New York Women in Film & Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) calls for proposals for grants to restore and preserve American films in which women have had significant creative positions. The WFPF’s mission is to save films of unique importance in American history and in the history of women’s cinema. Individuals and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000. Their next grant proposal deadline is March 15, 2011.
Women’s Film Preservation Fund
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is the only program in the world that works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the industry. It was founded in 1995 by NYWIFT in conjunction with theMuseum of Modern Art.
- To identify and preserve American films in which women have played a significant creative role
- To present these restored films publicly as a way to increase awareness of women’s contribution to the medium and the importance of film preservation
- To contribute to enhanced knowledge of the important role of women in film history
- To work with organizations with similar goals, sharing resources and information
Since its inception, the WFPF has provided financial support for presentation of over 80 short and feature films.
WFPF awards cash grants, as well as in-kind post-production services generously provided by Cineric, Inc., to preserve or restore films in which women have played a significant creative role.
We are committed to restoring and preserving films and footage that represent diverse voices, visions and techniques regardless of vintage. Genres include silent and early color films, experimental and independent films, and political and social documentaries.
WFPF also preserves “orphan films” — forgotten or neglected films that have no clear copyright holder — obscuring the responsibility for preservation.
Individuals and not-for-profit organizations (film archives, educational institutions, media arts centers) are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000.
Grants are awarded annually. Application submissions are due in the fall. (See Grant Guidelines and Application)
A panel of professional filmmakers, film historians, preservationists, curators, and educators reviews all applications and their selections are announced the following spring.
For more information, visit nywift.org.