Film Finishing Fund

March 28, 2013 @ 11:15 pm – April 30, 2013 @ 2:00 am
WIF Los Angeles

Women In Film And Television International

For nearly 30 years the WIF Foundation (WIFF) in LA has granted Film Finishing Grants, it’s one of the major recurring programs that the WIFTI Chapters can all participate in.  This year the Board of WIFTI has decided to join forces with WIFF to help promote and potentially do a Grant of our own with WIFTI Funds – adding to our programs such as the WIFTI Showcase currently being screened.  Below is the PMK press release, please blast this to all of your Chapter’s members.  The Grants are specifically for MEN and WOMEN making a film or documentary for or about Women and the Application is attached below.



Past Grant Winners like Cynthia Wade and Freida  Mock have gone on to win Academy® Awards

Los Angeles, CA, March 2013 ….Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2013 Film Finishing Fund grants, it was announced today by FFF Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone.  The application period continues until April 29, 2013, and the winners will be announced in October, 2013.

Since its inception 28 years ago, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 170 films from all over the world.

Women In Film will grant to each winning project up to $15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants. To qualify for entry, submitted projects must be by, for or about women.  Filmmakers must have completed at least 90% of principal photography, and have a rough cut at the time of application.  The program funds both short and long formats in all genre: narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental.  Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant, and WIF encourages international applications. Detailed criteria for each category and a download of the application can be obtained at or by clicking this link:

The WIF Foundation is enormously proud of the Film Finishing Fund’s track record.  Selected films that subsequently went on to win major awards, distribution and network deals, include:

Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld, the 2008 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary Short Subject
Freida Mock’s Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, the 1994 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary
Esther Robinson’s A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, 2007 Teddy Award Winner at the Berlin Film Festival
Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, the 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner
In celebration of the Fund’s 28th year, and for each of the 8 weeks of the Grant Cycle, Women In Film is publishing an 8-part interview series with notable Film Finishing Fund recipients called “The Grant Is Only The Beginning”.   A list of the filmmakers being interviewed is available at

The 2013 Women In Film Foundation Film Finishing Fund Committee


Betsy Pollock, Associate Dean of Production,American Film Institute Conservatory

Nancy Rae Stone, producer


Randy Auerback

Lisa Gewirtz

Ellen Olivier

Chevonne O’Shaunessey

Marion Rosenberg

Paula Silver

Cathleen Summers

Diana Tauder