The Women's Film Preservation Fund, founded by New York Women in Film & Television, seeks proposals for the preservation or restoration of American films, from any era, in which women have held significant creative positions, including, but not limited to, writer, director, producer, editor and performer. Applicants are encouraged to apply early so that we can check to make sure the application is complete.
The mission of the Women's Film Preservation Fund is to:
- Identify and preserve Americans films in which women have played a significant creative role;
- Present these restored films publicly as a way to increase awareness of women's contribution to the medium and the importance of film preservation;
- Contribute to enhanced knowledge of the important role of women in film history; and,
- Work with organizations with similar goals, sharing resources and information.
A. A two to three-page statement that includes the following information:
- A brief description of the subject/content of the film;
- Statement of the unique artistic, historic and/or educational value of the film;
- Background of the key creative women, including their other film works and their contribution to the art and industry of filmmaking;
- Present condition of the film;
- Evidence that film elements are unique and have not already been preserved; and
- Plans for making the film accessible after restoration.
B. A Budget of estimated expenses, amount of this request, and plan for obtaining remaining funding.
D. Reviews and critiques of the film, if available (please submit no more than 5 pages of supporting materials per film).
E. Individuals and Organizations lacking suitable storage facilities
A letter from an established film archive or similar organization stating its ability and willingness to store the preserved material on deposit. (Upon request, the Women's Film Preservation Fund will suggest names of such archives to grantees who meet all other requirements).
For additional information, please call 212-679-0870, ext 39.
A panel of professional filmmakers, film historians, preservationists, curators, and educators will review all applications and award the grants.
Current panelists include: Ina Archer, Anne Morra, Marion Masone, and Catherine Wyler.
Criteria for selection includes:
- Artistic, historic, cultural and/or educational importance of the film, especially its relation to the role of women in film history;
- Significance of the key creative women in the production;
- Evidence of the artistic and technical expertise of those planning and executing the project;
- Urgency of the need to preserve the film;
- Appropriateness of the budget for the proposed work;
- Realistic plan for making the film available to professionals, scholars, and interested audiences.
The Preservation Fund requests that awardees appoint a Project Manager to oversee the preservation and restoration work on the picture through to completion. The Project Manager will serve as a contact person with the committee. Please provide the name, technical background, address, phone number, and email address of the Project Manager when returning the signed grant award agreement
- Presentation of Restored Films
NYWIFT will have the right to screen the restored films for its own members and guests and be able to use the film for publicity. The Fund will make every effort to help grant recipients present the restored films in a manner that will reach a significant number of professionals, and in a context that will increase awareness of women's contributions to the industry.
- Credit to NYWIFT
Films receiving a WFPF grant must carry an on-screen credit line and logo (to be supplied) which should read as follows:
Preservation of this film was made possible by a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film and Television.
Placement of the credit will depend on the size of the grant and number of other funders.
- Materials Provided to NYWIFT
As soon as possible upon signing the contract for the grant, 3 photos from the work (at least 300 DPI) must be delivered to NYWIFT.
Upon completion of the restoration and preservation work, a standard DVD copy of the of the restored print must be delivered to NYWIFT, plus one of the following: a Blu-Ray Disc or an HD ProRes Quicktime file.