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WMM has had a banner year with film festivals beginning with two top honors at the Sundance Film Festival, and numerous  Audience Awards and accolades from SXSW, Hot Docs, Full Frame, True/False, Human Rights Watch Film Festivals and beyond!

The film slate of the DOCNYC Film Festival will feature several WMM supported films including TRAPPED (Dawn Porter), CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson), WEINER (Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman), 95 AND 6 TO GO (Kimi Takesue), SWIM TEAM (Lara Stolman), and CARE from PA Alum (Deidre Fishel).

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will be screening the following films from our Production Assistance Program: CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson), THE LAST LAUGH (Ferne Pearlstein), LOVETRUE (Alma Har'el), NATIONAL BIRD (Sonia Kennebeck), NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing), and WEINER (Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg). The IDFA FORUM, a co-production and co-financing market, is one of the most essential meeting places for independent documentary film. This year's forum will include PA films: LAWS OF LOVE (Hikaru Toda) and OBSTINATE (Sahra Mosawi). WMM staff, Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, Kristen Fitzpatrick, Distribution Director, and Barbara Ghammashi, PA Program Director will all be attending the film festival and forum.

A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS (Jessie Deeter) recently opened the Margaret Mead Film Festival to a sold out crowd, the event was also the film's US premiere.

In early November, WMM'S Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman will to go Hawaii. She was invited by the Hawaii Women in Filmmaking to speak at the Hawaiian Media Makers Conference, on the "Changing the Narrative" - a panel addressing what is working and proposing ways to create the change that is needed to advance women in the film industry. Debra will also be presenting on a panel about the current state of distribution, and will meet with film producers in collaboration with colleagues from the NEA, NAMAC, ITVS, and PBS Digital. The conference is produced by Hawaii Women in Filmmaking, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Hawaii International Film Festival. 

Debra was also recently "down under" at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival in Sydney, Australia! At the festival she served on the International Competition Jury and presented an in-depth program at DOC TALK: Distribution Meets Social Impact at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  

WMM supported films and releases have been making a big splash on the small screen!
Make sure to catch these upcoming films and also check out those that were broadcast this month which include: 

The broadcast premiere of WEINER (Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman) will be on October 22nd, on Showtime at 9:00pm EST.

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing) will have its broadcast premiere on PBS' American Masters Tuesday, October 25th at 9:00pm EST. 

WMM distributed SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI: MY ATOMIC AUNT (Kyoko Miyake) will broadcast on WORLD CHANNEL's Doc World, October 30th at 10:00pm EST.

Other films broadcast earlier this month include FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (Sharon Shattuck) on POV, A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY (Sara Hirsh Bordo) on Lifetime Television and THE SAME DIFFERENCE (Nneka Onuorah) on BET Network's, CENTRIC TV. In addition, WMM distributed LAS MARTHAS (Cristina Ibarra) was recently seen on Independent Lens.

Several additional recent broadcasts on WORLD CHANNEL'S Doc World, were featured in the Los Angeles Times including, WMM distributed KISMET (Nina Maria Paschalidou), and AMONG THE BELIEVERS (Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Nagvi).


National Media Market

WMM will be showing films at six conferences this fall. We're excited to share our 2016-2017 new releases with the educational community!

WMM's Sales and Distribution Manager, Amy Aquilino, and Marketing Manager, Erika Howard will be attending NMM in Baltimore, MD! If you're attending, be sure stop by Room 3603 for coupons, raffles and more!  

WMM will be attending the National Women's Studies Association in Montreal this fall! The conference leads the field of women's studies in educational and social transformation. NWSA will run from  November 10-13 and Marketing Manager, Erika Howard will be attending.

The American Public Health Association - October 29th-31st, Denver, CO

National Association of Multicultural Education - November 9th-12th, Cleveland, OH

Facing Race National Conference - November 10th-12th Atlanta, GA
Will be showing: OVARIAN PSYCOS.

SVA Film Festival (American Anthropological Assoc.) - November 16th-20th, 
Minneapolis, MN

National Council of Teachers of English Conference - November 17th-20th, Atlanta, GA 


Did you hear about the WMM Webinars? They're expanding and are now available for the global community of filmmakers year-round! You can now join us from anywhere in the US or around the world, from the convenience of your home or office. Don't miss out on these informative webinars led by leaders from top industry organizations. Sign up now, log on, and get the information you need to move your project forward!

Meet the Funder: Sundance with Rahdi Taylor
Meet the Funder: The Filmmaker Fund with Marc Silver and Minette Nelson

Welcome to the 21st Century: Unpacking and Understanding the World of VR with Interactive and VR Specialist Ingrid Kopp
Meet the Broadcaster: Al Jazeera English and Arabic Documentaries  

WMM has also been offering a dynamic slate of in-person workshops in NYC featuring some of the most respected industry leaders from the NEH, Tribeca Film Institute, and more. Upcoming highlights include fundraising tips from former NYC Film Commissioner Cynthia Lopez, a conversation with Motto Pictures' Julie Goldman, and Impact Producing, Outreach and Engagement with Jennifer MacArthur of Borderline Media. For more information, click here.


THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (Assia Boundaoui) was in the 2016 class of Points North Fellowship and also won this year's Points North Pitch Award!

Support the Indiegogo campaign for the upcoming film, THE 5 BROWNS: DIGGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS (Ben Niles).

QUIET ZONE (Katie Dellamaggiore) and SCARS (Agnieszka Zwiefka) recently received Catapult Film Fund Grants!

Support the Kickstarter campaign for THE REST I MAKE UP (Michelle Memran), a film portrait featuring playwright Maria Irene Fornes! bit.ly/FornesFilm

Women Make Movies accepts applications to the Production Assistance Program on a rolling basis. Click here for more information.


SXSW Film Festival
Late Deadline October 20, 2016 for 2017 festival.
Apply here.
Ashland Independent Film Festival
Deadline: November 4, 2016
Apply here.

True/False Film Festival
November 8, 2016 - Late Deadline                                       
Apply here.
Portland International Film Festival
Rolling Deadline before January 2017
Apply here.


Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) BRIO Individual Artist grant

Arts Fund: October 28, 2016 by 5pm
Apply here.

The Frameline Completion Fund
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Apply here.

Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab
Application opens November 2016
Apply here.

Film Independent and Documentary Lab
Submissions begin October 2016
Apply here.

California Documentary Project Grant
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Apply here.

Tribeca Film Institute All Access
Deadline November 6, 2016
Apply here.

Tribeca Film Institute's Latin America Fund
Deadline November 6, 2016.
Apply here. 

Queens Council on the Arts
Deadline: November 10, 2016
Apply here.

Dance Films Association Production Grant
Deadline November 11, 2016.
Apply here.

Community Arts Grants
Deadline: November 18, 2016 5pm
Apply here.

Crosscurrents Doc Fund
Deadline November 30, 2016
Apply here.

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