ScreeningRoom, Points North Institute, and Jigsaw Productions announce the winners of the Follow Focus Short Film GrantFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2019
ScreeningRoom, Points North Institute and Jigsaw Productions are pleased to announce the winners of the Follow Focus Short Film grant. The Follow Focus Grant funds short films going into post-production that are cinematic and address an important social issue.
$10,000 Grant Winner
UNTITLED BORDER SHORT DOCUMENTARY
A film exploring the government’s intervention in humanitarian aid to asylum seekers crossing the desert*
*(The title, filmmaker’s names and log line are being withheld until the completion of the film)
$1,500 Runner Up
Coby and Stephen are in Love
Directed by Carlo Nasisse and Yuan Yuan Yang
Coby and Stephen are in Love is the story of a retired 92-year-old Chinatown burlesque dancer and her unlikely love with an eccentric artist 20 years her junior. In spite of a fundamental personality clash, they have created a glamorous world together through matching handmade outfits, dancing, and collage.
Directed by Jonathan Spangler
Many Kenyans love the infamous “supercops” who prowl the Nairobi slums, shooting down suspected criminals without mercy. But few realize that the phenomenon began with a baby-faced 380-pound British colonial named Patrick Shaw. By day, Shaw worked at a school for underprivileged boys; by night, he was Romeo 9, a police reservist who hunted and allegedly murdered hundreds of suspected criminals. Sanctioned by the highest authorities in the early days of independence, he was Kenya’s first “supercop.” His story and his legacy in Kenya raise complex and emotionally charged questions of race, class, truth and justice.
Directed by Mitchell Arens
Against immeasurable odds, a recovering alcoholic living in rural Siberia fights to maintain his sobriety and the wellbeing of his family.
Directed by Tomasz Ratter & Karolina Karwan
Mudi, a possessed man who loves to dance, and his old stepmother Ibu, live alone on a tiny Indonesian island haunted by ghosts. The movie is a dreamlike story of a turbulent relationship between mother and son, who are trapped in a “paradise” and depend only on each other. It is a story of loneliness and acceptance, but also a mystical journey, in which music and dance become the way to communicate with the spirit world and bring joy, freedom and communion.
Directed by Sara Newens & Mina T. Son
Racial tensions are ignited as a historically black neighborhood in Palm Springs continues the decades-long fight for the removal of a wall of trees that many believe were originally planted as a totem of segregation.
“I am proud to be a part of this unique grant, providing funding and mentorship to very talented filmmakers,” says Alex Gibney, “and supporting the diversity and sustainability of the filmmaking industry, particularly short films.”
"This has been an exceptional group of films,” says Marie-Hélène Carleton, co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “We had over 135 entries, which speaks both to the number and quality of short documentary films being made today."
“The winning film is a very important and timely film about the refugee and migrant crisis at the border” says Micah Garen, a co-founder of ScreeningRoom. “The story, beautifully told, is an important one we are proud to stand behind.”
In addition to the $10,000 prize, the grant winner will also receive a $1000 travel stipend to the Camden International Film Festival in September, where their short film will be screened. They will also receive mentoring from ScreeningRoom, Points North Institute and Jigsaw Productions, as well as a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account.
"We are proud to support these films, both through Points North institute and the Camden International Film Festival," says Ben Fowlie, Points North Institute’s Executive and Artistic Director. “Coby and Stephen are in Love exemplifies the subtle and beautiful cinematic verite style of filmmaking this grant was created to support.”
“These are a very strong group of short films,” says Alex Gibney, “Romeo 9 is a story that must be seen. It’s an important unknown story from Kenya that keeps the drama and suspense as it unfolds a very troubling past.”
"Through our outstanding partnerships with Jigsaw, Points North Institute, The Intercept and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival, we have already been able to give out over $15,000 to documentary filmmakers this year,” says Micah Garen, “and we are launching another grant this fall as part of our goal to continue to build sustainability in the independent filmmaking industry.”
ScreeningRoom, The Intercept and the Double Exposure Film Festival announce the winner of the Deep Focus grant, a new grant for short investigative documentariesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2019
ScreeningRoom, The Intercept and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival are pleased to announce the winner of Deep Focus, its inaugural short film grant to support investigative short film.
The selected finalist is Black Gold Mountains directed by Andalusia K. Soloff. The short documentary will focus on how the fentanyl epidemic in the US has led to a spike in violence in rural Mexico.
"At The Intercept, we're always looking for a different angle on important stories, so Andalusia's idea to look at the opioid crisis from the perspective of Mexican poppy farmers struck a chord" shares Lauren Feeney, Director of Video Production at The Intercept.
"ScreeningRoom is pleased to support a short film from its inception, especially an investigative film on an important topic", says Marie-Helene Carleton, co-founder of ScreeningRoom.
Andalusia will receive $5,000 towards the creation of Black Gold Mountain, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, and mentoring as she works on the project. She will have the opportunity to have her film play on The Intercept as well as screen at the Double Exposure film festival in October 2019.
"We are proud to support a film that brings together strong journalistic practice with creative cinematic storytelling" says Sky Sitney, co-director of the Double Exposure Film Festival. "Like the best investigative works, Andalusia's film exposes something that has been largely hidden from sight and offers a new and expansive view onto an important issue" says Diana Schemo, co-director of the DX Film Festival.
ScreeningRoom has launched its second grant, the Follow Focus grant, to support a cinematic short documentary film. "Our goal at ScreeningRoom is to help build a sustainable ecosystem in the independent filmmaking space, and funding and mentorship is essential" says Micah Garen, a co-founder of ScreeningRoom.
In partnership with Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions and the Points North Institute, the Follow Focus grant offers $10,000 to a documentary short film entering post-production, mentoring, and the opportunity to screen at the Camden International Film Festival in September 2019.
The deadline is June 1 2019 and filmmakers can submit here: https://screeningroom.org/festivals/public/follow-focus-grant
ScreeningRoom, Jigsaw Productions and Points North Institute partner to launch, Follow Focus, a new post-production grant for short cinematic documentariesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2019
ScreeningRoom, Jigsaw Productions and Points North Institute and are excited to announce Follow Focus, a new grant developed to support a filmmaker working on a short documentary film currently in post-production who is looking for financial assistance and mentorship to help them cross the finish line.
The selected documentary filmmaker or video journalist will receive $10,000 towards the creation of a short, cinematic documentary film, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, and consultations from industry producers and editors. The selected documentary filmmaker will also have the opportunity to premiere their film at the 2019 Camden International Film Festival in September. The Camden International Film Festival is a program of the Points North Institute, and will celebrate its 15th edition September 12-15, 2019.
"We are delighted that Alex Gibney and the Points North Institute are supporting this new grant to help filmmakers," says Micah Garen, a founder of ScreeningRoom. "Our goal at ScreeningRoom is to help build a sustainable ecosystem in the independent filmmaking space, and funding and mentorship is essential," says Marie-Helene Carleton, another founder at ScreeningRoom.
"Jigsaw is delighted to help sponsor this grant with our great partners ScreeningRoom and the Camden International Film Festival," says Oscar winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. "Jigsaw is focused on helping to amplify new voices in documentary film. This grant with financial and mentorship support is an exciting step in that direction."
"Supporting creators of shortform documentary has been a commitment of ours for over a decade," said Ben Fowlie, Points North Institute’s Executive and Artistic Director. "This grant will provide the resources that many filmmakers need to get their stories out into the world, but are still too rare the world of independent short docs."
Applications will open on April 10th, and will be accepted through June 1st. There is a $20 fee to submit to the grant and applicants will need a Basic, Premium or Pro ScreeningRoom account. Visit screeningroom.org or pointsnorthinstitute.org for more information on how to apply.
ScreeningRoom is committed to supporting independent filmmakers by providing collaboration tools, community and grants to help address the challenging problem of sustainability for independent filmmakers and video journalists.
Jigsaw Productions is an award-winning documentary production company helmed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.
Points North Institute is a Maine-based media arts organization that produces the Camden International Film Festival and other programs that serve as a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.
The Intercept and ScreeningRoom, in collaboration with Double Exposure, announce a grant for short investigative film.
October 10, 2018
The Intercept, ScreeningRoom and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival are delighted to announce a new grant for a short investigative documentary.
The selected filmmaker will receive $5000 towards the creation of a short, investigative documentary, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, in-kind equipment rental and mentoring. The filmmaker will also have the potential for publication of the completed work on The Intercept, and to screen their short film at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival (DX) in 2019.
“The Intercept is dedicated to publishing groundbreaking investigative work, which is more important than ever these days,” says Lauren Feeney, Director of Video Production at The Intercept. “We are looking for subject matter that is investigative and visually compelling. Topics of interest include civil liberties, national security, immigration, environment, politics and human rights.”
“ScreeningRoom’s goal is to help build sustainability in the independent filmmaking and video journalism space,” says Marie-Hélène Carleton, one of the founders of ScreeningRoom, “and working with The Intercept and DX on this new grant is a wonderful opportunity to help support filmmakers.”
“Double Exposure is thrilled to participate in this grant initiative that will seed essential projects in this vibrant new space where filmmaking and journalism intersect” said DX co-creator and co-director, Sky Sitney.
Any filmmaker or video journalist is welcome to apply, and submissions will be open from October 10, 2018 to December 1, 2018. There is no fee for submission, but filmmakers will need a ScreeningRoom Basic, Premium or Pro account. Representatives from The Intercept, ScreeningRoom, and DX will review the submissions and make a final decision in February 2019.
Interested filmmakers and video journalists can apply by going to:
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About The Intercept
The Intercept is an award-winning news organization that covers national security, politics, civil liberties, the environment, international affairs, technology, criminal justice, the media, and more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom and legal support they need to pursue investigations that expose corruption and injustice wherever they find it and hold the powerful accountable.
ScreeningRoom is a revolutionary new platform for the independent film, video journalism and video content-creating community. It’s a simple way for filmmakers to upload cuts and invite team members and screeners to give collaborative feedback right in a timeline.
ScreeningRoom was founded by filmmakers and journalists Micah Garen, Marie-Helene Carleton and Jacob Griswold, and is dedicated to helping build sustainability in the independent filmmaking space through simple online tools that can foster collaboration and community. Unlike other platforms, there is no advertising or data mining. Learn more at www.screeningroom.org
Double Exposure, a project of the investigative news organization 100Reporters, celebrates the finest new films inspired by the investigative instinct. It combines film screenings for the public with a professional symposium for journalists and visual storytellers.
Now in its fourth year, DX does more than just identify and celebrate a new genre of filmmaking. It casts this vital body of work toward recognition as a coherent artistic vision. It connects audience appreciation for creative output to the rights of reporters and filmmakers to pursue investigations in the public interest; it ties stirrings of artistic curiosity to practical consequences and groundbreaking storytelling to policy changes.
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.
For more info on the grant and application process, please contact Melissa Verdugo at [email protected]
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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.
Directors and Producers: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
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
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
Tirtza Even and Nadav Assor
Associate Producers: Gayle Force and Catherine Trujillo
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.
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
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.
Executive Producers: Kishori Rajan, Chelsea Peretti
Co Producer Sabine Hoffman
Associate Producer Oby Okoye
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
Co-Producer: Marisol Medrano
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 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.
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.
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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.
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