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Women In Film's Film Finishing Fund in its 26th Year: Now Accepting Applications

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2011 at 4:58AM

The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund is accepting applications now through April 29 for cash grants and production services for films by, for and about women. Founded in 1985, the WIFF FFF has given more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to some 170 films. For the third year, Netflix is sponsoring the fund and offering distribution consultation in addition to the cash prizes. According to Netflix's Content Acquisition VP Cindy Holand, "WIF is a critical force behind the success of some of Hollywood’s most innovative minds."
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The Women in Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund is accepting applications now through April 29 for cash grants and production services for films by, for and about women. Founded in 1985, the WIFF FFF has given more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to some 170 films. For the third year, Netflix is sponsoring the fund and offering distribution consultation in addition to the cash prizes. According to Netflix's Content Acquisition VP Cindy Holand, "WIF is a critical force behind the success of some of Hollywood’s most innovative minds."

See below for eligibility details. More information is available here:

Grant winners have gone on to share their films at festivals throughout the world, from Sundance to Toronto to Berlin, have aired their films nationally on PBS and Showtime, and have won Emmy and Academy Awards. This year's Sundance Audience Award winner, Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance (pictured), is one of FFF's success stories, as is Cynthia Wade's 2008 Best Documentary Short winner, Freeheld, which was a grant winner in 2007. "Women In Film came in at a critical point," said Wade. "The Film Finishing grant was a vote of confidence—it's lonely as an independent filmmaker. Unless you have the resources, the film is only as effective as the audience you can reach. I'm grateful to have the understanding that women filmmakers need to be supported."

In order to apply for a FFF grant, there are slightly different requirements for documentary and narrative films. A documentary filmmaker must have completed principal photography and a rough cut, while a narrative film maker must have finished 90% of principal photography and a rough cut the time of application.  The program funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats in all genres—narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. Filmmakers do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for the FFF, and we encourage applications from around the world.  Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Film Finishing Funds.

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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.