NYWIFT WFPF Opens Its 2023 Preservation Grant Cycle

The NYWIFT WFPF preservation grant cycle is now open!

The deadline is June 15th


Harlan County (1976), Dir. Barbara Kopple, preserved with support from the NYWIFT WFPF


Since 1995 the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) has been bringing awareness to women’s enormous accomplishment in filmmaking by funding preservation of films made by American women everywhere and films made in the US by women from other countries. To date, they have preserved approximately 150 of these American-made films, bringing back into view important lost films and significant but overlooked films from the past, showing that women have been integral to filmmaking since its inception.

Just Around the Corner (1921), Directed & Writer Frances Marion, preserved with support from the NYWIFT WFPF


For the second consecutive grant cycle, The Womens Film Preservation Fund is thrilled and honored to receive continued support from the Leon Levy Foundation. In 2021, the Foundation’s generous award helped the WFPF preserve award-winning documentaries, and experimental works that are now enjoying restoration premieres at the Trinidad Tobago Film Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad; the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Modern Art, and Anthology Film Archives, New York, New York. More premiere announcements will be announced later this year. Additionally, due to additional funding partners, such as the Academy Film Archive and the Library of Congress, the WFPF is able to preserve more titles this past grant year than in recent previous grant cycles. Without these entities and individuals that make contributions, these films would have been lost to time and obsolete technology.

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From the outset, the WFPF’s ambition has been to make visible women’s filmmaking achievement in all of its breadth, variety, and innovation. Preserved films in their roster represent all genres and lengths including: narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films, as well as home movies and other forms. Their aim is to show the diversity of women’s filmmaking by including as many voices and vantage points as possible. 

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1986) Director, Editor, DP, Producer: Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, preserved with support from the NYWIFT WFPF


Please note that the film’s original format must have been shot on film.  The WFPF does not fund born digital or videotape works with this grant. Also note that this is a preservation grant for an existing film, not a production grant for a film in-progress.

Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for film preservations biennially, though grant awards are often smaller. 

Please begin the application process as early as possible since it requires a detailed budget based on an approved film preservation laboratory’s examination of the film elements to be used. Shipping elements to the lab takes some time. 

Access the application and guidelines at www.womensfilmpreservationfund.org.

The application call for submissions begins on February 15th and closes on June 15th, 2023.

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