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Women Make Moviesí Production Assistance Program was established in 1988 to develop and support women in independent production. The Program fulfills this mission by offering a suite of support services including fiscal sponsorship, tailored consultations, discounts to our workshops and webinars with leading industry organizations, and access to our distribution catalogue. Since its inception, the PA Program has assisted in the completion of hundreds of projects, including Oscar winning documentary CITIZENFOUR directed by Laura Poitras, Oscar nominee STRONG ISLAND by Yance Ford, and Sandi Tanís SHIRKERS, which won the World Cinema Documentary Competition Award for Best Directing at Sundance in 2018. The program has also supported critically-acclaimed fiction features like Dee Reesí PARIAH and Sundance 2016 selection THE FITS by Anna Rose Holmer. In addition to Sundance, films supported by our program like WHOSE STREETS?, 93QUEEN, PEOPLEíS REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, UNITED SKATES, and ATOMIC HOMEFRONT have premiered at major festivals like Tribeca, Hot Docs, and SXSW. Also, 11 films from WMM filmmakers have been nominated for or won Academy Awards over the last 13 years. In the last 5 years, WMMís PA Program has helped 136 films reach completion and assisted filmmakers in raising more than $28,000,000 from government, foundation, corporate or individual, and crowd-funded sources.

Click here for a complete list of finished films from the Production Assistance Program.

For a list of production assistance benefits, please click here.

Eligibility Requirements

Projects are accepted into the Production Assistance program only after passing through a review process. In order to be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your project must not be fiscally sponsored by another organization.
  • Your project must be a film, video, or multimedia project.
  • The project director (or co-director) must be a woman.
  • You must be based in the US to apply.  Internationally-based filmmakers may apply by invitation only.  If you are an internationally-based filmmaker and would like to inquire about receiving an invitation to apply, please email us a brief description of your project at fsprogram@wmm.com. The project proposal should reflect your ability to develop a quality project proposal and your expertise in identifying funding sources.
  • Although your film may be on any topic, the film must not reflect values that are racist or sexist. 

If your project is eligible, you will need to submit an application package. Submissions are taken on a rolling basis. Details of what you need to include in your application package can be found on the Production Assistance Program Application.


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