Women in Film Unveils 30th Annual Finishing Fund Recipients

As part of their commitment to support the fund's educational programs, Tiffany & Co. presented a $25,000 grant to the winner.

Women in Film Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone unveiled the recipients of its 30th Annual Film Finishing Fund grant program on Friday.

More than 250 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and short films were submitted from applicants worldwide in the hopes of being chosen as one of nine winners in the three categories. AWOL, directed by Deb Shoval, took home the first annual $25,000 grant supported by Tiffany & Co. as part of their commitment to support Women in Film educational programs.

The pic, set in a post-industrial town in Pennsylvania with little economic opportunity, is about Joey, an 18-year-old who falls for Rayna, a 27-year-old married mother of two. Joey, who is threatened by Rayna's husband, joins the Army but returns days before his deployment in a plot to go AWOL with her and her children. 

The fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for or about women. A special jury of women in the film industry select the winning films.

See the full list of winners below.

Narrative Feature Films

AWOL, directed by Deb Shoval
First Annual $25,000 Grant supported by Tiffany & Co.

Children of the Mountain, directed/written/produced by Priscilla Anany

Godless, directed by Ralitza Petrova and produced by Rossitsa Valkanova

Documentary Feature Films

Black Ballerina, directed/produced by Frances McElroy

A Revolution in Four Seasons, directed/produced by Jessie Deeter

So Help You God, directed/produced by Ashley York

The Uncondemned, directed/produced by Michele Mitchell

Short Films

Lacrimosa, directed/written/produced by Tanja Mairitsch

You Can Go, directed by Christine Turner