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Nancy Malone Directing Award

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

Please fill out the application available on the right column of this page, and send that with the following supplemental information as separate PDFs to grants@nywift.org:

1. Application form
2. 2 - 4 page description of the project
3. Project budget, indicating amount raised to date
4. List of key creative personnel with one-paragraph bios
5. Online link of the work-in-progress (please make sure links remain live through 12/15)

Applications must be received by June 15, 2015. There will be no exceptions.


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