The Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant

Still from Still Judy (dir. Lisa Denker, 2020 Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grantee)


Through the generosity of Loreen Arbus, New York Women in Film and Television has established the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. The film completion grant for $6,500 will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Directors and producers are eligible to apply.

Films may be of any length or genre. Films must have completed principle photography to be eligible. The Grant will be awarded to help a film in the post production phase. Distributed films are ineligible. Filmmakers must be US-based.


Deadline to apply is Friday, March 3, 2023 by 11:59pm ET.





Woman of Her Word Grant

Courtesy of Michele Spitz, Woman of Her Word will produce the film’s audio description asset as a post production in kind grant. Her generous donation will allow for the film to be accessible for blind or visually impaired audiences. 
Learn more.


Reel Abilities Film Festival Grant

ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest disabilities film festival in North America, will provide captioning service for the selected film as well as support of the film’s outreach and distribution, through the ReelAbilities North American network of festivals and beyond.


Filmmaker Ashley Eakin on the set of Single (photo credit: Shawn Lovering)


The 2019 Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant was presented to Ashley Eakin for her narrative short film Single, which explores the complexities of dating while disabled. The film premieres at the 2020 SXSW Festival. Learn more about Ashley Eakin and Single.