New Film Prize Created to Promote Better Roles for Women

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The $25,000 grant is designed to encourage writers and directors of indie features to create complex female characters.

The New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project and Phosphate Productions have partnered to create a new prize, The Phosphate Prize at IFP, to encourage indie film writers and directors to create scripts highlighting strong and complex female lead characters.

The prize, funded by Phosphate Productions, will offer a $25,000 unrestricted grant to encourage the recipient to continue on his or her career path of writing and making quality independent films that promote compelling roles for women.

The grant is open to new or current IFP members and IFP program alumni. Anyone planning to apply for the grant can become an IFP member. American directors or screenwriters working in narrative feature film are encouraged to apply. Feature-length narrative scripts should be budgeted below $2 million and can be submitted by writers and directors, regardless of gender.

The deadline for submissions is July 15. And the recipient will be announced during IFP Independent Film Week, Sept. 20-25, in New York City.

“IFP has always championed stories that encompass a wide array of perspectives,” Joana Vicente, IFP executive director, said. “With this new prize and our partnership with Phosphate, we are so proud to be supporting more stories of females in the forefront, and we hope this new program will generate incredible new works featuring and focused on women.”

“The need and reception for films with strong female leads is increasing,” said Pamela Tan, president of Phosphate Productions. “I hope our grant with IFP can help, in some way, create a space that encourages more films like these.”

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