Applications Are Now Being Taken for the 2009 Grant Cycle for the WIF Foundation Film Finishing Fund

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The application period is March 2 - April 24 with winners notified July 27-31, 2009

Women In Film came in at a critical point. The Film Finishing grant was a vote of confidence - it's lonely as an independent filmmaker. Unless you have the resources, the film is only as effective as the audience you can reach. I'm grateful to have the understanding that women filmmakers need to be supported.

The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind donations such as production services. The new grant cycle is currently open and WIFF FFF is accepting submissions. Filmmakers who are eligible can find more information and apply through: http://www.wif.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114&Itemid=88.

Since the inception of the Fund in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to 170 films ensuring that innovative films can be completed and seen by audiences worldwide. The Film Finishing Fund is generously sponsored by Netflix. Cash awards range from $1,500 to $5,000, with the number of grants varying from year to year. The in-kind grants include post services such as online editing, sound mixing, color correction, and closed captioning, in addition to others.

Among the many FFF success stories is last year's OSCAR winning Short Documentary FREEHELD, directed by Cynthia Wade and produced by Vanessa Roth, which was a 2007 grant winner. Says Wade, "Women In Film came in at a critical point. The Film Finishing grant was a vote of confidence - it's lonely as an independent filmmaker. Unless you have the resources, the film is only as effective as the audience you can reach. I'm grateful to have the understanding that women filmmakers need to be supported."

Film Finishing Fund recipients' films have won many major awards including Emmy and Academy Awards and have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin, Avignon, and Chicago. They have aired nationally on PBS ("Frontline" and "POV") and Showtime, and internationally on various European, Asian, and Australian television channels.

In order to apply for a FFF grant, a filmmaker must have completed principal photography and a rough cut at the time of application. The program funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats in all genres--narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply for the FFF, and we encourage applications from around the world. Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Film Finishing Funds.

The FFF is run by experienced industry professionals who have an eye for spotting talent and potential. For more information contact the Women In Film Foundation coordinator, phone
310 657 5144 or visit: http://www.wif.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114&Itemid=88.
Recent successes in films/TV movies that WIFF FFF provided finishing funds to include:

Television:
RUN GRANNY RUN (aired on HBO in 2007; dir: Marlo Poras)

Festival Winners:
AMERICAN BLACKOUT (2006 Sundance Special Jury Prize; dir: Anastasia King)
A WALK IN THE SEA: DANNY WILLIAMS AND THE WARHOL FACTORY (2007 Tribeca Film Festival, NY Loves Docs; 2007 Teddy Award at Berlinale dir: Esther Robinson)

Emmy Winners:
MEN WHO MOLEST, CHILDREN WHO SURVIVE (1985, prod: Rachel Lyons)
GIRLS LIKE US (1993, dir: Jane Wagner and Tina diFeliciantonio)
ANIMATED WOMEN (1994, dir: Patty Wineapple and Sybil Delgaudio)
BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY (2004, dir: Tracy Droz Tragos)

Academy Award Nominees:
LAS MADRES DE LA PLAZA DE MAYO (1986, dir: Lourdes Portillo and Susan Muňoz)
BEYOND IMAGINING (1991, dir: Wendy Weinberg)
REGRET TO INFORM (1993, dir: Barbara Sonneborn)
THE FRAGILE PROMISE OF CHOICE (1995, dir: Beth Seltzer and Dorothy Fadiman)
SPEAKING IN STRINGS (1999, dir: Paola di Florio)
THE COLLECTOR OF BEDFORD STREET (2002, dir: Alice Elliott)

Academy Award Winners:
MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION (1994; dir: Frieda Lee Mock)
FREEHELD (2007;dir Cynthia Wade, prod:Vanessa Roth)

For a Film Finishing Fund application, please go to:
http://wif.org/images/pdf/fff2009-application.pdf

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Dawn Miller
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323 648 4151

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