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Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Individuals to
Preserve Movies Created by or Involving Women

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New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) - Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and individuals to preserve or restore American films. Funding is intended for films that include women as prominent participants in the production process. Eligible films are those showing educational, historic, artistic, and /or cultural importance, especially in their relation to the role of women in film history. Films must include a woman or women in significant creative positions, including, but not limited to: writer, director, producer, editor, and performer.

The Women’s Film Preservation Fund, founded by New York Women in Film & Television, seeks proposals for the preservation or restoration of American films, from any era, in which women have held significant creative positions. Currently, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund gives grants for film-to-film preservations which result in film-based archival elements including a film negative and a print. In special cases, the WFPF may permit digital preservations without the making of a film negative and print, but they will be considered on a case by case basis. Deliverables must also include a digital file of the preserved film. 

Film Requirements and Criteria:

  • “American Films” are defined as films made by American women filmmakers anywhere in the world or women filmmakers from abroad whose films were made in the United States.
  • Films must include a woman or women in significant creative positions, including, but not limited to: writer, director, producer, editor, and performer.
  • Works must have been originally made on film.
  • Films must have preservation elements available.
  • Films can be from any era.
  • Films can be of any length.
  • Films can be on any subject matter.
  • Films can be of any genre, including but not limited to narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, industrial, and other types of films.
  • Films can be in any film format.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164378

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility & Requirements:
- Individuals and not-for-profit organizations may apply.
- Grants will be reported for tax purposes.
- Organizations must submit evidence of tax-exempt status.

The grants may not be used for salaries or general administrative costs.

Preservations that WFPF does not support:
- Born digital or born analog video preservation
- In-progress films in search of production funding.
- Applicants who will not agree to archiving their film elements and archival prints according to WFPF requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

The latest application cycle opened October 1, 2020 with a deadline of May 1, 2021. Please note that it is not unusual for grant decisions to take up to 6 months for award notification.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early so that the Foundation can check to make sure the application is complete. All applicants are notified as soon as award decisions have been made.

Separate Applications with separate budgets must be submitted for each individual Film.

Applicants for films that do not have elements already archived in an established film archive are required to provide a letter from such an archive that states the archive is willing to accept both original film elements and new preservation elements and archival print after preservation.

Grant money is dispersed directly to approved lab and vendor conducting the preservation work as it is needed, not to the applicant.

Application Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please contact with the subject line “WFPF Application question.”

New York Women in Film & Television
6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016-0112

P: 212-679-0870
F: 212-679-0899

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