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Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Short Documentary Program and ScreeningRoom Partnership

October 20, 2017

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) is pleased to announce a partnership with ScreeningRoom ( www.screeningroom.org ) for its IF/Then Short Documentary Program. ScreeningRoom will be used for mentoring, submissions and the distribution of short documentary films made by TFI’s IF/Then grantees. ScreeningRoom will also offer a $5000 grant for Southeast Asian filmmakers to be awarded through TFI IF/Then in the summer of 2018.

“We are delighted to be able to work with a platform that shares our vision,” says TFI Executive Director Amy Hobby, “with a focus on empowering filmmakers, particularly in underrepresented communities around the world.”

IF/Then is a new filmmaking initiative from TFI that awards monetary grants and provides year-round distribution mentorship to filmmakers creating short documentaries. The program provides new audiences, starting in the U.S., with a better understanding of American and international stories by discovering and empowering more inclusive voices in short-film storytelling. It also fosters multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability for more short documentary filmmakers in a complex global marketplace. TFI developed IF/Then with major support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

“We are proud to grow our grant programs with a with a new partner for Southeast Asia,” says Mridu Chandra, Director of TFI’s IF/Then Short Documentary Program, “and we look forward to presenting these international perspectives to audiences across multiple platforms as part of our distribution initiative.”

ScreeningRoom is a next generation online platform for independent filmmakers, built by filmmakers. ScreeningRoom offers collaborative feedback and submissions to grants, festivals and awards, and will be launching distribution with TFI in the spring.

“We are very excited to have TFI IF/Then as a partner, and to work creatively together. We share the same vision of supporting emerging and diverse voices,” says Marie-Helene Carleton, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “Our long term vision is to build a filmmaker-centric platform around principles of sustainability, so working with TFI is a great step forward,” says ScreeningRoom co-founder Micah Garen.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Novatt
Sunshine Sachs
[email protected]
Marie-Helene Carleton
Co-Founder ScreeningRoom
[email protected]

WOMEN IN FILM, LOS ANGELES OPENS THE 2017 FILM FINISHING FUND FOR APPLICATIONS

May 3, 2017

Stella Artois to fund $100,000 in grants

Submissions accepted May 3 – June 30, 2017

Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 2017…Applications are being accepted beginning May 3, 2017 for the Women In Film Finishing Fund grants. The application period runs through June 30, 2017. Recipients will be announced in November. Interested filmmakers should go to the WIF website http://womeninfilm.org to find the application.

Now in its 32nd year, the Women In Film Finishing Fund will award 8-12 grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by and/or about women as represented in documentary, fiction, animated and/or experimental films, shorts or feature length.

Stella Artois is proud to extend their support of female filmmakers with the announcement of $100,000 in new grant money for the Women In Film Finishing Fund. Stella Artois will provide four $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films that inspire social change, with particular consideration given to films with a water theme.

“Stella Artois’ recognition of women filmmakers through this grant program signals the brand’s commitment to both social action and gender equality,” said WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. “We are thrilled to be in partnership with Stella Artois in empowering the next generation of films made by and about women.”

Stella Artois has been a longtime advocate of film and the film community. By supporting the Women In Film Finishing Fund this year, the brand hopes to inspire up-and-coming female filmmakers as the 2018 festival season approaches.

“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. Most recently, we worked with award-winning director Crystal Moselle on the ‘Our Dream of Water’ documentary to shed light on the global water crisis,” said Harry Lewis, vice president, Stella Artois. “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.”

Since its inception in 1985, the Film Finishing Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 220 films from all over the world. This year alone, past grant winners premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid, Jennifer Brea’s Unrest) and the Tribeca Film Festival (Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s A Suitable Girl).

The Finishing Fund has an impressive track record of selecting films for completion that have gone on to win major awards, including:

  • Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the 2015 Peabody Award winner
  • Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld, the 2008 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Freida Mock’s Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, the 1994 Academy® Award-winner for Best Documentary
  • Esther Robinson’s A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, 2007 Teddy Award Winner at the Berlin Film Festival
  • Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, the 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner
  • Khadija Alsalami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, winner of the 2014 Best Fiction Feature Award at the Dubai International Film Festival

Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant, and WIF encourages international applications. Detailed requirements will be available in the online application.

WIF LA has posted interviews with past Finishing Fund winners at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which you can access via this link. To stay up to date, follow Women In Film on Twitter (@WIF_LosAngeles) and Facebook, and subscribe to the WIF newsletter.

About Women In Film

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF's ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visit www.wif.org.

About Stella Artois

Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 95 countries. Stella Artois® is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois® is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager. Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information.

WIF Contact

For more info on the grant and application process, please contact Melissa Verdugo at [email protected]

Media Contact

For press purposes, please contact Catherine Olim/PMK*BNC/ [email protected]

Congratulations to filmmakers working to make a difference!

December 20, 2016

In our ongoing effort to support the ScreeningRoom community, we have awarded a free year-long Premium account to seven filmmakers who are working on films that demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice issues.

The Infiltrators

Directors and Producers: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera

Documentary Feature

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the real - and surreal - story of a group of immigrants in America who got themselves apprehended by Border Patrol to face detention and deportation on purpose.


Teach Us All

Director: Sonia Lowman

Documentary Feature

Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance desegregating Central High, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. Teach Us All derives powerful and applicable lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the staggering disparities dividing America’s children. Our youth-led social justice movement seeks to build the capacity of students to carry forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine and take leadership in today’s urgent fight for equity.


Chronicle of a Fall

Filmmakers: Tirtza Even and Nadav Assor

Experimental Documentary Feature

Chronicle of a summer (Chronique d'un été) is a French documentary film shot during the summer of 1960 with real-life individuals led by the filmmakers to discuss themes revolving the French society on a the brink of the war in Algiers, and the meaning of happiness in the working class. The term "cinema verite" was coined by Rouch in the process of making the film, highlighting a reflexive connection between film and its context.


Lives Well Lived

Director/Producer: Tirtza Even and Nadav Assor
Associate Producers: Gayle Force and Catherine Trujillo

Documentary Feature

Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life.

Website: lives-well-lived.com


Mr. SOUL!

Director/Producer: Melissa Haizlip
Director: Samuel D. Pollard

Documentary Feature

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968-1973, America got SOUL! – TV’s first “Black Tonight Show.” Mr. SOUL! is an independent feature documentary by Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard. The film explores the groundbreaking PBS series from its genesis to its eventual loss of funding, against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Ellis Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant, diverse and successful television shows to broadcast nationally. At a pivotal moment in American history, SOUL! influenced the country’s perception of African American culture, identity, and experience.

Website: mrsoulmovie.com


Solace

Writer/Director/Producer: Tchaiko Omawale
Executive Producers: Kishori Rajan, Chelsea Peretti
Co Producer Sabine Hoffman
Associate Producer Oby Okoye

Narrative Film

After her father dies, Sole 17, numbs her emotions with food. She unwillingly lives with her estranged overbearing grandmother. Desperate to escape, she enters a forbidden friendship with the rebellious teenage neighbors. Juggling these relationships spirals Sole out of control with food but it ultimately forces her to confront her pain.


Building the American Dream

Director/Producer: Chelsea Hernandez
Co-Producer: Marisol Medrano

Documentary Feature

In the deadliest state for construction, half the workers in Texas are undocumented and face unfair treatment and exploitation. Putting their lives at risk, one group of workers are fighting back, seeking to reform the unregulated industry and battle the dysfunctional immigration system that enabled it all.

ScreeningRoom launches film and grant Submission Platform with Women In Film

June 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (June 16, 2016) ScreeningRoom, a new media platform for independent filmmakers and content creators, has launched an intuitive and easy to use submission platform in partnership with Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund.

“The new ScreeningRoom platform offers a simple and elegant solution for filmmakers and organizations alike for the submission process,” said Marie-Helene Carleton, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “We are excited that Women In Film has chosen to use ScreeningRoom for this year’s submission process.”

“We are excited to have discovered an innovative submission platform designed by filmmakers,” said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film. “The Screening Room team worked with us to create exactly the system we need, so that our jury has a clear path to engaging and evaluating content.”

The Film Finishing Fund is one of Women In Film’s longest standing programs and is part of the strategy to achieve gender parity in the entertainment industry. The organization provides grants up to $25,000 to features and shorts by and/or about women. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 and the application is online at http://wif.org/film-finishing-fund. Fund recipients’ films have won many major awards including Emmy® and Academy Awards® and have screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, LA Film Festival, Vancouver, AFI Fest, and Tribeca. They have also aired nationally on HBO, PBS, OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network), Showtime and internationally on European, Asian, and Australian television channels.

“What makes ScreeningRoom special is that it is built by filmmakers, for filmmakers,” says Micah Garen, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “Filmmakers should focus on filmmaking, and we want to help them do that by building an engaging community with the resources to help advance great ideas and great films, and build sustainability.”

In keeping with the ethos of ScreeningRoom – to put tools and power in the hands of creators - the submissions platform also allows any member to create their own grant, festival or award using the ScreeningRoom tools.

The submissions platform joins ScreeningRoom’s existing innovative offering of collaborative feedback that they launched at the Hot Docs Film Festival in 2015. The collaborative feedback tool allows content creators to give feedback in a dynamic and engaging way directly into video drafts. Filmmakers can reach out to their network and get time-coded notes on video drafts in one place, with feedback appearing in helpful thought bubbles in an interactive timeline below the video.

Anyone can join the ScreeningRoom community for free. ScreeningRoom charges a subscription fee for access to different interactive tools and levels of service.

About Women in Film

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF's ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visit

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ScreeningRoom profiled in Technical.ly

May 12, 2015

ScreeningRoom was selected to participate in the Made in NY Media Center Spring Demo Day on May 6th, 2015. With dozens of companies participating, Technical.ly highlighted ScreeningRoom as one of four early-stage media ventures worth following.

Read the full Article

New Media Startup, ScreeningRoom, Launching at Hot Docs

April 16, 2015

An award-winning documentary filmmaking trio is launching ScreeningRoom at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on April 23, 2015.

ScreeningRoom provides a simple, elegant solution to an age-old problem; how do you get feedback from your team, editors, mentors, producers, and screeners? ScreeningRoom provides the solution by allowing filmmakers and content creators to invite screeners to give feedback in a dynamic and engaging way directly into video drafts they are working on.

With the ScreeningRoom website, filmmakers can reach out to their network and get time-coded notes on video drafts in one place, a critical step to completing a film. Feedback appears in a helpful thought bubbles in an interactive timeline below the video.

“We want to give independent filmmakers the tools to transform the way they work, and to solve some of the challenges in independent filmmaking, such as getting collaborative feedback,” says Micah Garen, founder of ScreeningRoom.

“We built ScreeningRoom to solve problems we, and our friends, face when making a film,” said Marie-Helene Carleton, Co-founder of ScreeningRoom.

Collaborative feedback is just the beginning. Garen and Carleton are building ScreeningRoom into a robust platform of tools for independent filmmakers and content creators to work together across the whole spectrum of a project’s lifecycle, including innovative approaches to collaborative fundraising and distribution.

As for the motivation for starting ScreeningRoom, Garen shared, “I’ve worked as a documentary filmmaker for fifteen years, and sustainability is one of the critical problems we all face. Filmmakers should focus on filmmaking, and we want to help them do that by building an engaging community with the resources to help advance great ideas and great films.”

Anyone can join the ScreeningRoom community for free. ScreeningRoom will charge a subscription fee for access to different interactive tools and levels of service.

ScreeningRoom, a community for filmmakers by filmmakers.

About the founders: Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton founded the award winning production company Four Corners Media (www.fourcornersmedia.net) in 2000. Their work has appeared in theatres, online and in over two-dozen publications including NYTimes, Al Jazeera English, BBC, Newsweek, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. In 2014 they won a Golden Nymph for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Festival of Television. Jacob Griswold-Moran joined Four Corners Media in 2011 as an editor and programmer.

Please contact Marie-Hélène for a login to the beta site before April 23

ScreeningRoom Team

Micah Garen

Founder

Marie-Hélène Carleton

Founder

Jacob Griswold-Moran

Founder

Bucko

Director of Breakfast Procurement