The Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant

2018 NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant winner Yellow Rose (dir. Diane Paragas)


The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant will support a woman second-time feature film director who is over 40 years of age in the production of a dramatic feature film with $5000; an honorable mention of $2500 will also be presented. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production or post-production.

The grant has been presented annually since 2015. Past recipients include Lydia Dean Pilcher and Sarah Knight for A Call to Spy, Suzanne Guacci’s T11 Incomplete, Diane Paragas for Yellow Rose, Debra Kirschner for Mallwalkers, Rachel Feldman for Lily, and Janet Grillo for Jack of the Red Hearts

Congratulations to 2020 recipients Sarah Knight (In the Land of Fire & Ice) and Signe Baumane (My Love Affair with Marriage). Learn more about them here.

Past recipients

In the Land of Fire & Ice

Director Sarah Knight

2020 First-Place Winner

My Love Affair with Marriage

Director Signe Baumane

2020 Second-Place Winner

A Call to Spy

Director Lydia Dean Pilcher

2019 First-Place Winner

T11 Incomplete

Director Suzanne Guacci

2019 Second-Place Winner

Yellow Rose

Director Diane Paragas

2018 Winner


Director Debra Kirschner

2017 Winner


Director Rachel Feldman

2016 Winner

Jack of the Red Hearts

Director Janet Grillo

2015 Winner


Grant-seekers must have previously directed a dramatic feature film that was released theatrically in the United States or included in a major film festival, or a feature-length television movie shown on a national TV platform. Women who have directed one dramatic feature (for theatrical or TV) or more than one feature documentary are eligible. Applicants must be US residents and the works must be primarily in English. Applicants must submit a sample of a previous completed work along with their application.

How to Apply

Please fill out the application available on this page, and send that with the following supplemental information as separate PDFs to

1. Application form
2. 1 – 2-page description of the project
3. Project budget, indicating amount raised to date (Top sheet is sufficient)
4. List of key creative personnel with one-paragraph bios
5. Online link of the work-in-progress OR script (please make sure links remain live through 12/2020)




Submissions are currently closed. Please check back for 2021 dates.


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