Since 1985, the Women In Film Finishing Fund has helped 247 near-complete films get passed the finish line to a final cut. This money often comes at a crucial time, when a tremendous amount of sweat and love (and, in many cases, the filmmaker's own savings) have driven the film into the homestretch. Our grant can provide the final push that makes a film ready for cinema or television.
We started this program over 30 years ago to address the disparity between films made by and about women and those made by and about men. The grants that Women In Film gives to filmmakers support stories about brave women like Grace Lee Boggs who dedicated her life to activism and the Rwandan women whose testimony made rape an international war crime. These are just two examples of the hundreds of films that have benefited from the grants and in turn deepened discourse, enriched culture and contributed to making the world a more just place.
Past recipients of the Fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions. Each year, we fund the completion of 7-10 films. We hope 2017 will be an especially good year for the Film Finishing Fund.
“When I received the e-mail, I literally rubbed my eyes (I was still on my first coffee) because I couldn’t believe it. For one, it is the first grant we have been awarded; and for another, this was the one I really wanted. Women in Film is the epitome of the ‘atta girl’–and there was no better time for me to hear it than that day, less than a month after losing my co-director and partner to a terrible car accident. The grant is a distillation of encouragement and approval from an organization and membership that I eminently respect. And now we can finish the film.”
—Michele Mitchell, director of 2015 Finishing Fund winner The Uncondemned
AWOL, Deb Shoval (writer/director), Narrative Feature
Children of the Mountain, Priscilla Anany (director/writer/producer) , Narrative Feature
You Can Go, Christine Turner (director), narrative short
I Am Nojoom, Age Ten and Divorced, Khadija Al Salami (Writer/Director), Narrative Feature
The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Writer/Director/Producer), Jessica Anthony (Producer), Jessica Congdon (Writer), Documentary Feature
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee (Director/Producer), Documentary Feature
Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, Kristi Zea, Documentary Feature
Naked, Roynn Lisa Simmons, Documentary Feature
Freeheld, Cynthia Wade, Documentary Short
Video edited by Morgan Green