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The WMM Collection
Why By and About Women?
Distribution Guidelines

How to Submit your Film/Video

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The WMM Collection

Women Make Movies distribution service seeks to expand the public's exposure to independent film that are directed by women, and whose content is about women and the issues that affect their lives. Our collection of more than 500 films includes award-winning works by both established and emerging independent media makers from all over the world, and explores an incredible range of timely, important and global topics. 

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Why By and About Women?

We believe that women's media, in both traditional and non-traditional forms, presents social, political, and aesthetic visions of women that are not generally available in mainstream media. Reflecting an understanding of women's experience, women's independent films reveal the complexity and diversity of women's lives and artistic visions. We remain steadfast in our belief that media can inform and engage, inspire action and challenge reigning perspectives. 

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Distribution Guidelines

Works submitted for acquisition must be directed or co-directed by a woman, and its subject must be about women or about issues with specific relevance to women's lives.

Selection of work for the Women Make Movies collection is based on the strength and originality of the work as it relates to the Women Make Movies distribution guidelines. We seek exceptional works in all formats and styles, including feature length and short documentaries, narratives, experimental works and animation, especially those that challenge traditional aesthetics and forms. We distribute very few narrative features and do not accept submissions; we attend film festivals to screen appropriate films. We highly encourage women of color, lesbians and women with disabilities to apply.

Our primary objectives in distribution are:
  • To support and encourage women working in film and video.
  • To expand networks and broaden audiences for women's media.
  • To educate the public about the quality and variety of women's media.
  • To encourage discussion and debate about issues of international concern to women.
Works are reviewed and chosen by our Acquisitions Committee through a collective process. Approximately 20-25 new films are acquired for distribution each year. Applications and  Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The review and selection process generally takes 6-8 weeks.>We generally do not distribute:

    films which are under 15 minutes
  • filmed performances or dance videos
  • "How to" or instructional videos
  • titles which are already in the consumer market on DVD, VOD or DOD

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How to Submit your Film or Video

Please be sure your film fits our distribution guidelines. Email a completed Acquisition Submission Form with a synopsis of the project, the director's biography and any promotional materials (reviews, festival listings, etc.) to Women Make Movies. Please note that because of the volume of submissions, we do not return films or materials.

After reviewing the written materials, Women Make Movies may contact you to see a copy of the film. 

Preferred formats for submission are DVD or link to the film online.

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The Acquisition Submission Form is available as PDF File and requires Adobe Reader to view and print. If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, a free version is available from Adobe. Download now.

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When downloaded to your computer and displayed using Adobe Reader, the application will display as a read/write onscreen document. The application may be completed on-screen. The mouse will change to a cursor; use the tab-key or your mouse to navigate through the form. 

It may then be printed and mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Women Make Movies 
Attn: Acquisitions 
115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200 
New York, NY, 10001 
fax: 212-925-2052 

For all additional questions, please contact Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Acquisition & Exhibition at kf@wmm.com.

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Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. contact us