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Have questions about WMM? Start here for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our organization and the services we offer. If you can't find the information you need, email us at info@wmm.com.


How and when was WMM founded?
Does WMM make films and videos?
Can I become a member of WMM?
How can I see your films?
How do I submit a film to be considered for distribution by WMM?
Does WMM read scripts?
How do you find the films and videos for your collection?
How can I review WMM titles for my publication?
Can you provide contact information for filmmakers you distribute?
I am interested in having a WMM filmmaker or staff member come speak to my class or organization, how can I set this up?
Why are there multiple pricing levels for your films?
Does WMM offer grants to film or video projects?
Does WMM offer filmmaking classes?
Can you recommend equipment rental or production insurance providers?
Does WMM have message boards for crew announcements, internships or other networking opportunities?



How and when was WMM founded?

Women Make Movies was founded in 1972 by Ariel Dougherty and Sheila Page with the specific mission of training women to become film and video makers. For a detailed history of the organization, see the WMM History.

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Does WMM make films and videos?

Although our name would lead you to believe that we makes movies, we actually do not make films or videos. WMM did produce movies up until the early 1980s, at which point we started to focus on the distribution of films and videos. The Production Assistance Program was created as a way to maintain our commitment to assisting women film and videomakers in the production of their films.

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Can I become a member of WMM?

Women Make Movies does not have a membership program but by becoming a “Friend of WMM” you can support the work of WMM and enjoy various benefits. To learn more about how to become a Friend, visit the Support WMM section of our website. You can also support WMM by volunteering as an intern. Learn more about the program on our Jobs & Internships page.

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How can I see your films?

Women Make Movies films screen at festivals and other exhibition venues throughout the world, and are broadcast on many television and cable stations. We suggest that you become familiar with your local exhibitors of independent cinema and your regional film festivals and check their schedules regularly for WMM films. You can also check the Public Screenings and On TV sections of our site for a schedule of selected exhibitions. We also announce some screenings in our monthly e-newsletter. Click here to sign up.
We also have a screening room that is open to the public where film may be screened for $5 per hour. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact us at webinfo@wmm.com to arrange an appointment. Be sure to include the organization with which you are affiliated, the titles you wish to screen and the date you want to come in. 

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How can I submit a film to be considered for distribution by WMM?

Films and videos distributed by WMM must be both by and about women. After reviewing our Distribution Guidelines, we ask that you submit an Acquisition Submission Form along with any promotional material. After we review the printed material, we will contact you for a screener if we are interested.

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Does WMM read scripts?

No, WMM does not read scripts or produce film or videos. The Distribution Service considers only completed films for distribution. If you are currently fundraising for your film or video, you may want to consider our Fiscal Sponsorship Program. If you need additional production assistance, consider attending our Workshop Series.

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How do you find the films and videos for your collection?

The staff of Women Make Movies screens hundreds of film each year to find the very best in women’s media.  Films are acquired by various means. The staff of WMM travels to national and international film festivals to screen potential acquisitions. We receive recommendations from programmers, funders and broadcasters. We also scour festival catalogues and other publications looking for works which may be of interest to those who use our films. Many films in our collection are also acquired through direct submission to our office. The process is extremely competitive: we acquire less than 5% of the films we screen each year. For more information on the acquisition submission policy, refer to the Distribution Guidelines.

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Can I review WMM titles for publication?

Please contact us at webinfo@wmm.com with the name of your publication and the titles you are interested in reviewing.

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Can you provide contact information for filmmakers who you distribute?

Please contact us at webinfo@wmm.com with the specifics of your request. Be sure to state whether this is for academic research, a publication, or with what organization you are affiliated.

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I am interested in having a WMM filmmaker or staff member come speak to my class or organization, how can I set this up?

We are happy to put you in touch with our makers to make arrangements for speaking engagements. Contact us at webinfo@wmm.com with the filmmakers you would like to attend, along with the date and description of your event. WMM staff members are also available to speak with WMM films and videos by contacting us at webinfo@wmm.com.

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Why are there different pricing levels?

Women Make Movies primary sells films to universities, public and private institutions, museums, arts and community organizations, for which our pricing is standard for the industry. We offer discounted prices to K-12 schools, public libraries and non-profit organizations with budgets under $350,000 per year.  Many people ask why our prices are so high.   Here is what former board member and Professor Patricia Zimmermann has written about WMM prices:

Women Make Movies offers work that is more like a quality reference book for a public library.  That's why none of these films cost $19.99 or can be found in the remainder pile at K-mart: they cost more because they are harder to produce, attract a smaller market, and present a unique vision that the media behemoths can't produce. These higher prices subsidize WMM's sliding scale policy, guaranteeing that women's film and video will get to prisons, Native American tribes, battered women's shelters, self-help groups, high schools and even the Girl Scouts. They also allow Women Make Movies to pay higher royalties that fuels new work by women media artists.

So the rental or purchase of a Women Make Movies work is actually like buying an insurance policy for women's media in the 21st century.  Now, more than ever in the last 25 years, we need to morph this year of living dangerously into a year of living courageously.

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Does WMM offer grants to film or video projects?

Women Make Movies does not offer grant, loans, advances or conduct fundraising research for your project. However, we do have fundraising workshops bi-annually that can assist you in the fundraising process. And our Fiscal Sponsorship program can assist you with consultations. There are many resources on line and in the future we’ll have a list of funders in our own resource section. If you are in the New York City area, we would suggest conducting research at the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers Library (http://www.aivf.org/) or the Foundation Center Library (http://www.fdncenter.org/) located in major cities throughout the United States.

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Do you offer filmmaking classes?

We offer a Workshop Series in the Fall and Spring which focuses on the business and financial aspects of video and filmmaking. If you are interested in subscribing to our workshop email newsletter, please fill out a Email Request Form. We also list a few other national media organizations that offer film and video workshops, in our Resources section.

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Can you recommend equipment rental or production insurance providers?

WMM does not offer insurance or production equipment. Refer to our Resources section for a list of additional media organizations that offer these services and for other additional recommendations.

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Does WMM have job or message boards for crew announcements, internships or other networking opportunities?

At this time, we do not offer an on-line message board though we do hope to be able to offer one in the future. If you would like to post an announcement to our bulletin board located in our office, please email webinfo@wmm.com or fax a copy to 212-925-2052.

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