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Netflix and Women In Film Partner for Women In Film Foundations Film Finishing Fund

WIFF Announces Submission Deadlines for 2009 Grant Recipients


March 16, 2009
The Women In Film Foundation today announced that Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, has come on board as a key partner to the Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund.  The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants and in-kind donations to independent filmmakers to help complete and debut their work. Netflix will support the Film Finishing Fund by offering additional funding, distribution, mentorship and guidance to grant recipients.  

To date, the program, which has provided grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, has awarded more than $2 million in cash and in-kind aid through support from Women In Film and companies such as Netflix. Most recently, one of the films the FFF supported, Freeheld, won the 2008 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short.  

“We are gratified by Netflix’s support of WIFF’s mission to help aspiring filmmakers achieve their highest potential in the marketplace,” said Sharon Lawrence, Chair of Women In Film Foundation.  “Beyond the financial support for our Film Finishing Fund, this partnership signifies the value an industry leader like Netflix places on our goals of supporting the vision of independent filmmakers.”

“Netflix is excited to help provide opportunities for all filmmakers, so that as many fresh voices as possible will have a chance to be heard through film,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “Our ten million subscribers with their diverse taste and viewing habits all agree on one thing and that is the value of unique and interesting content. We are proud to support female filmmakers seeking greater exposure in this country.”

With 23 years of history, the WIFF Film Finishing Fund has maintained a record of great success.  Many of the recipients have screened and received awards at festivals worldwide including Sundance, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, Montreal, and Avignon and have won major awards including Emmy Awards® and Academy Awards.

In addition, the FFF today announced that filmmakers interested in submitting works can apply for the 2009 grant cycle as of March 2, 2009. Accepting applications worldwide, the FFF accepts films of any length, be it documentary, narrative or animated. Filmmakers must have at least a rough cut available for submission. All applications must be submitted to the Foundation prior to April 24th in order to be considered for the next round of grants, awarded in late July 2009.  For more information, visit www.wif.org or for questions, contact Erin Condron, Foundation Administrator at foundation@wif.org.

About Women In Film

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communications and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries.  Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide members with an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission.  In the independent film world, WIF focuses on assisting female independent filmmakers who have exhibited advanced and innovative skills, specifically through its Film Finishing Fund and award-winning PSA Program.  For more information about Women In Film and programs, visit www.wif.org.

About Netflix, Inc.
Netflix, Inc. is the world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than nine million subscribers.  For one low monthly price, Netflix members can get DVDs delivered to their homes and can instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs, PCs and Macs, all in unlimited amounts.  Members can choose from over 100,000 DVD titles and a growing library of more than 12,000 choices that can be watched instantly.  There are never any due dates or late fees.  DVDs are delivered free to members by first class mail, with a postage-paid return envelope, from more than 55 distribution centers.  More than 95 percent of Netflix members live in areas that generally receive shipments in one business day.  Netflix is also partnering with leading consumer electronics companies to offer a range of devices that can instantly stream movies and TV episodes to members’ TVs from Netflix.  For more information, visit www.netflix.com.



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