Sundance Documentary Fund Application is now OPEN

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. How to Apply:  http://www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-film

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Discover your Superpower Leadership Workshops for Girls

HERstory Media Arts Project (HMAP), an interactive Out-of-School Time Program that provides mentorship, hands-on training and media literacy education to girls (ages 12-19).

Session I: Discover your Superpower! 
If you could have a superhero power, what would it be and why? This interactive workshop will feature multimedia from diverse writers, comics, and filmmakers. The session will encourage students to discover their full superpower potential. Students will watch film clips, participate in individual and group writing exercises, and more. The workshop will foster self-esteem, team building, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Women’s Film Institute provides workshops to conferences, classrooms, student groups, and after school programs. Summer and Fall sessions available. For more information: http://womensfilminstitute.com/herstory/

 

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 – $25,000. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 6-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. More than half of the fund will support projects about women and youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures and the world.

Eligible films for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should also be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and resonate with a wide audience. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after June 2017.

Deadline: February 5, 2017 & Apply today: http://bit.ly/1Kv1RXQ

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Call for Nominations: Knight International Journalism Awards

Each November, the International Center for Journalists honors outstanding colleagues with the Knight International Journalism Award. International Center for Journalists is seeking nominees who, despite difficult circumstances, produce pioneering news reports or innovations that have great impact. Candidates can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, citizen journalists or bloggers. Please send in your nominations by Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

WFI Podcast Episode 5: Thomas A. Crowell, Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers. In this episode, Thomas discusses how to protect your film,  how to get a script to a popular Hollywood actor/actress and how a film can benefit financially from state film taxes and product placement LISTEN HERE

NEH Media Projects: Production Grants

Don’t miss out on this funding opportunity for your film, television, and radio projects! NEH Media Projects: Production Grants is accepting applications for consideration. The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. Deadline: January 11, 2017 for Projects Beginning August 2017. More info: https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants

Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers

unknownThe Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days. APPLY HERE

 

Podcast Episode 3: The Art of Securing Funding For Filmmakers

Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program

unknownPanavision believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. More than 25 years ago, Panavision launched the New Filmmaker Program, an ongoing grant program that loans camera packages to film schools, training programs, and independent filmmakers – at little or no charge. Panavision’s commitment to the industry’s future provides student and beginning filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment early in their careers.

The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. The New Filmmaker Program has served hundreds of aspiring filmmakers, many of them eventually becoming regular Panavision customers. More info: http://www.panavision.com/new-filmmaker-program

19th United Nations Association Film Festival – October 20-30

f_nefertitisdaughtersunaff2016_banner_filmpagesWomen’s Film Institute is proud to partner with the 19th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), October 20-30, 2016. Founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic, UNAFF uses the power of documentary film to create a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, issues, and solutions. UNAFF was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most influential documentaries, including seven that won Academy Awards and 30 were nominated.  WFI is co-presenting these compelling documentaries this year:

Nefertiti’s Daughters – Female graffiti artists in Egypt use their street art to participate in and lead revolution. Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, Nefertiti’s Daughters spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti places her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedoms in Egypt today. Directors: Mark Nickolas, Racha Najdi. Date/Time: Sunday, 10/27, 4:40 PM (SESSION 23). Watch Trailer

Where We Stand  – The story of a controversial group of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s rights in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Where We Stand follows Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home mom turned vocal advocate for Ordain Women as she navigates the repercussions of her unpopular activism against her church in her predominantly Mormon suburb. Where We Stand is also the coming of age story of Ordain Women as an organization itself—from a humble website to an internationally recognized activist group. The film is not just for Mormons. It is not just for feminists. It is for anyone who has questioned what it means to believe and to belong.  Director/Producer: Kristine Stolakis. Date/time: Saturday, 10/29, 1:00 PM (SESSION 19) Watch Trailer

Children Deported: Farida – Nine-year-old Farida was deported to Afghanistan in February of 2015, after almost four years in Norway. A country she has never been to before, with a language and a culture that is foreign to her. She misses her friends, her school and the safety of the small town Dokka. The short documentary emphasizes the human consequences of the Norwegian asylum policy. Despite strong ties to the country, several children have been deported from Norway over the past few years. In this portrait, Farida gets to tell her story for the first time. We follow her new life in an unknown Kabul, where she talks about her longing for Norway and the future that so abruptly was taken away from her. Director: Ragnhild Sørheim. Date/time: SUNDAY 10/30, 1:00 PM (SESSION 22) Watch Trailer

The Computers  In the United States, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields, holding under 25% of STEM jobs and a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees. Contributing to the problem is that we do not teach our history, including that the pioneers of programming included six brilliant young women.This is the inspiring story lost for almost 70 years about the founding of technologies we cannot live without—by six incredible women everyone should know! Directors/Producers: Kathy Kleiman, Jon Palfreman, Kate McMahon.  Date/Time: Sunday, 10/30, 3:10 PM (SESSION 23) Watch Trailer

Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism – The struggle for Muslim women’s emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Director: Feriel Ben Mahmoud. Date/Time: Sunday, 10/30, 3:40 PM (SESSION 23) Watch Trailer

Here is the full list here.

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Coming soon to 39th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 6 – 16)

Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner of the 39th Mill Valley Film FestivalOctober 6 – 16, 2016, presented by the California Film Institute. Check out the following films:


Baden Baden 

Writer-director Rachel Lang’s impressive feature film debut, 26-year-old Ana returns home to Strasbourg in a purloined Porsche to hang out with her grandmother, inefficiently reconstruct a shower, possibly find some work, attempt to weave together the loose strings of her love life, and, eventually, find her particular path towards adulthood. For more information CLICK HERE

BADEN BADEN – Trailer from Mill Valley Film Festival on Vimeo.

Zhaleika 
Lora feels constrained by the tedious monotony of life in her small village, and her small acts of defiance are already causing gossip. But when a sudden tragedy provides Lora more personal freedom, her hesitant rebelliousness begins to take a more definite form in this compelling coming-of-age drama. For more information CLICK HERE

Zhaleika Trailer from cinemanda on Vimeo.

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