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Ashland Film Fest to Honor WMM with Special Tribute

This year's Ashland Film Festival will honor Women Make Movies, along with Kartemquin Films, as key independent film institutions with a special tribute. Women Make Movies executive director Debra Zimmerman will moderate a panel called "Women Make Indie Movies" and will also introduce 2016 New Release SONITAwinner of the Grand Jury and Audience Prize for international documentary at Sundance. Tickets to the 400+ seat SONITA screening are already SOLD OUT, a first in festival history!

"For the festival's 15th year, we wanted to reaffirm the central mission of the festival as supporting independent film, especially this year with all of the voices neglected by mainstream media," said Director of Programming Richard Herskowitz. "I thought it would be the perfect time to honor a couple of independent film institutions that are vital to creating an infrastructure for independent filmmakers to survive and thrive."

WMM Film Festival of Women Artists at Moore College
In collaboration with Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, WMM is presenting the WMM Film Festival of Women Artists. The festival highlights films from the WMM collection about extraordinary women in the arts. Featuring films by Aboriginal photographer and filmmaker, Tracey Moffat; CONJURE WOMEN, a performance-based docu exploring the artistry and philosophy of four African American female artists; Joan Braderman's award winning film THE HERETICS on the feminist art movement of the 70's and 80s, and Danielle Beverly's film LEARNING TO SWALLOW that explores the relationship of mental health and art. Watch the trailer. Admission is free!

Interested in bringing the festival to your campus or organization? Contact Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Public Exhibition: kfitzpatrick@wmm.com


Everyone loves SONITA!  SONITA, WMM's newest release and winner of the both the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, continues its winning streak:
  • True Life Fund at the True/False Film Festival
  • Audience Award at the One World Festival in Prague
  • Audience Award at the Portland International Film Festival
SONITA will next head to the Chicago DOC 10 Fest, Hot Docs Festival, Ashland,  Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Cleveland International Film Festival, among many others. Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami and film subject Sonita Alizadeh to make special appearances! We are proud that SONITA was produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program.  

 hotdocsWMM Makes Huge Showing at Hot Docs & Tribeca


Women Make Movies is thrilled to announce that 10 films from the Production Assistance Program have been accepted to Hot Docs this year!  Continuing an impressive festival run that started at Sundance, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing), Weiner (Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman), Trapped (Dawn Porter),  Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami) and Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson) will all screen at North America's largest documentary festival.  Also screening at the festival are Love True (Alma Har'el), The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Brett Story) and Ovarian Psycos (Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle) and The Last Laugh (Ferne Pearlstein).  Having its World Premiere at Hot Docs will be What Tomorrow Brings (Beth Murphy).  Congratulations to all the filmmakers! 

Sonita will be screening with director Rokshareh Ghaem Maghami in attendance. WMM's Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will be at the Hot Docs Forum, along with Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Public Exhibition & Acquisitions, and Barbara Ghammashi, Production Assistance Program Manager. 

Three films from WMM's Production Assistance Program will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival! Love True (Alma Har'el), Memories of a Penitent Heart (Cecilia Aldarondo) and The Last Laugh (Ferne Pearlstein). Congrats! In addition, Debra Zimmerman, Barbara Ghammashi, and Kristen Fitzpatrick will be attending the festival.
WMM at Conferences


The Popular Culture Association awarded the Eminent Scholar Award to Jane Caputi Ph.D., director of 2016 New Releases FEED THE GREEN, an enlightening film on the environment, feminism and sustainability.  LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, a humorous and insightful look at the romance novel industry by award winning filmmaker Laure Kahn (TUPPERWARE), which was voted the Booklist Editor's Choice Video of 2015, also screened at the conference. Already a WMM best seller, LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS will be screening at the Public Library Association Conference in April. 

The Asian Studies Association has chosen two new WMM Films for screening. PLAYING WITH FIRE, a film about women actors in Afghanistan, and INDIA'S DAUGHTER, the award winning film about the 2012 gang rape in India. 


HBO, Vimeo and more @ WMM April Webinars/Workshops


The Spring season continues with workshops from HBO and Vimeo in April. For filmmakers outside of New York, our April webinar offerings include a session on qualifying your documentary with Tom Oyer from the Academy and a webinar on screenwriting with Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell.  For more information on all of this season's offerings, click here



WMM is happy to announce that we will be accepting applications for the Production Assistance Program on a rolling basis going forward, click here for more information. 

Trapped (Dawn Porter) will open in theaters in NY and Washington, DC on March 4th
The Brainwashing of My Dad (Jen Senko) will open in theaters on March 18th
Look at Us Now, Mother! (Gayle Kirschenbaum) will open theatrically on April 8th


Fly Away (Lucy Cohen) and Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg) are among Tribeca's 2016 Documentary Fund Grantees

Yoruba Richen and Michele Stephenson (Hispaniola) were awarded Chicken and Egg's Breakthrough Filmmaker Award

The Fire and the Bird's Nest (Kalyanee Mam), Untitled Missouri Film (Rebecca Cammisa) and Whose Streets? (Sabaah Jordan, Damon Davis) received grants from the MacArthur Foundation 

Roll Red Roll (Nancy Schwartzman) was one of the 3 interactive multi-platform projects to be awarded a grant from the TFI New Media Fund


A Towering Task (Alana DeJoseph) tells the story of the Peace Corps, a peacemaking agency with a rich and complicated history.  For more information and to donate, click here.

Even When I Fall (Elhum Shakerifar) tells the story of 3 incredible women, survivors of child trafficking, who set up Nepal's first circus. For more information, and to donate, click here

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

Earlybird Deadline: April 11, 2016

Deadline: April 17, 2016

Deadline: April 18, 2016

Deadline: Ongoing 
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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