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The Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program was established in 1988 to develop and support women in independent production. The Program fulfills this mission by offering fiscal sponsorship and other support services such as consultations and a semi-annual workshop/webinar series to independent filmmakers.  Since its inception, the Program has assisted in the completion of hundreds of projects, including Oscar winning CITIZENFOUR directed by Laura Poitras, as well as fiction features like Dee Reesí PARIAH and the Sundance 2015 premiere THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL.  Six films from the program premiered at Sundance in 2016, including double award winner SONITA and the opening night film, NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU.  WMM also supports cross platform projects: this year the bomb is premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.   We also proud that films from WMM filmmakers have been nominated or won Academy Awards in 10 of the last 11 years.  Over the last 5 years WMM has helped more than 120 films reach completion and assisted filmmakers in raising more than $17,000,000 from government, foundation, corporate or individual and crowd-funded sources. 



About Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship helps selected film and video projects to completion by acting as a non-profit tax-exempt umbrella organization for the project. One of the major hurdles for any film and video project is fundraising, and the fiscal sponsorship program can expand your possibilities. Many public and private institutions, along with individual donors, require non-profit status to make tax-deductible donations. By providing fiscal sponsorship, WMM enables projects to receive funding from sources they were previously ineligible to receive. For more details on the program and application process visit the Fiscal Sponsorshop section of the site.

The workshop series, another benefit of the Production Assistance Program, offers low cost workshops and webinars in the Fall and Spring.  These workshops are targeted at all levels of filmmakers, and highly experienced and successful professionals from the independent film and video industry conduct the classes. They provide valuable and practical information about the business and financial aspects of video and filmmaking, as well as networking opportunities. More.

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


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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