Applications open for the Women In Film Foundation 2014 Film Finishing Fund Grants

Posted Monday 24 Mar 2014

WIFT NZ members have been successful in applying for this grant in the past, so dust up your application skills and get the paperwork in.

The 2013 grant winners include Pelin Uzay, producer of The Bravest, the Boldest, nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize At Sundance 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the Women In Film Foundation's 2014 Film Finishing Fund grants. The  application period runs until June 6, 2014. Winners will be announced in October 2014.

Women In Film will give up to US$15,000 in cash, in-kind and consultation grants for the selected entries.

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 US$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

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What a Swell Party It Was!

Posted Monday 24 Mar 2014

It's nearly two weeks since the WIFT Awards were presented in the beautiful Grand Tearoom at Heritage Auckland.  The evening was a great success (you can see lots of photos on our Facebook page and pics of each of the winners have been loaded onto the home page at

If you weren't there you missed out on a night of celebration and chat that carried on at various watering spots around the city. And best of all no one left hungry (delicious food and plenty of it) or empty handed (great goodie bags, thank you sponsors)

One highlight was the fabulous one-off performance by the WIFT Sisters - Amanda Billing, Teremoana Rapley, Romy Hooper and Alexandra McKellar. Encore next year ladies!

We could not have run the Awards without our generous sponsors:

South Pacific Pictures

Great Southern Film & Television

Images & Sound

Te Puni K?kiri

Professional Lighting Services

Queenstown Camera Company


Fulcrum Media Finance.

We are planning to have another event but can't confirm dates at this stage. Sponsors are always welcome to approach us, so please think about giving WIFT your support for a future awards ceremony.


Patricia Watson

National Manager