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The BBC Grierson Trustees' Award to be presented to Kim Longinotto! Trailblazing documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto is named today as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees' Award, the Grierson Trust's highest honor. 
Congratulations Kim!

Longinotto has been directing documentaries since the late 1970s with a particular interest in the plight of women around the world. "Kim is a filmmaker like no other. In a genre still dominated by men, she holds a unique place in that world," said Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey. The Griersons are acknowledged as the Oscars of the documentary world. The Trustees' Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the craft of documentary making. Previous winners include luminaries John Battsek, Penny Woolcock, Norma Percy, Nick Fraser, and Sir David Attenborough. Longinotto's DREAMCATCHER features on the Grierson 2015 shortlist for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International.

DOC NYC will honor Kim Longinotto at the Visionaries Tribute on November 12 with the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence. In addition, 
DREAMCATCHER is selected for DOC NYC's 2015 Short List ProgramThe DOC NYC Short List has a history of being a predictor of other awards, including the Oscars.

WMM is proud to distribute more than 15 of Longinotto's award winning films, click here to learn more.

DREAMCATCHER continues its fall tour, in partnership with The British Council, and The Fledgling Fund. Screenings have been selling out from Chicago to Phoenix! Film subject Brenda Myers-Powell from the Dreamcatcher Foundation, and producer Lisa Stevens, are in attendance for post screening discussions with local advocates. DREAMCATCHER is a vibrant portrait of activist, and former prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell as she bravely advocates for change on the streets of Chicago. For more information, click here.

Congratulations to director Leslee Udwin and her team on winning Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival! 

Udwin's award winning documentary, INDIA'S DAUGHTER, screens in NYC and LA with openings in New York at Village East Cinema  on October 23, and Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinemas on October 30. The opening kicks off with a special private screening co-hosted by Susan Sarandon in New York on October 14. The event will be introduced by Meryl Streep and include a post screening discussion moderated by Katie Couric

INDIA'S DAUGHTER is the story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh, which sparked protests and serious debate about gender inequality across India. Watch the trailer

Be sure to follow @IndiasDaughter and use the hashtag #OurDaughterToo to be part of the international conversation! 


WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be on the International Competition Jury at the Inconvenient Films - Human Rights Film Festival in Lithuania, where she will be teaching a master-class and lecturing at the Women Make Movies Retrospective program. Her talk is titled "Enough Already, Let's Move to Sweden: A Talk About Women Make Movies and Women Filmmakers in 2015." We are honored that Inconvenient Films is presenting a WMM retrospective, over-viewing some of the most important documentary films about women shot by women filmmakers in twenty years time. 

Zimmerman is then setting out to Georgia, where she has been invited to attend the 
Cin├ęDOC-Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival. She will be on the International Competition Jury, and a special guest at the "Women In Frame" program that highlights the way women's issues are presented in creative documentary films. 


The Margaret Mead Film Festival runs October 22-25 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. We are honored to be screening two new 2016 acquisitions: ROOM OF BONES and DRAWING THE TIGER, as well as Production Assistance Program film DRIVING WITH SELVI at the festival! Founded in honor of anthropologist Margaret Mead, this prestigious festival hosts movie screenings, video installations, conversations, and events that increase our understanding of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. These films bring diverse worlds to the screen while highlighting the essential qualities that connect us all. Filmmakers in attendance. 

For bi, lesbian and queer women of color, discrimination within their community has become an all too common occurrence. 2016 new acquisition THE SAME DIFFERENCE by Nneka Onuorah examines what happens when African-American lesbians discriminate against each other over violations of the strict code that separates butches from femmes. Interviews include The Wire's Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, Lea DeLaria and more. There are three screenings at New Fest: 10/24, 10/25, and 10/27, with filmmaker and cast members in attendance. Tickets are going fast, the first screening sold out in under four minutes! 

A WOMAN LIKE ME is now playing at Village East Cinema in New York! The film will be playing through Thursday, October 15. For tickets and more information, click here

Winner of the SXSW Special Jury Prize for Directing, A WOMAN LIKE ME is an inventive, self-reflexive documentary-narrative hybrid. After being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011, acclaimed Brooklyn-based filmmaker Alex Sichel decided to confront her terminal illness and rapidly changing life by keeping a video diary. During the documentation process, Sichel created a fictional, more optimistic alter-ego Anna (portrayed by Lili Taylor) with the same prognosis. Watch the trailer
Women Make Movies is extremely proud to announce that we are the recent recipients of a generous grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which will support the work of our Production Assistance Program. Jane Fonda accepted the award at the HFPA Grants Banquet on our behalf.  This year HFPA gave 55 grants to aid a wide range of projects, including the preservation of films, higher education, training and mentoring,  and the promotion of cultural exchange through cinema. We are deeply honored HFPA has chosen to support Women Make Movies and the work of independent women filmmakers. 

The Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program is going national!  In an effort to bring our highly successful workshops to filmmakers across the globe, we're pleased to announce the expansion of our webinar series.  This season's webinars kick off on October 28th with an insider's guide to film on Kickstarter.  Kickstarter Film Outreach Lead Dan Schoenbrun will share his insights about what makes a successful campaign, profile several innovative campaigns, talk about strategy, rewards, and how to best spread the word about your project.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.  Note, this is a workshop AND webinar so if you're in NY, you can join us in person!  Stay tuned for information about additional fall webinars including sessions on fundraising and distribution.
We're thrilled to announce that three projects from the Production Assistance Program, Roll Red Roll (NANCY SCHWARTZMAN), Whose Streets? (SABAAH JORDAN, DAMON DAVIS) and Canary in a Coal Mine (JENNIFER BREA), will be participating in Good Pitch!  Good Pitch gives filmmakers access to foundations, philanthropists and changemakers around leading social and environmental issues in order to forge coalitions that are good for all.  Over 1000 new partnerships have been forged directly through Good Pitch events and $16,000,000 raised in new funding, fueling social justice storytelling and the campaigns that put those films to work in the world.  Congratulations and good luck to all the filmmakers!

Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) won the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking!
Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (Madeleine Sackler) and After Tiller (Martha Shane, Lana Wilson) won News and Documentary Emmys for OUTSTANDING ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAMMING and BEST DOCUMENTARY respectively.  Congratulations!

Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. SOUL!, was selected as one of the 10 participants for NALIP's 2015 Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab

Cecilia Aldarondo (Memories of a Penitent Heart) is the first recipient of the Roberto Guerra Documentary Fund Award.

Kalyanne Mam (A River Changes Course) was interviewed on the She Does podcast. Listen to it here!

Jen Senko (The Brainwashing of My Dad) was featured on "In Our Times" on L.A. Talk Radio

The Babushkas of Chernobyl (Holly Morris) won the Best Editing Award and Special Jury Honor Award at the Woodstock Film Festival

Following are some of the bigger deadlines coming up. For a complete list of important deadlines, please visit our website

California Documentary Project Grant
Deadline: October 15, 2015
Apply here.

Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) BRIO Individual Artist grant
Deadline: October 22, 2015
Apply here

The Frameline Completion Fund
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Apply here.

Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab
Application opens: November 3, 2015
Apply here

True/False Film Fest
Deadline: October 15, 2015 (Late Deadline)
November 6, 2015 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)
Apply here.
Slamdance Film Festival
October 15, 2015 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)
Apply here. 
International Film Festival Rotterdam
October 15, 2015 (feature length films)
Apply here.
Berlin International Film Festival
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Apply here.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Deadline: October 31, 2015.
Apply here.
SXSW Film Festival
Deadline: November 3, 2015 (Late deadline)
Apply here.

Click here for a full list of important deadlines!

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. 
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. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  



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