Women In Film / General Motors Announce The Formation Of The Latina New Filmmaker Grant

Women In Film / General Motors Announce The Formation Of The Latina New Filmmaker Grant: A Six Day Full Immersion In The Business Of Filmmaking


From left to right: Iris Grossman (Pres., Women In Film, Los Angeles), Judith James (Chairperson, Women In Film/General Motors National Committee) and Gary Cowger (Pres., GM North America)

The Women In Film and General Motors Corporation initiative announced the creation of the Women In Film/General Motors "Latina New Filmmaker" grant.  The announcement was made at Celebracion Latina, an event organized by the Washington, DC chapter of Women In Film.  The grant is unique in the Latina filmmaking community, in that it is designed to support up and coming Latina filmmakers by providing them with a broad understanding of the business of filmmaking from women already successful in the industry. 

"The new Latina filmmakers we've talked to, and whose work we've seen, have an enormous amount of talent and creativity.  They tell us that they simply need to better understand the mechanics of getting a film into production and distribution.  These grants will help talented women become successes in the entertainment industry," said Judith James, Chairperson of the Women In Film/General Motors national committee.

This grant will be awarded to five women selected from an application process. The winners will be hosted at the Bi-Annual International Summit of Women In Film in Los Angeles, on October 29th to November 1st 2005.

Continued James, "By providing the opportunity to attend dedicated workshops and network with women from all aspects of the filmmaking industry, these grants will provide these new filmmakers a broad base of  skills and knowledge of how to turn their creative ideas into reality."

The winners will receive complimentary passes to both conferences and admission to all panels and functions.  Additionally, they will meet with a panel of studio executives and distributors in film and television in order to discuss the trends and criteria that are shaping the industry in an intimate conversation.  At AFM, they will meet with one or more international sales agents to discuss the current trends in buying and selling product for the international market.
Applications for the Women In Film/General Motors "Latina New Filmmaker" grant can be found at www.wif.org <http://www.wif.org>  and www.womeninfilmvideo.org <http://www.womeninfilmvideo.org> and need to be postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2005.  A selection committee of industry representatives, distributors, directors, executives, producers, etc., will evaluate all applications and choose the winners.  The five winning applicants will be notified by May 23, 2005 and announced at the Women In Film Crystal/Lucy Awards on June 10, 2005 in Los Angeles.

The Women In Film and General Motors Corporation initiative was created to expand programs supporting women in the entertainment industry. This alliance was announced in January 2005 by Women In Film President Iris Grossman, Women In Film/GM Committee Chair Judith R. James, and President of GM North America Gary Cowger.
Founded in 1973, in Los Angeles, Women In Film is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to women in the global entertainment industry. Its purpose is to empower, promote, nurture and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, programs, workshops, finishing funds and scholarships. More information can be found at www.wif.org <http://www.wif.org>.  In the U.S., there are chapters in Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Florida, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Maryland, New England, New York, Palm Springs, Salt lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  The umbrella network Women In Film and Television International, of which WIF-Los Angeles is a founding member, boasts 35 chapters on 6 continents. Member chapters range from developing nations to countries with established industries, including the US, Mexico, Jamaica, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, France, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, to name a few.  More information can be found at www.wifti.org <http://www.wifti.org>. 
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs 325,000 people globally.  Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in more than 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market.  GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's corporate website at www.gm.com <http://www.gm.com/>
GM is a long-time contributor to both women's initiatives and to the arts and culture. GM and the GM Foundation support a variety of arts and cultural institutions that promote appreciation of the arts, recognition of diverse cultures and awareness of arts in education programs.  In 2002, GM and the GM Foundation contributed more than $3.1 million to a diverse group of these organizations.


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