January 2013
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It's 2013 - new year, new changes! From now on, we'll be sending one regular news blast, which combines both our former bulletins: E-News and News You Can Use. For those of you who are customers and buy or rent our films, we hope this is an interesting look at the films we are currently assisting with in their production phase through WMM's Production Assistance Program. Fiscal sponsorship, assistance with fundraising and promotion are an important aspect of the work that we do.
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE FILMS

BACKLOG by 

Lisa Jackson

 
THE BAUHAUS RANCH (AKA 1000 SQ. FT.) by 
Christiane Robbins

HENRY AND GRETA by 
Jenny Lim

PEACEKEEPERS by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

THE FALL by Rachel Shuman

SEA GYPSIES by Olivia Wyatt

UNSTABLE ELEMENTS by Madeleine Sackler

WITH A SINGLE BULLET by Selena Burks-Rentschler

BLACK OUT by Eva Weber

 

The next deadline to apply for the Production Assistance Program is February 15. Visit here for more information or email lmoctezuma@wmm.com

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE FILMS RECEIVE GRANTS FROM NYSCA AND CHICKEN & EGG

NYSCA GRANTS

MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE WOMAN WHO SWINGS THE BAND by Carol Bash

 

MANHATTAN LULLABY by Sara Cross

 

HOONAH'S HEROES by Samantha Farinella

 

HERE ONE DAY by Kathy Leichter

 

T|R|A|N|S|T|R|A|C|K by Bundith Phunsombatlert

 

THE BLIND CINEMA CLUB by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

 

THE NEW BLACK by Yoruba Richen, Angela Tucker and Yvonne Welbon

 

HOMEGOINGS by Christine Turner

 

THE FALL by Rachel Shuman

 

AFTER TILLER by Lana Wilson and Martha Shane

 

BETTING ON BLACK by Anita Womack

 

CHICKEN & EGG GRANTS
Lana Wilson
and Martha Shane

 

AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS by Grace Lee

 

THEY ARE ALL MY BROTHERS by Nicole Opper

 

PEACEKEEPERS by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

 

WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS by Beth Murphy

 

LOVE TRUE AKA I WUV YOU by Alma Har'el

 

THE BILL by Ramona Diaz

 

TWO CHILDREN OF THE RED MOSQUE by Hemal Trivedi

 

UNSTABLE ELEMENTS by Madeleine Sackler

 

BLACK OUT by Eva Weber

FILMMAKER NEWS 

 

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MY BROOKLYN
Kelly Anderson's MY BROOKLYN had a sold out week-long theatrical release at ReRun Theatre in early January. Due to this success, IFP and Filmwax are presenting another nine-day run at ReRun Theater from January 25-February 3!

 

Filmmaker Joanne Burke
launched an educational website featuring short historical films about African Americans in Paris.
 

Edet Belzberg's WATCHERS OF THE SKY received a grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture. 

 

Valentina Canavesio's THE POPULATION BOMB received grants from The Segal Family Foundation, The Laney Thornton Foundation and the Nirvana Manana Institute. 

 

Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's THE E TEAM  received a grant from Catapult Films. 

 

Laurie Coyle received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for for her project ADIOS AMOR.

 

Katja Esson's film POETRY OF RESILIENCE (distributed by WMM) had its European Premiere at FilmFest Hamburg. 

 

Melissa Haizlip's Mr. SOUL has been selected to be part of the 2012 ITVS Diversity Development Fund! 

 

HERE ONE DAY, directed by

Kathy Leichter, received a grant from Eva Eastman Fund.  

 

Jennie Livingston received a grant from The Rosenthal Family Foundation for her film EARTH CAMP ONE

 

Catherine Murphy's MAESTRA screened at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Conference in PA and at Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival.

 

Ben Niles received a grant from the Music Empowers Foundation for his film SOME KIND OF SPARK.

 

Heather Dew Oaksen's MINOR DIFFERENCES premiered at the Northwest African American Museum and will be part of ArtExchange conference in New York. 

 

Patricia Lee Stotter, received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Service Foundation. 

 

Maya Stark and Adi Lavy's SUN KISSED screened at The Margaret Mead Film Festival in November, as did Rob Fruchtman and Lisa Fruchtman's SWEET DREAMS.

 

Therese Shechter's HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY received a Finishing Funds grant from New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT). The team will be working with developers as part of the POV Hackathon, sponsored by PBS. 

 

MELVIN & JEAN: AN AMERICAN STORY by Maia Wechsler was broadcast in France in October and November and will be shown at MIST in Harlem in late February.

 

Suzanne Wasserman's MEAT HOOKED won Best Feature Film at the NYC Food Film Festival and screened on PBS for America Reframed. It will also play at the Miami International Film Festival.

 

Diana Whitten received a grant from the Hope Foundation for her film VESSEL.

 

Hao Wu received a grant for his film THE ROAD TO FAME from the Han & Kong Foundation

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DEBRA ZIMMERMAN WINS 2013 DOC MOGUL AWARD FROM HOT DOCS
 
dz2Women Make Movies continues to gain accolades and create a buzz all over the world! Hot off the presses:  Hot Docs International Film Festival will present WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman with the prestigious 2013 Doc Mogul Award, which recognizes an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad,
 
Debra will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, during the festival, which takes place from April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.
 

Past winners of the Doc Mogul Award include Participant Media's Diane Weyermann (2012), IDFA's Ally Derks (2011), Films Transit International's Jan Rofekamp (2010), HBO's Sheila Nevins (2009), BBC's Nick Fraser (2008), and The Knowledge Network's Rudy Buttignol (2007).


Sundance

salma Three WMM supported films will be at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

 

SALMA, the newest film from acclaimed director Kim Longinotto and distributed by WMM, will have its world premiere in World Documentary competition.
The extraordinary outpouring of anger and solidarity now sweeping India in the wake of the Delhi rape case, is the culmination of a long, slow-boiling resistance to the victimization of women that stretches across the sub-continent. Among those at the forefront of this wave is the Tamil poet Salma, who, through her writing and by her own example, has shown how courage and creativity can triumph against an endemic misogyny.
 
After Sundance, SALMA will be screening at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama competition. 
 
In addition, two films produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program will be in U.S. Documentary competition: AFTER TILLER
by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, an intimate look at the few US doctors who perform late-term abortions and GIDEON'S ARMY by Dawn Porterchronicling the struggles, both personal and professional, of public defenders.
Oscars
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES!
 
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Our congratulations to filmmaker Cynthia Wade, whose new film MONDAYS AT RACINE has been nominated for an Academy Award, Best Documentary, Short Subject. Cynthia's film FREEHELD, produced through the Production Assistance Program, won an Oscar in 2007.

WMM supported films have won or been nominated for an Academy Award in each of the last seven years. Our new release SAVING FACE was a winner last year, bringing home the Academy Award for the 2012 Best Documentary, Short Subject. Other films include COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA, and SUN COME UP, produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program.
 
Our fingers are crossed from women filmmakers this year! 
GrantsWMM SUPPORTED FILMS RECEIVE GRANTS FROM NYSCA AND CHICKEN & EGG
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THE BLIND  
CINEMA CLUB

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has announced this year's grant recipients. WMM is very proud to report that nine out of seventeen WMM applications were successful in receiving funding - which means our filmmakers had a better than 50% chance of getting funded!
 
Chicken & Egg also announced a new round of grantees: ten projects from WMM's Production Assistance Program were selected.
 
A complete listing of films receiving these grants is on the lefthand side of this newsletter.
 
Don't forget, if you are looking for fiscal sponorship for a film, our deadline for the next round of applications is February 15. More info here! 
Festivals
Festival Deadlines for Filmmakers

 

OUTFEST Opportunities

Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival | WAB Extended Deadline: January 21, 2013

Apply  here.

Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival | Early Deadline: January 28, 2013 |

Regular Deadline: March 18, 2013

Apply here.

Screenwriting Lab | Deadline: Feb 11, 2013

Apply here.

 

Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Deadline: January 22, 2013

Late Deadline: February 15, 2013

Seeks to strengthen the diverse LGBT community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and media arts. Apply here.

 

Southern Circuit- Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Late Deadline: January 24, 2013

WAB Extended Deadline: January 31, 2013

Southern Circuit is composed of 24 filmmakers who travel to an estimated six communities each throughout the Southeastern United States in 7-10 days. Apply here.

 

Through Women's Eyes Film Festival

Late Deadline: January 25, 2013

WAB Extended Deadline: February 25, 2013

An international festival featuring women directors, with a focus on international women's issues, stories and lives. All films must have a women director. Apply here.

 

Sheffield Doc/Fest & Meet Market

Deadline for Film Festival: February 4, 2013

Deadline for MeetMarket: March 20, 2013

International documentary festival and market place. MeetMarket 

matches projects (in any stage of development) with UK and international buyers in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings. Apply here.

 

Women's Independent Film Festival

Late Deadline: February 4, 2013

Late Late Deadline: February 25, 2013

Our mission is to celebrate and give voice to the many diverse and unique perspectives offered by women in cinema from every part of the world. Apply here.

 

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Deadline: February 8, 2013

Late Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Citizen Jane Film Festival supports independent film by independent women. Apply here.

 

Boston LGBT Film Festival

Late Deadline: February 15, 2013

Celebrates, displays and distributes work by and for LGBT media 

makers work that entertains, enriches and enlightens all audiences 

in the LGBT and allied communities. Apply here.

 

Huesca International Film Festival (Short Films)

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Going on its 39th year, the festival has a competitive section for international short films, including fiction, animation and experimental, and an international short documentary competition, with prizes up to $6,530. Apply here.

Funding
Funding Deadlines For Filmmakers

New Fund for Women Media Entrepreneurs

Deadline: January 23, 2013

NMWE grant funding is available for news websites, apps or other 

ideas that offer interactive opportunities to provide news and 

information. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women. Apply here

 

LEF Moving Image Fund (MIF)

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 25, 2013

Moving Image Fund provides pre-production, production, and post production grants to long-form documentaries (40+ min). Primary 

creative personnel must reside in New England. Apply here.

 

The Good Pitch (Europe, New York and San Francisco)

Deadline: January 28, 2013 (4pm UK time)

Filmmaking teams pitch their project and its associated outreach campaign to NGO's, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media

with the aim of creating unique coalitions and campaigns around each 

film to accelerate its impact and influence. Apply here.

 

Catapult Film Fund

Deadline:  January 30, 2013

Offers early funding to U.S. based documentary filmmakers who have 

a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a trailer/reel for production fundraising purposes. Grants range $5,000-$20,000. Apply here.

 

Women in Film Foundation Finishing Fund

Applications Open: January 31, 2013

The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services. Apply here.

 

DOHA Film Institute

Deadline: January 31, 2013

The Doha Film Institute can fund a project across any stage of production: from development and production to post-production and prints and advertising. Apply here.

 

The New IDFA Bertha Fund

Deadlines: February 1,  2013 and May 15, 2013

The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries by offering them financial contributions to complete their projects. Apply here.

 

Gucci/Tribeca Documentary Fund

Deadline: February 5, 2013

Provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Apply here.

 

Sundance Grants

Documentary Fund | Deadline: February 5, 2013

Apply here.

Creative Production Fellowship | Deadline: February 8, 2013

Apply here.

 

The Fledgling Fund - Creative Media Initiative

Deadline: Initial Letter of Inquiry: February 12, 2013 

The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. Mostly interested in 

Documentaries and the average grant size is $10k-$13k. Apply here.

 

Creative Work Fund

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2013

Projects feature one or more artists collaborating with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a traditional artist or a visual artist. Apply here.

 

Creative Capital

Next grant round: February to March 1, 2013

Organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Apply here.  

 

BRITDOC Grants

Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund | Deadline:  March 4, 2013.

Apply here.

The Bertha Britdoc Documentary Journalism Fund |

Deadline: Application Now Open

Apply here.

 

Native American Public Telecommunications TV Production Fund

Deadline: March 16, 2013

NAPT is particularly interested in projects that profile Native American leaders, activists and artists-those whose work has great impact on Native culture today. Apply here

 

 

ABOUT WMM 
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