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Women in Film Picks Finishing Fund Recipients

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2010 at 11:02AM

For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.
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For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.

WIFF chose from a record 140 grant applications from 11 countries (U.S., New Zealand, England, Spain, Finland, Philippines, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada and Australia). And for the first time, Film Finishing Fund awarded grants to three narrative as well as three documentary features. Netflix donated the cash grants of $50,000 as well as consulting with the winners on marketing and distribution.

The WIFF FFF provided crucial financing for such films as HBO's Woman Rebel, 2008 Oscar-winning documentary short Freeheld, and Freida Lee Mock’s 1994 Oscar-winning documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.

This year’s Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative features:  Karin Chien’s Circumstance, Susan Youssef’s  Habibi Rasak Kharban, and Frances Lausell’s  America.
Documentary features: Lisa Gossels‘s  My So-Called Enemy, Yoav Potash’s Crime After Crime, and Nisha Ligon’s Twiga Stars: Tanzania’s Soccer Sister Narrative short: Melissa Dodds’   Whakatiki.

This article is related to: Genres, Women in Film, Independents, Documentaries

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.