WMM News, Upcoming Opportunities, Workshops and More | March 2014

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March 2014
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Join WMM, NYWIFT and others for a sneak preview screening of THE SUPREME PRICE
by Joanna Lipper at SVA this Saturday, March 29. THE SUPREME PRICE traces the evolution of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria and Hafsat Abiola's efforts within the movement to increase female participation, especially in leadership roles. This screening is in recognition of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists. 
Q&A with director Joanna Lipper to follow

BIG MEN will be playing at IFC Center through April 3. 
In 2007, a US company discovers the first oil in the history of the West African republic of Ghana. Director Rachel Boynton explores what happens when ambitious people uncover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth.What follows is a twisting tale of greed and deception with global implications.

WMM is proud to have the following new projects in our Production Assistance Program. To learn more about our PA Program, and fiscal sponsorship please visit our website. To see a full list of our fiscally sponsored projects, please click here.  

ASK THE SEXPERT by Vaishali Sinha
A-TOWN BOYZ by Grace Jung
DRY EYES, DRY MOUTH by Anita Womack and Tanisha Christie
IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
MAKE ME NORMAL by Mitch McCabe
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
PINK TOILETS by Michele Midori Fillion
BIG MEN by Rachel Boynton
THE COLD RUSH by May Abdalla 
DRIVING WITH SELVI by Elisa Paloschi 
PROJECT DAD by Sharon Shattuck
TEMPO RUBATO by Noelia Santos
YULA'S DREAM by Hanna Polak

Margaret Brown's
premiered at SXSW Film Festival's Documentary Competition and won the Best Documentary Feature Award.

Heidi Ewing's The Arrivals and Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack Project received a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Film Fund.
Michele Fillion's No Job For a Woman will re-air on PBS World starting in March.

Cristina Ibarra's Las Marthas received the Special Jury Award at CineFestival and was broadcast on Independent Lens in February.

Aledandra Lescaze's All of Me premiered on PBS Independent Lens in March.

Mark Levinson's Particle Fever had its theatrical release this March at the Film Forum and will spread to many theaters across the country. You can check out the schedule here.

After Tiller by Martha Shane & Lana Wilson and Gideon's Army by Dawn Porter, produced by Julie Goldman, were nominated Best Documentary for the Spirit Awards. Also Kalyanee Mam's A River Changes Course was nominated for the 19th Annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award.

Beth Murphy'sWhat Tomorrow Brings and Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl received additional support made to previous grantees from Cinereach.

Elisa Paloschi's Driving with Selvi by is receiving support from the Fledgling Fund and from the Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund. It recently participated at The Good Pitch Mumbai.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth by Pratibha Parmar had its broadcast premiere on PBS's American Masters in January.
Diana Whitten'sVessel will have its World Premiere in the Documentary Competition at SXSW, and won the Jury Award for Political Courage. 

Other Opportunities  
The Lower Eastside Girls Club is looking for women who could be film mentors to young documentary girls.  4 women filmmakers will work with 4 girls who are making their first 20 minute documentaries. 

If shooting in NY and need production assistants,Brooklyn Workforce Innovations has placed trained, experienced production assistants on more than 800 productions. You can depend on "Made in NY" PAs to be pre-screened, trained, experienced, and easy to hire. More information:

UnionDocs Collaborative Studio is now open for applications for their 2014/15 cycle. A program for non-fiction media research and group production, open for artists in the U.S. and abroad.  
Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

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WMM has a strong presence at this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival! We are very excited for the North American premiere of LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH, where the filmmaker will be in attendance for a Q&A post-screening. Congratulations to our Production Assistance films showing at Full Frame: 
WMM is then off to Sarasota! We are honored to partner with THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES (TWE) for the 4th consecutive year to present our award winning films. This year, 3 WMM new releases are to screen at both TWE and the SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL! 
Highlights include the North American premiere of I AM A GIRL, and screenings of LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH, and MAESTRA. Festival goers have a wonderful opportunity to hear from all three filmmakers who will be in attendance!
Internationally, WMM will be making stops in India & Macedonia, continuing annual collaborative partnerships with SKOPJE Women's Rights Nights in Macedonia and Our Lives...To Live Film Festival in India, two amazing organizations that are committed to bringing films by and about women to the international community. These festivals further international dialogue on women's rights, gender discrimination, and inform about violence against women. WMM continues to foster a strong commitment to partnering with women's organizations internationally.

Projects from our Production Assistance Program continue to receive some of the most prestigious funding. Our PA films are very strong this year, getting grants left and right. We are proud to provide women filmmakers with successful fiscal support from esteemed and distinguished organizations, such as NYSCA, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Catapult Film Fund, among others. WMM puts the films made by women on the path to funding success! Here is a snapshot of some recent success stories. 
  • Out of the 22 projects that received grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures in 2013, 9 are fiscally sponsored by WMM, includingTHE BILL by Ramona Diaz, THE BLIND CINEMA CLUB by Jennifer Redfearn & Tim Metzger, TRAPPED by Dawn Porter and TOUGH LOVE by Stephanie Wang-Breal.

Congrats to all the grant recipients! 

We have an exciting slate of workshops coming up in April!

Join seasoned publicist Lucius Barre for this session where he will review the building blocks of good public relations, from planning as soon as you begin production to campaign models for festivals, theatrical, broadcast and on demand releases, including what makes a good press package and techniques for developing talking points. 

Wednesday, April 9th | 6:30-8:30pm 
The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of the transmedia landscape and to discuss a project from ideation to production. The session will enable participants to have the tools they need to articulate their transmedia project clearly.
Monday, April 14 | 6:30-8:30 pm 
Join us at WMM for this intimate session with Dawn Porter and hear her talk about her process, her decision to become a filmmaker, the challenges she encountered as a first time filmmaker and the challenges she had to face when producing a second or third film. 

For more information please visit our Workshops Page.  

OUTFEST (Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival)
Late Deadline: March 31, 2014
Going on its 32nd year, Outfest is the only gay and lesbian film festival in the heart of the entertainment industry, and more industry executives attend Outfest than any other LGBT film festival. Outfest has recently partnered with NewFest (the New York LGBT Film Festival).
Submit here

Early Bird Deadline: April 11, 2014
Regular Deadline: May 16, 2014
Late Deadline: June 13, 2014
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

Early Bird Deadline: April 15, 2014
Regular Deadline: June 30, 2014
Late Deadline: July 30, 2014
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.
Regular Deadline: April 18, 2014
Late Deadline: May 23, 2014
Extended Deadline: June 20, 2014
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.

Early Deadlines: May 1, 2014 (For docs completed between 
Aug 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014)
Late Deadline: August 1, 2014 (For documentaries completed after April 1, 2014)
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 1988 in order to stimulate national and international documentary culture. Apply here

Regular Deadline: May 16, 2014
Final Deadline: June 13, 2014
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

Deadline: March 31, 2014 
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.
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Deadline: April 17, 2014 
Funds US or Int'l documentary intended for Public TV broadcast. All projects must have a key personnel member with prior public television credit to be eligible and have a full-length rough or fine cut to be considered. Apply here 

Spring Deadline: April 30, 2014
Summer Deadline: June 30, 2014
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
Deadline: May 1, 2014
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
Deadline: May 2, 2014
For projects dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice and the search for an equitable reallocation of the world's resources which can be achieved only through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil and cultural rights for all the world's people. Grants ($5k-$10k) require a fiscal sponsor, but to specific projects within an organization. Apply here
Early Application: May 23, 2014
Final Application: June 6, 2014
Supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services. Apply here
Deadline: June 11, 2014
Supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. The Division of Public Programs encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats.
Apply here. 
Deadline: June 30 2014
Awards grants for post-production and distribution to a range of social change documentary films. Grants range from $1k-$5k. Apply here.  
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Funds fiscally sponsored projects pertaining to social change for women and girls. Apply here.  
Deadline: July 15, 2014
The Fleishhacker Foundation makes grants to film projects within its Small Arts Grants Program. We are more interested in supporting an artist's vision than educational documentaries. Applications are only accepted for the post production phase of the project based on rough cut. Most grants are in the range of $2,000 - $5,000. It is preferred that a Bay Area arts organization serve as the fiscal sponsor. Apply here. 
Deadline: July 31, 2014 
Nu Point of View is looking for the next group of emerging Latino filmmakers and is accepting film submissions for a brand new showcase, possibility to earn up to $3,000. Shorts, features, documentaries are accepted. Apply here

International Grant Deadlines

Deadline: Application Now Open
The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is a new global fund  awarding £10,000-50,000 to documentary filmmakers from any country as a mixture of grants and investments. The fund supports projects at the intersection of film and investigative journalism that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues, and cameras into regions previously unseen.
Apply here

Deadline: April 21, 2014
The Doha Film Institute can fund a project across any stage of production: from development and production to post-production and prints and advertising. Funding covers narrative fiction films and creative documentaries, as well as short films. Apply here

Deadline: Rolling
Afro:PoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is a US based public television show featuring independent documentaries and short films about life, art, and culture from the contemporary African Diaspora. NBPC is looking to support and broadcast strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of experiences of contemporary African peoples. Apply here. 

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