WIFTI joins with Women in Film Foundation

Posted Tuesday 03 Sep 2013

For the first time, WIFTI has chosen to join with the Women In Film Foundation (WIFF) to grant Film Finishing Funds(FFF) to two films.  Each year we send out the application to all of the Chapters to give their members the opportunity to apply for a FFF Grant, this year we decided to join forces with WIFF and make a few grants through WIFTI.  The Films receiving those funds are Dukhtar and The Factory Girl. Below is the official press release that also contains information about the films - feel free to send this to your Chapter members.  The next opportunity to apply for the Grants will be in a few months and we will make sure to send it to all the Chapters, perhaps someone from your Chapter will be chosen for the next WIFTI Grant.The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone announced today the recipients of the 28th annual Film Finishing Fund grant program. Over 113 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts were submitted from around the world.

The 2013 WIFF Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films

Dukhtar Afia Nathaniel - Writer/Director/Producer

The Factory Girl Mohamed Samir - Producer

Documentary Films

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 Julianna Brannum - Director/Producer

The Last One Nadine Licostie - Director

Mia, A Dancer's Odyssey Maria Ramas and Kate Johnson - Co-Directors

Spies of Mississippi Dawn Porter - Director/Producer

Narrative Short Films

The Bravest, The Boldest Pelin Uzay - Producer

"There was a real diversity of subjects explored in this year's entries," said co-chairs Pollock and Stone in a joint statement. "The global status of women and the rights of minorities are consistent themes, but this year we saw many more topics as well."

Pollock is an Associate Dean of Production at AFI. Stone is a producer; her feature film Words and Pictures is receiving a Gala/World Premiere screening at the upcoming 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of WIF professionals that selects the winning submissions.

Of the 113 films submitted in 2013, there were 64 documentaries (40 features and 24 shorts) and 49 narrative films (27 features and 22 shorts).

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Posted Tuesday 03 Sep 2013

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Rialto Cinemas New Market, in association with the Screen Director's Guild NZ will be hosting a special preview screening of this year's SMASH HIT of the NZ International Film Festival Gardening with Soul. The NZ documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director Jess Feast, Producer Vicky Pope and Editor Annie Collins and a discussion about documentary filmmaking process.

Gardening with Soul follows 90 year-old Sister Loyola Galvin over the course of 4 seasons in her garden at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay. Billed as a film about compassion, aging, faith and compost, the film sold out its festival screenings in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and has been lauded by critics:

"What a film! I've never seen anything so warmhearted or inspiring�You will not have a better time in the cinema this year!"

Graeme Tuckett-National Radio

"This quietly moving spiritual reflection on a life is beautifully shot, socially fascinating and completely charming."

Darren Bevan-TVNZ Online

The screening is at 6pm on Thurs 12 September at Rialto Cinema in New Market.

Tickets for this event are available online at Rialto:


or by phoning 09 369 2417


Gardening with Soul screens nationwide from Sept 12 around the country. For further information about screening sessions and locations visit the website www.gardeningsoul.co.nz or check out your local paper.