CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF
THE 2013 FILM FINISHING FUND GRANTS
THE NEXT GRANT CYCLE WILL BEGIN IN MARCH 2014
The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone announced the recipients of the 28th annual Film Finishing Fund grant program. Over 113 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts were submitted from all over the world during 2013 cycle.
Netflix returned for the fifth year as major contributor of cash grants to the Fund. They have generously supported the program and have provided distribution recommendations and brand association at screenings. And for the first time, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) has joined Netflix as a grantor to provide additional finishing funds to our two international narrative winners, Duhktar and Factory Girls.
The FFF also benefited from several other benefactors. This year, for the first time, PIX, the leading collaboration platform for the entertainment industry, partnered with the Women in Film, Film Finishing Fund to provide a secure platform for viewing this year's submissions. Also, Entertainment Partners, along with Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling, is offering a package of software to one of our winning narrative feature films.The 2013 WIFF Film Finishing Fund winners are:
Narrative Feature Films: Afia Nathaniel's Dukhtar and Mohamed Samir's The Factory Girl
Documentary Films: Julianna Brannum's Ladonna Harris: Indian 101; Nadine Licostie's The Last One; Maria Ramas & Kate Johnson's Mia, A Dancer's Odyssey and Dawn Porter's Spies of Mississippi.
Short Film: Pelin Uzay's The Bravest, The Boldest
The Foundation sincerely thanks Netflix and our amazing panel of judges for their invaluable support.
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THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST
Pelin Uzay – Producer
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the projects in Harlem to tell Sayeeda Porter that her son has been killed in the war in the Middle East. She eludes them on an inner journey to gather herself before she receives the news officially---news that she already knows from the moment she sees their uniforms.
Afia Nathaniel – Writer/Director/Producer,
A Pakistani mother goes on an extraordinary journey to save her ten year old daughter from an arranged marriage. Based on a true story.
THE FACTORY GIRL
Mohamed Samir – Producer
A factory worker in a low middle class area has feelings for her supervisor despite class differences, but must deal with societal pressures when a pregnancy test is found at work. An examination of life in Cairo for a working young woman with hopes, aspirations, and intelligence.
LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101
Julianna Brannum – Director/Producer
Comanche activist LaDonna Harris has led an extensive life of Native political and social activism. The documentary explores how traditional cultural and leadership values are passed on to new generations.
THE LAST ONE
Nadine Licostie – Director - New York, NY
The quest to sew the last panel into the AIDS Memorial Quilt would mean that the scourge of AIDS, the most devastating pandemic in the history of humankind, has come to a close. The filmmakers explore the history of the quilt and the breadth and diversity of those AIDS has affected, through moving portraits of the originators of the quilt and the quilt workers who maintain and contribute squares to the quilt.
MIA, A DANCER'S ODYSSEY
Maria Ramas - Director/Producer Kate Johnson - Director
Culver City, CA
A daughter's promise to tell her mother's story becomes the unfolding of the remarkable life of celebrated 20th Century ballerina, Mia Slavenska: a life in dance, of exile and return, of failure and success, and coming to terms with the impermanence and impact of a life in art.
SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI
Dawn Porter – Director/Producer
A look at the State of Mississippi's little known efforts to undermine the Civil Rights Movement using a network of both black and white spies who pretended to work for civil rights, while betraying the heroes who fought for equality, and the impact that the betrayal had on the movement and on the families of the spies and the activists themselves.