules in an active shooter drill, an overworked teacher in an underfunded classroom battles the impossible choices a leader must make when the drill becomes a horrifying reality.

Cast:
Sally Pressman, Jackson Pace, Zoe Cipres, Michelle Farrah Huang, April Rock

1st A.D.: Arielle Zodak | 2nd A.D.: Monica Polk | Production Coordinator: Tanya Savard | Script Supervisor: Monica Polk | Cinematographer: Carole McClintock | 1st A.C.: Phil Doherty | 2nd A.C.: Luke Sargent | Camera Utility: Tim Vordtriede | Photography: Greg Cohen | Key Grip: Jamie Reed | Best Boy Key Grip: David Goold | Gaffer: Tom Morash | Best Boy Electric: Nick Almanza | Sound: Kevin Santiago | Prop Master: Tasha Moth | Hair & Make-Up: Maria Gomez and T’ai Rising-Moore | Costume Designer: Elena Flores | Production Designer: Sara Kugelmass | Set Decorator: Brenna Thompson | Editor: Arianna Tomasettig | Casting Director: Anna Mayworm | Location Manager: Ossey James | Set P.A.s: Tony Rosenthal, Trevor Slack, Mackenzie Lee

Julianne Donelle Bio:
Julianne Donelle’s award-winning short film, JUST A DRILL, is currently in competition at many film festivals throughout the U.S. including LA Shorts and Santa Fe Independent, winning Best Drama at Female Voices in New York, and Best Scripted Short at Flicks 4 Change. Donelle received Best Director awards at the Female Filmmakers Fuse Festival, and at the Global Impact Festival in Washington, D.C. She created, wrote, and directed the comedic webseries “No Pillowfights,” for which she received a Discovery Award nomination at the Raindance Film Festival in London. With a prominent theatre background, she has directed theatrical productions with Ovation Award-winning Coeurage Theatre Company including Assassins, Cannibal! The Musical, and Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtalet Defends Her Life Tonight. Most recently, Donelle has directed the short film SPLIT SECOND, starring Jessica Parker Kennedy, and the darkly comedic experimental short, THE MERRY MAN. She is currently writing and developing two new horror feature films.

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Signal

• Writer/Director: Chloé Hung
• Producer: Bo Shim
• Line Producer: Jes Anderson

Signal

• Writer/Director: Chloé Hung
• Producer: Bo Shim
• Line Producer: Jes Anderson

SIGNAL has screened at the 2019 San Diego Asian Film Festival and the 2020 Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Hung was selected by the Geffen Playhouse for the 2019/2020 cycle of “The Writer’s Room.”

Logline:
A couple surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape reach a crossroads in their relationship and must decide whether to stay together or split up.

Cast:
Gabriel Brown, Sujata Day

Cinematography: Natasha Mynhier and Jeff Hammerton | 1st A.D.: Jenna Cerchota | Production Design: Bella Wattles | Production Sound Mixer: Dylan Lamm | Editor: Scot Sclaise | Set P.A.s: Siobhan Gilbert and Julian Alvarado

Chloé Hung Bio:
A Chinese-Canadian writer and director, Chloé Hung is a graduate of the M.F.A. in Dramating Writing program at NYU Tisch. Hung’s plays include All Our Yesterdays (Toronto Fringe, Next Stage Theatre Festival); Issei, He Say (world premiere at New Jersery Repertory Company); Three Women of Swatow (upcoming world premiere at Tarragon Theatre). She was awarded the RBC Emerging Playwrights Award. Her plays have been workshopped in Toronto, New York, Washington, D.C., Banff, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. In the world of television, she has written for “Cherish the Day” and “Queen Sugar” (both created by Ava DuVernay, for OWN). Her short film SIGNAL received funding and mentorship through the WIF Production Program. She is developing a television pilot, “Banana Kids,” with Insurrection Media. She workshopped her screenplay, A GLIMPSE OF SUN, with The Black List’s screenwriting lab. When she’s not writing, she’s likely baking pies and cookies.

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