WMM: "The Female Gaze" at IDFA, DOCNYC, grant deadlines and more!

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We are very excited for this year's special focus at IDFA: "The Female Gaze," several days of film programming culminating in an afternoon of discussion, panels and debate on the role of women in documentary on November 22. A group of 15 women directors, including filmmakers from our distribution program Kim Longinotto and Safi Faye, curated a program of 28 old and new documentaries directed by women, featuring WMM's FILMING DESIRE - A Journey Through Women's Film.  You can see the entire list of films here

WMM continues its long tradition as IDFA attendees and supporters. Executive Director Debra Zimmerman and Acquisitions Director Kristen Fitzpatrick will be at IDFA all week! Kristen will be working with the IDFA Academy, and Debra will be speaking on a panel during the Female Gaze program on November 22.

From our Production Assistance Program, CITIZENFOUR, 1971, and TEA TIME will be showing at the festival, and BLUE ID has been selected to participate in the IDFA forum. Distribution filmmaker Kyoko Miyake's (SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI) film TOKYO GIRLS will also participate in the IDFA forum. 

Visit the IDFA website for the full program listing, including the Forum and Docs for Sale!


WMM has seven films from our Production Assistance Program playing at DOC NYC this year! 

Congrats to Director Laura Poitras of CITIZENFOUR who will receive the inaugural Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence! CITIZENFOUR will be screening at the festival along with Sundance award winner E-TEAMSXSW winner THE GREAT INVISIBLE and the highly anticipated NYC premiere of VESSEL 

Other Production Assistance films Included in the lineup: TOUGH LOVE, SOME KIND OF SPARK and FLORENCE, ARIZONA.

See here for the full DOCNYC schedule.  

Two WMM Production Assistance films win MacArthur Documentary Fund Grants! 

Congratulations to Yance Ford and Vaishali Sinha, whose films STRONG ISLAND and ASK THE SEXPERT were recently awarded MacArthur Documentary Funds! The MacArthur Foundation received nearly 400 proposals in response to its most recent open call for independent documentary film proposals, and only fifteen were chosen for support. We are honored that two out of the fifteen supported projects are part of the WMM Production Assistance Program. The fifteen grants totaled more than $2 million for documentary film projects that "examine serious, timely issues all over the world in creative, engaging ways." Read more about these projects and the other films chosen here

In other grants news from the Production Assistance Program, 
Marielle Heller's film THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL recently received a grant from Cinereach and Susan Zeig just received a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for her project EDUCATION: A Community Concern!
LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

Upcoming broadcasts from distribution you don't want to miss:

Encore broadcast, Global Voices|PBS Sunday, November 16
For more information and to set your local channel click here.

Broadcast premiere, WORLD Channel|PBS Monday, November 17
Part of WORLD Channel programming to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. For more information and to set your local channel click here 

Encore broadcast, Global Voices|PBS Sunday, December 7
For more information and to set your local channel click here

Congrats to Production Assistance Program filmmaker Laura Checkoway, whose film LUCKY will have its broadcast premiere on November 15 at 8pm on DirecTV's Audience Network. 
National Media Market

WMM will be showing films at four conferences this fall. We are so excited to share our 2014-2015 new releases with the education community! 

November 8-12
WMM's Amy Aquilino & Emily Sternlicht will be in attendance at NMM November 8-12 in Charleston, SC! If you're attending be sure to stop by Suite 303 for coupons, raffles and more! At our suite, visitors can view a complete collection of new releases anmmd catch special sneak previews of upcoming 2015 releases including our fantastic newest HBO acquisitions, PRIVATE VIOLENCE and REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG! Be sure to mark your calendars for WMM's Market Mania presentation on November 9 at 1:40pm. 

We will also be showing films at these noteworthy stops:




WMM has partnered with Gathr Films to bring I AM A GIRL to a theater near you! Individuals can host a screening event for their friends, family, fellow students, co-workers and community.

Nominated for four Australian Academy Awards including Best Documentary and Best Director, I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature-length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. I AM A GIRL was the Signature Film Partner at this month's International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations.

Follow this link and click Gahtr It! to become a FILM CHAMPION of I AM A GIRL today!

For more information about I AM A GIRL see the WMM catalog


As 2014 winds down, Women Make Movies is thrilled to offer any 5 films for 65% off in the entire collection*, including this diverse list of award winning titles! As the leading distributor of films by and about women, WMM's catalog features a world renowned collection of educational resources proven to enrich lesson plans and engage students of any discipline. This is the FIRST discounted offer on 2013 releases! Take a look at some of WMM's curated subject areas to fit the needs of your classroom, organization and library. Take advantage of this incredible offer until December 31, 2014.** 

*Offer does not include 2014-2015 new releases.

**Enter offer code YESDE14 to apply your 65% discount. You must purchase 5 films for the discount to be applied. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other exceptions may apply. Offer expires 12/31/2014. 

Internships are still available for the Winter/Spring 2015 term in our distribution, marketing, production assistance/fiscal sponsorship, and administration departments! 

The ideal candidates will be studying film studies and/or women/gender studies and have an interest in human rights and social justice issues. Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills; strong organizational skills; the ability to multi-task, work independently and work well under pressure; and will take initiative. Familiarity with Internet research, Microsoft Office Suite, and PC platforms is necessary. Knowledge of and interest in feminist media a plus.

All candidates must submit an Internship Application form, resume, and references. 
The internship application can be found here.  Spread the word!

Our beautiful, fully equipped conference/screening room is centrally located on 29th Street and 6th Avenue in NYC. The room is available hourly, 24/7, and seats between 25-30 people depending on desired setup.

Room includes: 60" plasma monitor, PC/Mac/iPad hookups, DVD player and WiFi.

Rates: Prices vary from $35-$50 an hour, depending on use needs and day/time.
Please contact info@wmm.com for more information on rates and booking.

Congratulations to Laura Poitras, whose film CITIZENFOUR, was just nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award!

Lorien Barlow's film HARD HATTED WOMAN was recently featured in The Huffington Post

Congratulations to Rebecca Haimowitz, who has been selected to pitch her project THE PREGNANCY EXCLUSION at the 2014 PaleyDocs Pitch Workshop Contest!
Kimberlee Bassford's film WINNING GIRL will have its premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Kimi Takesue's documentary LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE has been selected for the international competition at the Montréal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM).


Filmmaker Charlene Fisk has teamed with #1 women's golfer Stacy Lewis to raise money for her history of the LPGA, The Founders Film.  For more information visit  here

Patrick Shen's film IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE currently has a kickstarter campaign.  You can donate here
Christina Antonakos-Wallace's film WITH WINGS AND ROOTS currently has a DVN campaign.  You can donate here

Heather White's WHO PAYS THE PRICE has an indiegogo campaign. You can donate here.


True/False Film Festival
Deadline: November 5, 2014 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)
Apply here.

SXSW Film Festival
Deadline: November 13, 2014 (Late deadline)
Apply here.

Atlanta Film Festival
Deadline: November 14, 2014 (Withoutabox deadline)
Apply here.
Ashland Independent Film Festival
Deadline: November 14, 2014 (Regular deadline)
December 5, 2014 (Late deadline)
Apply here.

Berlin International Film Festival
Deadline: November 17, 2014 (Shorts deadline)
Apply here.

Hot Docs Film Festival
Deadline: November 19, 2014 (Early-bird deadline)
December 10, 2014 (Regular deadline)
January 7, 2015 (Late deadline)
Apply here.
Nashville Film Festival
Deadline: November 26, 2014 (Late deadline)
January 14, 2015 (WAB extended deadline)
Apply here.
Tribeca Film Festival
Deadline: November 26, 2014 (Regular deadline)
December 24, 2014 (Late entry deadline)
Apply here

Dallas International Film Festival
Deadline: December 5, 2014 (Regular deadline)
December 12, 2014 (Late deadline)
Apply here.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Deadline: December 15, 2014 (Late deadline)
Apply here.

Sarasota Film Festival
Deadline: December 12, 2014 (Early deadline)
January 2, 2015 (Regular Deadline)
Apply here


Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab
Application opens: November 3, 2014
Apply here.

Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
Deadline: November 5, 2014
Apply here. 

The SFFS Documentary Film Fund
Application opens: November 10, 2014
Apply here.

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
Submissions open: December 5, 2014
Apply here.

America's Media Makers: Development Grants
Deadline: January 14, 2015 for projects beginning August 2015
Apply here.

LEF Foundation Grant
Deadline: January 23, 2015 (Production and Post-Production Letter of Inquiry deadline)
Apply here.

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. 

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 over 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 and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone. 
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