Coming soon to Frameline 40: Heartland directed by Maura Anderson

404377lWomen’s Film Institute (WFI) is proud to be a community partner at this year’s Frameline 40: San Francisco International
LGBTQ Film Festival (JUNE 16 – 26, 2016). WFI is co-presenting Heartland directed by Maura Anderson on Thursday, June 23, 7:00 PM
at the Victoria Theatre in SF.

HEARTLAND – Two very different women form an unexpected bond, but when their friendship sparks a reckless romance their worlds are turned upside-down.

Lauren is at sea after the death of her girlfriend. Finding herself jobless and evicted, she retreats to her childhood home in Oklahoma and her well-meaning but less than accepting mother (splendidly portrayed by Beth Grant). Also returning to the nest is Lauren’s brother Justin, bringing his polished, Californian girlfriend, Carrie, with him. Carrie is a fish out of water, always overdressed and underprepared for the social niceties of this small town. Justin and Carrie are driven and business-minded, and the pair’s romantic and business relationships are inextricably linked as they try to launch a local branch of her family’s Napa winery. When a crucial meeting sends Justin out of town, Lauren’s grief and Carrie’s career and commitment anxieties draw the two women together, challenging them to face their fears and rise from the ashes of their former lives.

HEARTLAND TRAILER from Heartland Film on Vimeo.

Having worked extensively behind the scenes in film and digital platforms, Maura Anderson chose to make Heartland her feature directorial debut after she was first approached to produce. Set against the beauty of the plains, Heartland’s story is accompanied by a warm acoustic score. Velinda Godfrey, who plays Lauren, co-wrote the script with Todd Waring after the two met in a workshop led by Jeffrey Tambor. Together, Anderson and Godfrey lead a majority female cast and crew to bring this down-to-earth story to the screen.  — Laura Henneman

Expected to attend: Director Maura Anderson, Executive Producer Grace Kim, Producer Wesley Hamm, Actor/Producer/Writer Velinda Godfrey

For more information and to purchase tickets: https://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=3795&FID=53

 

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AbelCine Feature Film Grant

AbelCine_Panasonic_logosThe AbelCine Feature Film Grant Powered by Panasonic is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the LA Film Festival and Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker who will be loaned a film or digital camera package (based on availability) to use for his or her feature film production. (Deadline: June 24, 2016) http://www.filmindependent.org/programs/grants-and-awards/abelcine-feature-film-grant/

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Roy W. Dean 2016 Summer Film Grant Now Accepting Submissions

logo.gifGot a unique film project that contributes to society?  The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is looking to award its grant to one that fits that description.  This year’s winner receives $3,500 cash and $30,000 in donated film products and services to help complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, TV or web series. Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2016. You can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/


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IDA Seeks Applications to Support Independent Documentary Films

PL2015_647The International Documentary Association is accepting applications for the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.Through the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, IDA will award production grants of up to $25,000 to up to a dozen projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns — the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and/or the illumination of pressing social problems.

Projects must be in production at the time of application, with the bulk of research and development completed but still having substantial production or post-production related work and expenses remaining. Grant funds may be used for production and post-production related expenses incurred during the period of support. To be eligible, the applicant must be 18 years of age or older and be a producer and/or director of the submitted work. In addition, the applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original project. The applicant also should be an experienced filmmaker with at least one key above-the-line (producer, director, co-director, co-producer) or other principal creative (director of photography, editor) credit on a previously completed documentary.

IDA will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed throughout the period, with grants being awarded quarterly. See the IDA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Women In Film Los Angeles Opens 2016 Grant Applications

WFI_resourcespage_pic01Women In Film Los Angeles has begun accepting applications for their 2016 Finishing Fund grants. WIF will give up to $25,000 in grants for films, animations, documentaries and experimental shorts of longform cinema by women or films about women. Applications close on June 30, with winners to be announced in November. Applications for a grant can be found here. http://womeninfilm.org/film-finishing-fund/

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Break into network television with CBS Directing Initiative – APPLY TODAY

UnknownThe Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television. This initiative facilitates professional on-set observing opportunities for aspiring directors of diverse backgrounds. The program matches participants with CBS primetime directors who will mentor them through the entire process of prep, production, and post-production (Deadline May 30, 2016). More info: http://www.cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/directing-initiative/

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Shooting an Insanely Low-Budget Film with an iPhone

hands-1167614_960_720Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s 9th annual Film in California Conference. Film in California Conference celebrates the best California has to offer entertainment industry professionals. You’ll find presentations, sessions, panel discussions, exhibitors and networking events. Check out the following panel: Tangerine: Shooting an Insanely Low-Budget Film with an iPhone. This critically-acclaimed comedy was shot on the streets of Hollywood using three iPhones.  Its ultra-low budget approach is shattering conventional wisdom and redefining the production process.

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 2 PM  – Panel B
Location: CBS Studio Center ● 4024 Radford Ave. ● Studio City

REGISTER TODAY! Special discount code to receive half off on admission: WFI50
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-film-in-california-conference-tickets-20938310049?discount=WFI50

Hosted by the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) — a network of 40-plus film commissioners from throughout California, this conference attracts over 500 industry professionals from all facets of the film, TV, commercial and digital production industry.

2016 Film In California Conference with special presentation by Jamie Lee Curtis

1455033_1719466978333696_3089197756307464035_nSAVE THE DATE!!! Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference. Plan on attending the FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference on Saturday, May 21st at CBS Studio Center/Radford Ave. in Studio City. The 9th annual Film in California Conference celebrates the best California has to offer entertainment industry professionals. The only conference held exclusively to promote filming in California gets bigger and better each year and is the go-to event for those seeking to make the most of California’s unmatched production resources, including its incredibly diverse locations and vast infrastructure.

  • Come for the amazing panels, including the CHiPs panel with Director/Actor Dax Shepard
  • Come to see Jamie Lee Curtis honor California Golden SLATE Award recipient Producer-Writer-Director Ryan Murphy
  • Come for the terrific speakers, the exhibits, the networking

920x920Come help us celebrate the productions and production jobs that have been returning to California. Come meet film commissioners from across the state.

And for the first time, FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference will be presenting the California Golden SLATE award to an individual who has championed filming in California. Hosted by the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) — a network of 40-plus film commissioners from throughout California, this conference attracts over 500 industry professionals from all facets of the film, TV, commercial and digital production industry.

REGISTER TODAY! Special discount code to receive half off on admission: WFI50
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-film-in-california-conference-tickets-20938310049?discount=WFI50

 

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#ILookLikeAFilmDirector: 21 Films for Women’s History Month

fss-masthead3For Women’s History Month, KQED put together a playlist of 21 of their films. It features shorts like I Feel Stupid, directed by Milena Pastreich and written by A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’s Ana Lily Amirpour, and Kiss Me by Jules Nurrish, who was recently named a Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow. You can check out the complete collection here.

Bloggers, Writers/Contributors and Editors Needed!

WFI-WITH-SPACE1Can’t get enough of the movies? Do you have a love for film and want to help a great organization? Looking to contribute and build community leadership skills? Want be a part of a team dedicated to amplifying the voices of women and girls to a wider audience? WFI is seeking individuals with strong writing and editing skills to assist in the Institute’s blog expansion campaign.  Bloggers will be required to write, edit and proofread an average of 2 blog posts per month.

Desired skills and experience:
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Passion and understanding of WFI’s mission and goals.
Previous blogging/editing/social media experience preferred.
Be reliable and responsible, and have a good track record of meeting deadlines.
Be able to provide at least 2 writing samples.

This is a volunteer position and can be performed remotely. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with us and make a difference. If you’re interested in volunteering we want to hear from you. Please submit your résumé and cover letter to: sfwomensfilmfestival@gmail.com