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WIFD Announces Recipients for the 2014 Grants and Scholarship Program

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:09 AM | Anonymous



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Angie Thompson






DALLAS, TX – October 3, 2014 – Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) announced its 2014 Grants and Scholarship recipients at the 13th Annual Chick Flicks Film Festival on October 2 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.  As the local Dallas chapter of Women in Film celebrates its 30th year, the 2014 WIFD Grants and Scholarship Program makes available to female filmmakers two grants and one college tuition scholarship.  Since 1991, WIFD has proudly provided 40 women in the North Texas area with a nearly $60,000 in college tuition scholarships and finishing fund grants.  

“This grants and scholarship opportunity is an exciting time for women in our industry to celebrate their creative talents.  Making these funds available to women who are completing a film or completing their college education in film, embodies our Chapter’s mission to Empower, Promote, and Mentor,” said Angie Thompson, 2014 Grants and Scholarship Chair.

The 2014 $3,000 Film Finishing Fund’s recipient is director/ writer, Courtney Ware for her feature length film, Sunny in the Dark. The story is about the parallel lives of two individuals and the dark places they experience. The WIFD Finishing Grant provides funds for an existing project that is 90% completed and ready for post production (or finishing) services.

Lauren Cater, a documentary film maker and MFA student at the University of Texas Denton, is the 2014 Scholarship recipient. The $3,000 College Tuition Scholarship provides financial assistance to a female college student majoring in film, television, or video production at an accredited North Texas college (undergraduate or graduate).  Lauren is currently pursuing her higher degree in documentary film, after completing her undergraduate degree in film and television at UNT.

Jade Basinski, a 12th grade Greenhill student, is the 2014 recipient of the $500 High School Production Grant. The high school grant gives a female high school student the means to create an original short film (4 – 10 minutes).  Jade’s animated projects have already established her as a stop motion filmmaker. Her films have screened at the Texas High School Division of South by Southwest in 2013, the High School Division of the Dallas International Film Festival, and the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit organization and part of a global community that empowers, promotes and mentors women in the film, television, and digital media industry through networking, recognition, and educational opportunities.

To learn more about Women in Film Dallas, the Grants & Scholarship Program, and upcoming Women in Film 30th year celebration events, visit www.wifdallas.org.

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