The Belgian beer-maker will award four grants to socially conscious films as part of the WIF Finishing Fund.
Women in Film is now accepting applications for its 2017 Finishing Fund, with a new partner on board.
Belgian beer-maker Stella Artois will award four $25,000 grants to socially conscious narrative or documentary films, especially those that focus on water. Last year the company commissioned The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle for documentary Our Dream of Water, which premiered on National Geographic on March 22.
“Stella Artois has long believed in the power of film as a compelling medium to bring awareness to important social issues that affect our global community,” Stella Artois vice president Harry Lewis said in a statement. “We’re excited to continue to support female filmmakers and hope to identify others that share our passion to help be the generation to end the global water crisis.”
Added WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer in a statement, “Stella Artois’ recognition of women filmmakers through this grant program signals the brand’s commitment to both social action and gender equality. We are thrilled to be in partnership with Stella Artois in empowering the next generation of films made by and about women.”
In all, the Women in Film Finishing Fund will provide eight to 12 cash or in-kind grants to films by and/or about women from anywhere in the world. Both short and feature-length projects are eligible, as are narrative, documentary, animated and/or experimental films. The deadline for applications (which can be found on Women in Film’s website) is June 30, and recipients will be announced in November.
Since 1985, the Finishing Fund has given more than $2 million to help see more than 220 films to completion. Recent recipients include Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid and Jennifer Brea’s Unrest, which both premiered at Sundance in January, and Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s A Suitable Girl, which premiered at Tribeca last month.
Beneficiaries of the Women in Film Finishing Fund also have gone on to considerable acclaim, including Oscar-winning documentaries Freeheld (from Cynthia Wade) and Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (from Freida Mock) and Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which won a Peabody in 2015.