More good news for female filmmakers at Sundance: Women In Film, Los Angeles awarded over $33,000 in cash and in kind-grants at “Unstoppable — The Road to Yes,” its 9th Annual Women in Film Sundance Filmmakers Panel discussion. The panel featured filmmakers and media makers including Liz Garbus (Director/Producer, What Happened, Miss Simone?), Kim Longinotto (Director/Producer/Cinematographer, Dreamcatcher), and Lois Vossen (Founding & Deputy Executive Producer, Independent Lens). The $33,000 will go towards a number of female-driven projects.
The 2015 WIF/CalmDown Productions Grant, decided by a jury of educators, filmmakers, and artists, was awarded to Stella Kyriakopoulos for VOLTA, a 12-minute short about the tragic aftermath of a fallen economy in Greece and how it affects a mother and daughter. The grant translates into $5,000 cash from Women In Film and CalmDown Productions, Inc.; 5,000
feet of film stock; and $1,000 worth of budgeting and scheduling
The jury selected Kitty Green as the recipient of the WIF Special Recognition
Grant for her short film, The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana
Baiul, which tells the story of little girls in war-torn Ukraine auditioning to play Oksana Baiul, the former Olympic figure skating champion. Green will receive $1,000 cash from WIF, plus $1,000 worth
of budgeting and scheduling software.
The 2015 recipients of WIF’s Documentary Grant, established to
recognize and award a deserving female documentarian in the Sundance Film
Festival Program, are Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcaliffe for their collaboration on (T)ERROR, an examination of the U.S.’s so-called ‘War on Terror.’ The pair will be provided with $5,000 cash from WIF, plus $1,000 worth of budgeting and scheduling software.