Women in Film's Finishing Fund Unveils 2019 Grant Recipients

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'End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock'

Nine grantees were selected from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries.

Women In Film, Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. The nine grantees were chosen from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts that were submitted from 22 countries.

The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and "in-kind" production services to complete projects that fit the criteria of being by or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry that select the winning films.

"The 2018 grantees tackle some of society’s most pressing issues and work in innovative ways to tell excellent stories that matter," WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer said in a statement. "Through the Film Finishing Fund, we are able to support these filmmakers at a crucial moment of their journey to help ensure their voices are heard. We, along with our partners Stella Artois, are proud to support them and look forward to their success."

For the second year, Stella Artois is awarding four $25,000 grants to fiction and documentary films by women that inspire social change.

"These female filmmakers represent the future of film, which is why we’re so proud that through our partnership with Women in Film we’re able to help them hone their craft and get their work in front of the industry at film festivals across the country," said Stella Artois vp Lara Krug. "Last year, our Film Finishing Fund grantees highlighted provocative issues at the forefront of culture and conversation, making a splash at some of the country’s most renowned film festivals, and we look forward to celebrating our next round of grantees as they embark on their own festival journey.

Past recipients of the fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, among other recognitions.

The 2018 Women In Film Finishing Fund winners are:

Narrative Feature Films

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

The Planters
Directed by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder

Una Great Movie
Directed by Jennifer Sharp

Documentary Feature Films

How to Have an American Baby
Directed by Leslie Tai

Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
Directed by Suzanne Kai

Stella Artois Grants

Decade of Fire
Directed by Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vazquez

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock
Directed by Shannon Kring

Rooting for Roona
Directed by Pavitra Chalam & Akshay Shankar

Santuario
Directed by Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane