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Nancy Malone Directing Award

May 8th 2014: NYWIFT wishes to express our sincere condolences to Nancy's family and friends. She will be remembered.  

The Nancy Malone Directing Award provides $1,000 to a New York area-based woman director for a narrative short or feature film.

Nancy Malone was a founding member of Women in Film in Los Angeles. She began her career as an actress, worked as an executive, and then as a producer and director—one of the first women directors in television.

In 1976 she became the first female Vice President of Television at 20th Century Fox. In 1977 she was awarded one of the first Crystal Awards by Women in Film for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. She won an Emmy Award for producing Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (1993) and was nominated for Emmy Awards for directing episodes of Sisters (1991) and The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (1992). In 2007 she was inducted as an honoree into the "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio" collection at the Paley Center for Media.

Films may be of any length. The funds will be awarded to help complete a work-in-progress. Films must have completed principle photography to be eligible. Films that are already finished are not eligible. Filmmakers must be based in the New York City area.

How to Apply
Applications for 2015 will become available in the Spring. Keep checking this page for updates.

Download the application form from the top right of this page, fill out the form, and submit with a two-page description of the project; project budget, indicating amount raised to date; a list of key creative personnel with one-paragraph bios; and a DVD of the work-in-progress.

Applicants’ paperwork may be sent electronically, but works-in-progress must be mailed or delivered. DVDs must be labeled with the project name and name of the director. To submit paperwork electronically, email the form, the project description, the bios and the budget as separate attachments to grants@nywift.org.


Mail or deliver the DVD of the work-in-progress, with a copy of the paperwork, if not sent electronically, to:

New York Women in Film & Television
Nancy Malone Directing Award
6 East 39th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016


Contact Elizabeth Estrada at 212-679-0870,  ext. 39, or grants@nywift.org.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts