The Women In Film Foundation Announces 25th Anniversary of Film Finishing Fund

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Applications are now being taken for the 2010 grant cycle for the WIF Foundation Film Finishing Fund, sponsored by Netflix. The application period is February 24-April 30, with winners notified by the end of August.

I also personally appreciate the critical role the organization often plays in someone's career; my first job in the business came out of a connection made through Women In Film.

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 $15,000 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 may find more information and apply through:

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. And now, for the second year, the organization's Film Finishing Fund is generously sponsored by Netflix, which provides cash grants and meaningful consultation regarding distribution to filmmakers. Cash awards range from $1,000 to $15,000, with the number of grants varying from year to year. The in-kind grants may include post services, such as online editing, sound mixing, color correction, and closed captioning, in addition to others.

"Netflix is proud to be supporting the work of talented women filmmakers who have to overcome many hurdles to see their projects through," said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix. "I also personally appreciate the critical role the organization often plays in someone's career; my first job in the business came out of a connection made through Women In Film."

Among the many FFF success stories is the 2008 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, SXSW, 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, there are slightly different requirements for documentary and narrative films. A documentary filmmaker must have completed principal photography and a rough cut, while a narrative film maker must have finished 90% of principal photography and a rough cut the time of application. The program funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats in all genres--narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. Filmmakers do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for the FFF, however, 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 and is grateful to its generous sponsor, Netflix.

For a Film Finishing Fund application, please go to:

For more information, contact the Women In Film Foundation coordinator at
foundation(at)wif(dot)org, 323 935 2211 or visit:

Recent successes in films/TV movies that WIFF FFF provided finishing funds to include:

GIRLS ON THE WALL (PBS, dir: Heather Ross)
WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE? (Planet Green, Discovery, dir: Catherine Gund)
RUN GRANNY RUN (aired on HBO in 2007; dir: Marlo Poras)

THE FRAGILE PROMISE OF CHOICE (1995, screenings at Columbus Int'l Film Festival, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Chicago Int'l Film Festival; dir: Dorothy Fadiman)

Festival Winners:
AMERICAN BLACKOUT (2006 Sundance Special Jury Prize; prod: Anastasia King)
A WALK INTO 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:
GIRLS LIKE US (1993, dir: Jane Wagner and Tina Di Feliciantonio)
ANIMATED WOMEN (1994, prod: Patty Wineapple, dir: Sybil DelGaudio)
BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY (2004, dir: Tracy Droz Tragos)

Academy Award Nominees:
LAS MADRES DE LA PLAZA DE MAYO (1985, dir: Lourdes Portillo and Susan Muñoz)
BEYOND IMAGINING (1992, prod: Wendy Weinberg)
REGRET TO INFORM (1998, dir: Barbara Sonneborn)
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)

About WIF:
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries. Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission. For more information about Women In Film and its programs, visit

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