Women In Film: Finishing Fund Grants for Women Films

Women in film FoundationLos Angeles, CA — Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation’s 2014 Film Finishing Fund grants.  The application period runs through June 6, 2014. Winners will be announced in October 2014.

Women In Film will give up to $15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants for the selected entries. Women In Film International is making a great contribution for the 2014 grant cycle.

The Film Finishing Fund is run by Committee Co-Chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone, and was started 29 years ago. Since its inception, the Film Finishing Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 170 films from all over the world.  The Film Finishing Fund has an impressive track record selecting films for completion that went on to win major awards, distribution and network deals, including:

  • Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld, the 2008 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Freida Lee Mock’s Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, the 1994 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary
  • Esther Robinson’s A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, 2007 Teddy Award Winner at the Berlin Film Festival
  • Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, the 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner


To qualify for entry, submitted projects must be by, for or about women.  Filmmakers must have completed at least 90% of principal photography, and have a rough cut at the time of application.

The program funds both short and long formats in all genres: narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental.  Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant, and WIF encourages international applications.

Detailed criteria for each category and a download of the application can be obtained at www.wif.org.

Women In Film published an interview series on wif.org with notable Film Finishing Fund recipients called “Grant Winners Talk”.   The interviews are available at www.wif.org.

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