September 2013
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Are you a filmmaker looking for financial support from funders? Need guidance and resources for a current production? Don't miss your chance to become a WMM fiscally sponsored filmmaker! The next application deadline is October 15. Visit the 
website for details and application.
In 2012, the respected film organization Arts Engine sadly closed its doors, transferring its renowned fiscal sponsorship program over to WMM. This month, WMM is so pleased to announce that two projects previously sponsored by Arts Engine, Marc Silver's WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? and PARTICLE FEVER by Mark Levinson, will screen at this year's New York Film Festival! Also screening at NYFF is WMM filmmaker Laura Mulvey's 23RD AUGUST 2008. Congratulations to the filmmakers!

Melissa Haizlip's MR. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV received a NEH grant and screened as a work-in-progress at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival in August, where she received the Audience Choice Award.


Kelly Anderson's My Brooklyn: The Battle for the Soul of the City was made available to anyone in NY City who wanted to host a house party and discuss the politics of urban development. The campaign, dubbed "My Brooklyn, Our City," has been hugely successful 

and is now continuing on a national scale.


Carol Bash's Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band received a grant from the Ford Foundation.


Congratulations to Betty Bastidas for her successful Kickstarter Campaign for her film Dream Town.


Anne Bogart and Holly Morris' Babushkas of Chernobyl received a grant from the San Francisco Film Society.  Holly Morris also delivered a TED TALK in Edinburgh about the women in her film.


Isaac Brown's Terra Blight won the Best Science Communication Film Award at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in New Zealand and is scheduled to be broadcast on Outside TV this November.


Judith Ehrlich attended the Sundance inaugural Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch with her PA project OPEN.


Marielle Heller's Diary of a Teenage Girl received a grant from Cinereach.


Nicole Karsin's We Women Warriors was nominated Best Documentary for the Imagen Award, which honors positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in film and TV.

Molly Knight Raskin participated with Still We Rise in Peer Pitch, a special program organized by DocsInProgress in partnership with the D-Word and Silverdocs.


Cristina Kotz Cornejo was just awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship  and her film Hermanas will screen at the Montreal World Film Festival and the Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes in Mexico. 


Gena Konstantinakos received a grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society for her project The Internet Must Go.


Grace Lee's American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs won the Audience Award at the LA Film Festival.


Kathy Leichter's Here One Day recently screened at The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to rave reviews.

Isadora Leidenfrost's Things We Don't Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent won the Merit Award of Awareness at the Awareness Film Festival in Santa Monica and has been accepted to the Spirit Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

Marlene McCurtis' Wednesdays in Mississippi received a grant from the Puffin Foundation.

Beth Murphy's What Tomorrow Brings was recently awarded two grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Also, her most recent film The List will be broadcast on Sunday, September 8th on the Global Voices Series.

Jill Morley's Fight Like a Girl screened at the Hamilton Film Festival and will screen at the Shadowboxing Film Festival. The film was also selected as "Best of the Fest" for the American Documentary Film Festival.

Ben Niles' Some Kind of Spark received a grant from The Jay Pritzker Foundation.

Liz Nord received two grants from the Leichtag Foundation and the Schusterman Foundation for her film Battle for Jerusalem/Jerusalem Unfiltered.

Faith Pennick received a grant from the Field Foundation of Illinois for her film Violation.

Andrea Scott received a grant from Vital Project Fund for her film Good Men, Bad Men, And A Few Rowdy Ladies.

Therese Shechter's How to Lose Your Virginity will be broadcast in October on Israel's YES network and has also been broadcast in Australia.

Mary Olive Smith received a grant from The Loreen Arbus Foundation for Cheer.

Two PA Program films will screen at the Margaret Mead Film Festival on October 19: Pegi Vail's Gringo Trails (World Premiere) and Eva Weber's Black Out. 

About WMM:
Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by independent women directors in the world. In the last five years, dozens of WMM films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel, among others. 
WMM is proud to announce SKYDANCER by Academy® Award-nominated filmmaker Katja Esson will broadcast on America's newest channel, AL JAZEERA AMERICA! This celebrated documentary follows a group of Mohawk men who for six generations have been leaving the reservation and traveling to New York City to labor on some of the world's most iconic and massive construction projects. Esson explores the colorful and at times tragic history of the Mohawk skywalkers, bringing us a nuanced portrait of modern Native American life and a visually stunning story of double lives.
SKYDANCER airs on Sunday, September 8 at 9PM EST as a part of Al Jazeera America's Witness programming. Click here for details and local listings.

WMM joins the exciting lineup at this year's  IFP Independent Film Week in NYC! Register now to take part in all the screenings, talks, panels and other filmmaker resources, September 15-19, 2013.

On Monday, September 16 at 3:30PM, WMM's Executive Director Debra Zimmerman moderates the panel discussion, "International Documentary Sales - What Translates?" The esteemed panelists explain the international documentary market and answer questions about which films typically receive the most success overseas.
WMM Director of Public Exhibitions and Acquisitions Kristen Fitzpatrick and Production Assistance Program Manager Lucila Moctezuma will be in attendance and available for meetings throughout the conference. 
Three films from WMM's internationally recognized PA Program were selected for this year's Spotlight on Documentaries! Congratulations to the filmmakers!
Women Make Movies is heading north for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival! 

WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman joins "Forty Years On: Women's Film Festivals Today," a panel discussion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1973 Toronto International Women & Film and exploring the state of women's film festivals today. WMM filmmaker and event organizer Kay Armitage will also present. Forty Years On: Women's Film Festivals Today will be held at Toronto's Bell Lightbox Theatre on Tuesday, September 10 from 3:30-5:00PM. 


Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's 
AFTER TILLER opens at Film Forum on September 20th! Check times, learn more and buy tickets here.

Amei Wallach's ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV: ENTER HERE runs at Film Forum for two weeks this coming November! Check times, learn more and buy tickets here.
WMM has available an open, sunny, window-lined loft space on the top of a 12-story Boutique Creative Loft Building in Chelsea! This stunning 3725ft² loft is a brand-new, fully renovated space featuring beautiful southern light exposure, high ceilings, all hardwood floors, and new wet pantry. This is the perfect space for a tech start up, creative firm or growing small business. The landlord will build to suit tenant's needs. Space comes with access to a shared executive conference room, renovated lobby and brand new elevators. 
The building is centrally located on 29th St with easy access to Penn Station, Grand Central, Port Authority and all Manhattan subway lines as well as dining, shopping and services. The famous Ace Hotel sits one block away and right next door is the lovely Eventi Hotel Outdoor Plaza. Asking rent is $45 per sq ft. For more information, please contact Aliza@legacyny.com, cell: 202 281 0158.  
WMM is also leasing a private office, two desk spaces and a fully equipped conference/screening room in our beautiful loft space! The desk spaces and private office are available for both short and long term rentals. The conference/screening room is available hourly, seven days a week, and seats 25 - 30 people depending on desired setup. All rentals include access to A/V equipment, computers and printing facilities, high-speed WiFi and an updated office kitchen. Interested? Contact WMM's Maya Jakubowicz for details and pricing. 
Festival Deadlines for Filmmakers


International Film Festival Rotterdam

October 1, 2013 (short films completed after July 1, 2013)

October 20, 2013 (feature length films)

One of the largest public film events in the world, International Film Festival Rotterdam actively supports independent filmmaking from around the globe and is a recognized platform in Europe for launching new films and talent from Asia, Africa, Middle and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Apply here.


Slamdance Film Festival

October 9, 2013 (Late Deadline)

October 18, 2013 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)

Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent in the film industry; it is also the only major film festival fully programmed by filmmakers. Apply here.


Big Sky Documentary Festival

Deadline: September 9, 2013 (Regular Deadline)

October 20, 2013 (Late Deadline)

November 5, 2013 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)

This competitive event in Missoula, Montana, screens world and U.S. premieres and is open to nonfiction films and videos of all styles, subjects, and lengths. Apply here.

Docs for Sale

Deadline: September 15, 2013

Docs for Sale is the leading marketplace for creative documentaries, offering streaming video all year round and excellent network opportunities for buyers and sellers of quality documentaries. Apply here.


Sundance Film Festival

Deadline: September 16, 2013 (Late Deadline for Short Films)

September 23, 2013 (Late Deadline for Features and Documentaries)

Sundance is a leading showcase for new films, particularly emerging directors, and the key de-facto marketplace for American and international independent movies. Apply here.


Tribeca Film Festival

Deadline: September 16, 2013 (Submissions Open)

October 18, 2013 (Early Deadline)

November 29, 2013 (Official Deadline)

December 27, 2013 (Late Deadline, for feature-length films only)

The Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Learn more here.


True/False Film Fest

Deadline: September 25, 2013 (Regular Deadline)

November 6, 2013 (Late Deadline)

November 13, 2013 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)

The festival highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself. Apply here.

Funding Deadlines For Filmmakers


Tribeca Film Institute

Deadline: November 5, 2013

TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field. Programs to open for submissions in September are: TFI Documentary, Tribeca All Access, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. Find out more here

Brit Doc Puma Fund

PUMA Creative Catalyst Award: No Deadline

The Brit Doc Puma Fund provides financial support, creative counsel and industry recognition to international documentary filmmakers, whose creative storytelling highlights social justice, peace or environmental issues. Apply here.


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Manhattan Community Arts Fund

Deadline: September 17, 2013

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) is a local arts funding program that provides seed grants to individual artists, collectives and small arts organizations for projects and activities that enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Apply here.


PaleyDocFest Pitch Contest

September 18, 2013 (Late Deadline)

October 2, 2013 (Special Extended Deadline)

October 9, 2013 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)

The PaleyDocFest Pitch Contest offers a $5,000 grant for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker.

Apply here.


California Documentary Project Grant

Deadline: October 1, 2013

The California Documentary Project is a competitive grants program of Cal Humanities that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Apply here.


The Frameline Completion Fund
DEADLINE: October 31 
Provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. The program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated, or experimental projects about LGBT people and their communities. Apply here.  


FirstPix Program

No Deadline

The mission is to promote the efforts of first-time and second-time filmmakers by providing supplemental post-production funding with grants of up to $5,000. Apply here.


Impact Partners

No Deadline

Impact Partners is committed to financing independent cinema that addresses pressing social issues. Apply here.

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