Women in Film's 2015 Finishing Fund application opens next week

Women in Film's 2015 Finishing Fund application opens next week

Starting Monday, applications will be accepted for the Women in Film's 2105 Finishing Fund grant.

The fund began in 1985 in order to ensure original films by, for or about women are able to complete production and be seen by audiences. Over the past 30 years, WIF has given grants for 170 films done by filmmakers around the world.

The fund is run by WIF Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone. To apply, filmmakers must submit a rough cut of their work and have 90% of the principal photography completed. Applicants have until Aug. 7 to apply. The application is available on the Women in Film website, http://wif.org/filmfinishingfund.

The number of grants available differs from year to year. Last year, nine films were chosen of the 121 submitted. The Film Finishing Fund's top award is for $25,000 for a narrative feature. The fund also gives out grants to applicants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.  Past recipients had their films screened worldwide at such film festivals as Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, LA Film Festival, AFI Fest and Tribeca.

Past recipients include Freida Mock for her documentary "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" and Cynthia Wade for her documentary short "Freehold." Both films went on to win Academy Awards.

The winners of the 2015 grants will be announced in November.

Women in Film, a nonprofit organization, supports women in the entertainment industry by providing scholarships and grants and promoting equality in the business. 

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