April 2013
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We have combined 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.


Barbara Attie and
Janet Goldwater received a grant from the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund for their Production Assistance Program film BaddDDD SONIA SANCHEZ.


Signe Baumane's ROCKS IN MY POCKET had an amazing Kickstarter campaign, surpassing her goal of $42,800 with $50,780!


Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's THE E TEAM and Laurie Collyer's SUNLIGHT JR. received grants from Cinereach.


Laurie Coyle, director of ADIOS AMOR, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


BORDERING ON TREASON, by Trish Dalton, had a sneak preview at Women, Action & the Media Film Festival in Boston.


Blair Doroshwalther has launched a Kickstarter campaign for OUT IN THE NIGHT.


GUNS, GRIEF & GRACE, by Janet Fitch, has been an active voice in the national dialog on gun violence prevention. Her concluding film to the series, Changing the Conversation: America's Gun Violence Epidemic will screen at the Unitarian/Universalist General Assembly 2013 in Kentucky. 


Sara Lamm's BIRTH STORY will be released on April 30th on DVD, iTunes and streaming/download via the filmmaker's own website.


Kathy Leichter's HERE ONE DAY was in two competitions at The Cleveland International Film Festival. The film will soon be part of the 2013 program of The Independent Film Festival Boston.  She also received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.


EARTH CAMP ONE, by Jennie Livingston, received a grant from The Rosenthal Family Foundation.


Theresa Loong's documentary, EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY, is in Montclair Film Festival's spotlight in NJ.  Theresa Loong and Laura Nova's FEED ME A STORY participated in POV's Hackathon and also received a SPARC residency working with seniors at the LaGuardia Community Center.


THE MARINA EXPERIMENT, by Marina Lutz, continues to be in great demand by universities and libraries worldwide, proof that even a short can make money if you know how to market it!


Helen Mendoza's film, EVERY THREE SECONDS, received a grant from UNICEF.


Holly Morris' BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL won the Humanitarian award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.


UNFINISHED SPACES, by Alysa Nahmias, was released on DVD and iTunes this month. Get the DVD from PBS Home Video or Amazon (North America only). Get it on iTunes (USA only).


Dawn Porter's GIDEON'S ARMY won the audience and the jury award at the Miami Film Festival and was opening night at the Full Frame Festival. Also her film SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI has been picked up by Independent Lens for 2014 broadcast.


Now distributed by WMM, SERVICE: WHEN WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME, by Marcia Rock and

Patricia Lee Stotter, 

received a grant from Disabled Veterans National Service Foundation and is screening widely the U.S, upcoming screenings in Richmond, VA, San Antonio, TX and Seattle, WA. 

Also newly aquired by WMM, Therese Schecter's HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY was awarded a NYWIFT Finishing Fund for color correction and is doing POV Hackathon 3. 


Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's award-winning film AFTER TILLER won the Kathleen Bryan Edwards award for Human Rights at Full Frame Film Festival and also received a grant from The Fledgling Fund.  


THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, Ann Shin's new film,  has been accepted into over ten international film festivals. Find out more here.


Jessica Vale's SMALL SMALL THING had its World Premiere at the Palm Beach Intl Film Festival and was followed by the Dallas International Film Festival where it was part of feature competition and nominated for a Silver Heart Award. The filmmakers were awarded a grant from the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation 


Suzanne Wasserman's MEAT HOOKED! won Best Feature Film at the 2012 NYC Food Film Festival It also broadcast in the fall on PBS's America Reframed nationally. The film will screen May 30th at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


MOTHERS OF A NATION, by Ansley West, recently screened at The Food Farm Film Festival


Olivia Wyatt, director of SEA GYPSIES, received a grant from the Community Foundation of Louisville Depository. 


Susan Youseff's HABIBI RASAK KHARBAN won the NEPTAC Award for Asian Cinema at the Bangalore International Film Festival.


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Wednesday, April 24

6:30-8:00 pm

WMM Offices

Reg rate: $20/Discount rate: $15

Seating is VERY limited so register early! Purchase here


Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, is in town for the Tribeca Film Festival and she is coming to WMM to talk about the Fund. Join Lisa and have a glass of wine with us to inaugurate the first workshop in our new offices!


In the current landscape of funding, very few organizations are willing to give you money to help you get your documentary off the ground. Catapult, which was founded in 2010, is one of those few who believe in you before others do. They provide development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. With two submission deadlines a year, their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a stage where funding is hard to find. Projects they have supported include THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, which is premiering at Tribeca and upcoming films like THE E-TEAM by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kaufman and SIMPLE JUSTICE by Marian Lipschultz and Rose Rosenblatt. They have an incredible record of supporting women filmmakers so this is a great opportunity to meet a representative of a new addition to the doc field. 

DZ Women Make Movies continues to gain accolades: 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).


salma We are thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto's newest film, SALMA, will have its Canadian Premiere. Catch SALMA from April 27-May 5. 
These films from WMM's Production Assistance Program will also be at Hot Docs!


AFTER TILLER by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson


GIDEON'S ARMY by Dawn Porter
HERE ONE DAY by Kathy Leichter
LUCKY by Laura Checkoway
Katrine Riis Kjaer


Get your remotes ready - WMM has two films on public television in May! All three films are not only distributed by WMM but came directly from our Production Assistance Program!

ANNA MAY WONG: IN HER OWN WORDS, by Yunah Hong, will have its broadcast premiere on PBS Plus, airing around the nation starting May 6. Check local listings.

SERVICE: WHEN WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME by Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter is currently airing on local PBS stations in many major cities. Click here for a list of current broadcasts. 

Finally, by Michle Midori Fillion, continues to air on PBS' World Channel. Check here for schedules.

Stay tuned for more upcoming WMM film broadcasts.
Funding Deadlines for Filmmakers


Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund 

Deadline: April 22, 2013 

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund provides production support for full-length documentary films. The Fund provides annual grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.

Apply here.


Women in Film Finishing Fund 

Deadline: April 29, 2013

Annually provides cash and in-kind production services to deserving filmmakers needing help to complete their film projects. Projects submitted have a broad range of subject matter and are judged by a committee of top industry professionals. Apply here.


The Roy W. Dean Grants

Spring Deadline: April 30, 2013

Summer Deadline: June 30, 2013

From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society." Apply here


Global Film Initiative: Feature-Film Production Grants

Submissions open May 2013

Awards fifteen to twenty grants of up to $10,000 each, annually, to filmmakers whose works offer diverse interpretations of the human experience. Apply here


Samuel Rubin Foundation  

Deadline: May 1, 2013

There are no geographic limitations, and applications are accepted for general operating expenses as well as for specific projects within an organization. The majority of the Foundation's grants are in the $5-10,000 range. Apply here.


Pacific Pioneer Fund 

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Purpose is to support emerging documentary filmmakers. The term "emerging" is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years -- but no more than ten -- of practical film or video experience. Apply here


The Derek Freese Documentary Fund

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection to Greater Philadelphia. This award is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds. Apply  here.

Fest7Festival Deadlines For Filmmakers


Camden International Film Festival

Regular Deadline: April 22, 2013

Late Deadline: May 31, 2013

Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013

Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. Apply here.


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Deadline: May 1, 2013 for docs completed between Aug 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013

August 1, 2013 for documentaries completed after April 1, 2013

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 1988 in order to stimulate national and international documentary culture. Apply here


Independents Film Week

For the past thirty-two years, Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market) has been a one-of-a-kind event that has brought the international filmmaking community to New York City to celebrate, advocate and introduce new voices on the independent scene.

Emerging Narrative: May 3, 2013

No Borders International Co-Production Market: May 3, 2013 (U.S. producers) / May 24, 2013 (International Partner submissions)

Spotlight on Documentaries: May 3, 2013 (early) / May 25, 2013 (final)

Apply here.


Media That Matters 13

Deadline: May 15, 2013 

Arts Engine celebrates twelve years of Media That Matters, the premier showcase for short films with big messages. Apply here


Mill Valley Film Festival

Regular Deadline: May 17, 2013

Final Deadline: June 14, 2013

Known as a filmmakers' festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. Apply here


Locarno International Film Festival

Deadline: June 3, 2013

Throughout its 64 year history, the Festival del film Locarno has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here every summer to share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity. Apply here


Woodstock International Film Festival
Regular Deadline: June 7, 2013

Each year film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and fantastic parties. Apply here


Chicago International Film Festival

Regular deadline: June 21, 2013

This is the one place where artists and the public come together and engage in a conversation about their number one passion. And as the oldest competitive Festival in North America, films will compete alongside first-time and established filmmakers. Apply here


Denver International Film Festival

Submissions now open!

The Denver International Film Festival has been a rising star on the regional fest circuit for the past several years, with strong programming and resources that ensure a good time for visiting industry, journalists, and filmmakers. Apply here.

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