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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 fiscal sponsorship and other support services, such as tailored consultations, discounts to our workshops and webinars with leading industry organizations, and various other resources. 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. We are also proud that 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.

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