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IFP Awards First Ever Phosphate Prize for Films with Strong Female Leads to Philiane Phang

IFP Awards First Ever Phosphate Prize for Films with Strong Female Leads to Philiane Phang

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The Independent Filmmaker Project, in conjunction with Phosphate Productions, has chosen Philiane Phang as the recipient of the Phosphate Prize at IFP.

The Phosphate Prize, accompanied by a $25,000 grant, is awarded to recognize feature film screenplays that focus on strong and complex female leads. Phang was announced as the winner of the Phosphate Prize as part of IFP’s Film Week.

Phang is a self-described “recovering lawyer” whose family emigrated from Jamaica. She began writing after being dissatisfied with the roles she was receiving as an actress. Her first film, the short “Serena Strong,” premiered at the 2014 BET/HBO Urbanworld Film Festival. “The Space Between,” the screenplay for which Phang won the award, tells the story of a professional female bodybuilder as she struggles to define who she is.

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