The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services. Since the inception of the Fund in 1985, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services to over 200 films ensuring that innovative films can be completed and seen by audiences worldwide.

Cash awards range from $1,000 to $25,000, with the number of grants varying from year to year. In-kind services may be available upon request.

freeheld-oscarAmong the many FFF success stories is OSCAR® winning Short Documentary FREEHELD, directed by Cynthia Wade and produced by Vanessa Roth, which was a 2007 grant winner. Says Wade, "Women In Film came in at a critical point. 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."

You need a Professional Film Business Plan to get funded

Film Finishing Fund recipients’ films have won many major awards including Emmy and Academy Awards, and have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, LA Film Festival, Vancouver, AFI Fest, Tribeca, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin, Avignon, Dubai, and Chicago. They have aired nationally on HBO, PBS (“Frontline” and “POV”), OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), Showtime, and internationally on various European, Asian, and Australian television channels.

In order to apply for a FFF grant, a filmmaker must have completed at least 90% of principal photography and a have a rough cut at the time of application. For specific application requirements, please follow the link and refer to the application. The program funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats in all genres—narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. You do not have to be a Women In Film member 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.

The FFF is run by experienced industry professionals who have an eye for spotting talent and potential. For more information, contact Morgan Green at mgreen@wif.org.

Deadline: 16 June 

Robert Redford - Talks about Indi films at Sundance

At Sundance’s annual Day One Press Conference, film festival founder Robert Redford offered some unique insights on indie filmmaking. Redford spoke about the state of indie filmmaking: "It's always been tough for indie film...it's tough for film in general cause there's threats in distribution that take away from what used to be a simple equation. There's streaming, online, all kinds of new distribution, all these other areas that didn't exist way back, so as a result it kind of bleeds away from film. Film is not in a good place. Indie film is not in a good place, but it never has been. It's always been tough, but it survives because it's always had value. Money is at the core, changing times is at the core, and other threats that didn't exist before. As it changes, what remains is that it's always tough for film."

Redford also talked about the value of film school versus taking the plunge to make your first film (I don't consider them mutually exclusive). "I'm not sure film school is the answer as much as experience and getting out in the world and seeing what's going on in the world from firsthand experience. Don't go from school to school and make a movie, you'll just be relying on what other filmmakers did. To me, what's more important if you're going to tell a story and own the story you're selling, it's to get out in the world, hit the road and have some real life experience that will feed your mind."


We want to alert you to a new scam targeting film and television productions, wherein an email wire transfer request or similar is sent from a show principal/executive and may then be followed by an email confirmation for the request from another show principal. Though emails from both principals appear to be credible, they are consequently discovered to be from criminal third parties, and the transferred funds are stolen. According to the FBI, this scheme is becoming increasingly common.
Although it may have previously been protocol on your shows for email requests to facilitate such transactions, we urge you to be extra diligent and to only process requests such as these after they have been verified through direct, personal contact with both the requesting and approving individuals. 
We at Entertainment Partners place the greatest emphasis on the security of your production data and finances and ask you to help spread the word to help prevent more productions from falling prey to this criminal activity.

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