July 13, 2007

Women In Film & GM Announce Emerging Latina Filmmakers Grant

The national alliance organization of Women In Film (WIF) and the General Motors Corporation (GM) announces the second annual WIF/GM 2007 Opening Doors/Abriendo Puertas: The Acceleration Grant for Emerging Latina Filmmakers.

The WIF/GM grant will again be presented to five up-and-coming Latina filmmakers, chosen through an application process overseen by a WIF selection committee comprised of professional filmmakers and entertainment industry executives from the New York-based chapter of WIF, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).

The grant will provide recipients with a broad-based understanding of the business of filmmaking through a six-day, full-immersion mentoring program, shepherded by members of NYWIFT, which includes some of the industry’s most successful female talent.

Participants will receive round-trip transportation to New York City and be hosted by NYWIFT Oct. 15-21. The grant will begin with two days of meetings and seminars with leaders and executives in the film and television industries, including distributors, financing experts, producers, marketing executives, television broadcasters and studio reps.

Applications and entry guidelines for the WIF/GM 2007 Opening Doors/Abriendo Puertas: The Acceleration Grant for Emerging Latina Filmmakers may be obtained at www.nywift.org. Complete rules, restrictions and instructions are available online. Entries must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1, 2007. A selection committee comprised of NYWIFT members will evaluate all applications.

Applicants must be female and must be of Latin/Hispanic descent. They must have made at least one film, but not yet be established in the industry. They should be at a point where access to industry resources provided by the grant would be instrumental in forwarding their career. And they must show evidence of their commitment to pursuing a career in the film and/or television industries. Applicants do not have to be WIF members.

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