August 11, 2006

Women In Film & General Motors Announce 2006 Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers

The second annual Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers competition was announced by the national organization of Women In Film (WIF) and the General Motors Corporation (GM). The grant, awarded annually, is a program of the WIF/GM Alliance, the goal of which is to support talented filmmakers from under-represented communities.

The WIF/GM grant, announced in 2005, will again be awarded to five up-and-coming female filmmakers, chosen through an application process overseen by a WIF Selection Committee comprised of professional filmmakers and entertainment industry executives from across the nation. The grant will provide recipients with a broad-based understanding of the business of filmmaking through a five-day, full-immersion mentoring program shepherded by members of WIF, which includes much of the industry’s most successful female talent.

Yasmina Cádiz from Chicago, Ill., was a winner of a 2005 grant, based on her eight-minute short, Mama Said, about the unbreakable spirit of a nine-year-old girl left by her mother. The short has since screened to critical acclaim at 15 film festivals and is scheduled at two more. Recently relocated to Los Angeles, she is at work on her first feature film.

This year’s winners will be hosted by the WIF/GM Alliance Nov. 3 - 8, in Santa Monica, Calif. Awardees will attend individual and group meetings with film industry professionals who will review with them the national and international aspects of finance, marketing, distribution and legal subjects.

Applications and entry guide-lines for the Women In Film/General Motors 2006 Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers can be obtained at www.women-in-film.com. The grants are open to any woman pursuing a filmmaking career in entertainment.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. Complete instructions are available online. Winning applicants will be notified Friday, Oct. 6, 2006 and winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 16, 2006.

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