The Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer 2017 is now open for entries

The Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer 2017 is now open for entries.  Now celebrating its 25th year, the grant seeks independent film projects that are unique and contribute to society.  It is open to documentaries, short films, features, and web series.  Deadline for entering the grant is June 30th, 2017.

Founded in 1993 by film funding non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant winner receives $30K in cash film related products, and services to help them complete their film. This includes $3,500 donated by From the Heart, a hard drive from G-Technology, $600.00 for your Free Closed Captioning by NetCaptioning, $1,000 expert post-production consultation for both film and tape projects from colorist Sam Dlugach.

Unique about the grant is that each applicant is able to discuss their film project with a staff or board member of From the Heart.  They can get advice on funding, story, distribution or whatever they’d like to discuss. Consultations can be reserved after grant has closed. To apply to the grant, go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-grant-form-summer/

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IFP Opens Submissions for IFP Film Week

Spotlight on Documentaries is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.

Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference. Applications are now open. (Early Deadline: May 2nd. Late Deadline: May 23rd). Apply here!

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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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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Catapult Film Fund funding to documentary filmmakers – Open for Applications – 1/18/2016

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Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. http://catapultfilmfund.org/

Coming soon to the United Nations Association Film Festival (October 15-25th)

Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s 18th annual United Nations Association Film Festival (October 15-25th). WFI is proud to co-present the following films: 

f_drivingDRIVING WITH SELVI  Thursday, Oct. 15, Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto, Calif., 8:20 p.m.

About film: Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten year journey of a charming and courageous young woman who defies expectations and creates a new life. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on a journey of healing, overcoming obstacles and fulfilling dreams. Director/Producer: Elisa Paloschi. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_driving.htm

f_aliceALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH
Saturday, October 24, Stanford University, Stanford Medical School (Li Ka Shing Center Building) 291 Campus Drive, Room LK130, 7:20 p.m.

About film: Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story. The filmoffers a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_alice.html

Filmmaker Abigail Disney shares her passion for documentary filmmaking

timthumbAbigail Disney is an American filmmaker most known for her socially themed documentaries. Disney’s directorial debut The Armor of Light is a documentary that follows the journey of an Evangelical minister (Reverend Rob Schenck) trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America.

In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with Abigail Disney about The Armor of Light as well as Disney’s passion for documentary filmmaking and filmmaking process. Disney offers her advice on filmmaker distribution and networking. She also discusses the available funding opportunities for full-length non-fiction films from her production company, Fork Films. Fork Films supports filmmaking projects that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice with particular emphasis on those that bring women’s voices to the forefront.


More information about Fork Films: http://www.forkfilms.net/

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