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.
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list of finished films from the Production Assistance Program.
For a list of production assistance benefits, please click
Projects are accepted into the Production Assistance program only after
passing through a review process. In order to be eligible, you must meet the
- 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
email@example.com. The project proposal should reflect your ability
to develop a quality project proposal and your expertise in identifying
- 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.