Coming soon to Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 5 – 15)

Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival and co-present the following films:

Mr. Roosevelt
– After escaping the “velvet rut” of Austin to pursue a comedy career in LA, Emily returns to deal with a cat—and life—crisis. Writer-director Noël Wells (Master of None) stars in Mr. Roosevelt, her endearingly weird and funny debut, an autobiographical ode to 21st-century twenty something angst, the winner of audience and jury awards at SXSW.

Date/time/location: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9:15 PM at Century Larkspur
Date/time/location: Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 PM
at CinéArts Sequoia

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I Still Hide To Smoke is the debut feature from Franco-Algerian director and playwright Rayhana, featuring an all-female cast. In this tight, tense, and riveting drama, award-winning actress Hiam Abbass (In Syria; The Lemon Tree, MVFF 2008) is a head masseuse at an Algerian women’s hammam (bathhouse) that serves as both warm sanctuary and steamy political crucible for a group of culturally and religiously diverse women over the course one momentous day. In Arabic and French.

Date/time/location: Monday, Oct. 9 at 4 PM at Smith Rafael Film Center
Date/time/location: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 11:15 AM at CinéArts Sequoia

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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

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