Women in Film Names 2015 Grant Recipients for Feature, Documentary Projects

Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone award prizes as part of WIF’s Film Finishing Fund

Last Updated: December 11, 2015 @ 7:48 PM

A new crop of female directors received a boost from Los Angeles-based Women in Film, as the group doled out its Film Finishing Fund grants for feature, documentary and short films on Friday.

Co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone presented the grants, one offering as much as $25,000 to complete female-helmed projects.

Deb Shoval scored $25,000 for her feature “AWOL.” In addition, unspecified grants were handed out to Priscilla Anany for “Children of the Mountain” and Ralitza Petrova for “Godless” and

Documentary grants went to Frances McElroy’s “Black Ballerina” and Ashley York’s “So Help You God.”

Previous recipients of the fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards, WIF said. A jury of women in entertainment view the works-in-progress and select winners annually.

Read the full list of recipients:

Feature Films

Directed by Deb Shoval
First Annual $25,000 Grant supported by Tiffany & Co.

“Children of the Mountain”
Directed, written, and produced by Priscilla Anany

Directed by Ralitza Petrova/Produced by Rossitsa Valkanova


Black Ballerina
Directed and produced by Frances McElroy

A Revolution in Four Seasons
Directed and produced by Jessie Deeter

So Help You God
Directed and produced by Ashley York

The Uncondemned
Directed and produced by Michele Mitchell

Short Films

Directed, written, and produced by Tanja Mairitsch

You Can Go
Directed by Christine Turner