As previously noted, despite recent strides, female directors made up only 6 percent of the total number of directors who worked on the top 250 grossing films of 2013. New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is working to change that.
The New York-based organization is now accepting applications for its four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers. The deadline for each grant is June 15th. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Loreen Arbus Diability Awareness Grant
This grant of $7,500 will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Apply here.
- U.S.-based directors and producers are eligible to apply.
- Films may be of any length or genre.
- The grant will be awarded to help complete a work-in-progress.
- Films must have completed principle photography to be eligible. (Finished films are not eligible.)
In-Kind Post-Production Grants
These grants are for in-kind post-production services to documentary films directed and produced by New York area–based women filmmakers. Click here to apply.
- Films may be up to one-and-a-half hours long.
- Grants will be awarded to help complete a work-in-progress.
- Films must have completed principle photography and be at a rough cut or fine cut stage to be eligible.
- Grants for an online session and/or a sound mix will be awarded.
Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant
This grant will award $5,000 to a recently completed—or currently being completed—dramatic feature film directed by a woman. First or second-time, U.S.-based feature filmmakers are eligible. Films co-directed by a woman and a man are not eligible. Apply here.
- Grant may be used for festival entry fees, marketing materials, video duplication, publicists, promotion at the film's opening, or other approved marketing and promotional expenses.
- The grantee will provide a marketing plan with proposed expenses for approval by NYWIFT.
- Grant funds may not be used for the filmmakers' travel or living expenses.
The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant
The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant will support a woman second-time feature film director who is over 40 years of age in the production of a dramatic feature film with $7,500. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production. Apply here.
- Grant-seekers must have previously directed a dramatic feature film or feature documentary that was released theatrically in the United States or included in a major film festival, or a feature-length television movie shown on a national TV platform.
- Women who have directed one dramatic feature (for theatrical release or TV) or more than one feature documentary are eligible.
- Applicants must be U.S. residents and the works must be primarily in English.