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  • Monday, April 06, 2015 10:19 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)
    Congrats to two WIFD members recognized by Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival for the short film THE GLASS OWL nominated for both Best Comedy and Best Movie Soundtrack. The film was written/directed by Cathy Bible and scored by Angie Thompson.

  • Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:01 PM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)
    Congratulations to our 2014 High School Grant recipient Jade Basinksi whose film JUST YOUR AVERAGE JOE has been accepted to SXSW and Sun Valley Film Festivals!

  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015 3:05 AM | Lisha Brock (Administrator)

    Women in Film Dallas is pleased to announce the 2015 funding opportunities for female filmmakers in the Dallas area.  Click here for complete guidelines and applications.

    2015 Award Amounts
    Feature Film Finishing Fund ($1,250) 

    Short Film Finishing Fund ($500)
    High School Production Grant ($250)
    The Suzanne Dooley Graduate Tuition Scholarship ($1,000)
    Undergraduate College Tuition Scholarship ($1,000)

    2015 Grants & Scholarships Flyer

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    To celebrate 30 years of Empowering, Promoting and Mentoring women in TV and Film, WIFD is launching a November Membership Drive. Our goal is 30 new professional members in 30 days.


    For every board-approved Professional or Corporate member that a current WIFD member recruits during the month of November, that WIFD member earns one FREE month of membership. Any active industry professional with at least 5 years of experience and/or 5 verifiable paid credits can apply at the Professional level. Industry companies or businesses that service the industry are eligible as Corporate members. To qualify for your free month, be sure the potential member includes you as the Sponsor on the Membership Application

    Any WIFD member - Student, Friend, Associate, Professional, and Corporate - can be a part of this drive. Help WIFD grow for the next 30 years!  

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Women in Film Dallas Board President, Dee Evans, was interviewed last week on The Saint's Rearview on Deep Ellum Radio. The radio spot airs tonight, Monday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. CST, and Tuesday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m. CST.


    Tune in to hear her discuss the growth of the film industry in Dallas, where WIFD is going, and the upcoming November 22 Topaz Awards.


    Tune in at: http://www.live365.com/stations/deepellumradio.



  • Monday, October 27, 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the Dallas Voice for the wonderful article about Allison Tolman, and the 2014 Topaz Awards.


    To see the full article, click below:




    Allison Tolman to Receive Topaz Award from

    Women in Film Dallas 


    Allison Tolman - the Baylor grad, co-founder of Second Thought Theatre and award-winning star of this season’s hit series Fargo - will join legendary comic Ruth Ruzzi as the recipient of a Topaz Award, presented by Women in Film Dallas at their annual gala on Nov. 22.


    Tolman received an Emmy Award nomination (she lost to Kathy Bates - not bad) and a Critics Choice Award as deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo. She is familiar to Dallas stages, but has spent the last several years in Chicago. Buzzi, of course, is the iconic comedian, best remembered for her days on Laugh-In opposite Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson.






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



    For more information, contact:

    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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  • Monday, October 06, 2014 1:55 PM | Anonymous





    For more information, contact:

    Kerri Navarro





    DALLAS, TX October 5, 2014 Award-winning actress and comedienne, Ruth Buzzi, will be one of this years Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) honorees at the WIFD Topaz Awards on November 22, 2014 at 7 for Parties in Dallas.

    Currently residing in the DFW area, Buzzi is a Golden Globe Award winner, Television Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award winner, and 5-time Emmy nominee. Known best for her character, Gladys Ormphby, on Rowan and Martins Laugh-Inand Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, Ms. Buzzi was a regular performer on Sesame Street as Ruthie the Finders Keepers shopowner. Before graduating from Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts with honors, she earned her Actors Equity Union card at age 19 launching a career that has included theater, television, feature films, music videos, and commercials, for which she won a Clio Award. After nearly 60 years in entertainment, Ms. Buzzi continues to work and is active in fundraising for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Medina, Texas.

    Women in Film Dallas, celebrating its 30th anniversary, established the Topaz Awards in 1987 to honor distinguished Texas women and men who, through their own vision, have made outstanding contributions to the film and television industry. Previous honorees are a veritable whos who of Texans in the entertainment industry, including Linda Gray, Phylicia Rashad, Cyd Charisse, Larry Hagman, Ginger Rogers, Dale Evans, Linda Ellerbee, Debbie Allen, Peri Gilpin, and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden.

    Women in Film Dallas is a non-profit professional organization of women and men committed to empowering, promoting, and mentoring women working in film, television, and screen-based media by providing networking and educational opportunities. The Topaz Awards benefits the WIFD Grant and Scholastic Fund.


    To learn more about Women in Film Dallas and the 2014 Topaz Awards, visit www.wifdallas.org.

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  • Friday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous


    Every year, WIFD produces a PSA for a North Texas non-profit. This year, we have selected Dwell with Dignity, a group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating, soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for impoverished families including furnishings, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Their attention to interior details takes these families out of survival mode and into a place of positive emotional living.


    To learn more about Dwell with Dignity, please visit Dwell With Dignity. 


    WIFD looks forward to creating a quality PSA for this deserving organization. 

  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Women in Film Dallas is excited to announce its members will be featured in the upcoming KERA programming series, FRAME OF MIND.


    Frame of Mind was created by WIFD's Suzanne Dooley and Marlis Schmidt in 1991. The series has since been produced by Bart Weiss of the Video Association of Dallas since 1995.


    On September 11th, the short film by WIFD's Iris LopezCielo Lindo, will be featured. 


    On November 20th, Episode 12 celebrates 30 years of Women in Film Dallas, and will air various films from the Chick Flicks series. The show features Duck Food, directed by Dewey Taylor and produced by WIFD member Sara Roberts; Raspberry Jam, directed by WIFD's Courtney Ware and produced by WIFD member Meredith Burke; and The Long Run, directed by Laura Lilia Treviño and David Garcia.


    To Read the full Art and Seek article, click on the link below:



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