Fall 2020 Winners Announced for the Final Edition of the SFFILM Westridge Grants
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SFFILM today, in partnership with the Westridge Foundation, announced the six films that will receive a total of $ 100,000 from the SFFILM Westridge Funding Program. As one of the few grants available to filmmakers in the development phase, an SFILM Westridge grant helps “protect filmmakers' creative processes and give them the time and space to properly focus on shaping their story, structure, characters and topics as well as refinement to focus their projects before they deal with funding, production and beyond. "

SFFILM and the Westridge Foundation also announce that this sixth edition will be the last for this grant, which was initiated in 2017. "We are deeply proud of this three-year partnership with the Westridge Foundation and their innovative approach to directly supporting the filmmaking process," said Lauren McBride, SFFILM director of artist development, in a press release. “All of the films we have funded through this program are risky. These are not prestige projects that are already meant for greatness. They are the seed for important stories that have to be turned into important films. We are grateful to the Rachleff family and the Westridge Foundation for their vision and generosity, and look forward to the years to come as the remarkable artists we have jointly supported realize their visions, create their films and share their stories with audiences everywhere . ”

The panelists who reviewed the finalists' contributions were Sofia Alicastro, Artist Development Manager at SFFILM, Filmmaking Programs; Lauren McBride, SFFILM director of artist development; Huriyyah Muhammad, producer, Farewell Amor; Bryce Norbitz, director of scripting programs at the Tribeca Film Institute; and Shelby Rachleff, program manager at the Westridge Foundation.

In a statement, the jury said: “We are very excited to be putting together this sixth and final cohort of SFFILM Westridge Fellows. This exciting panel shows clear vision, audacity of voice and a cast of compelling characters. The stories anticipate capturing the past through family, country and community and building a newly shaped future. We were impressed by the variety of locations, experiences and backgrounds of this diverse and interesting group of filmmakers. We are grateful and proud to support these storytellers as they invest time and focus on the earliest stages of the creative process. "

The 2020 publication of Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth, was an award winner in the opening round of SFFILM Westridge Grants. This final edition specifically includes the second post by Minding the Gap director Bing Liu.

The panelists who reviewed the finalists' contributions were Sofia Alicastro, Artist Development Manager at SFFILM, Filmmaking Programs; Lauren McBride, SFFILM director of artist development; Huriyyah Muhammad, producer, Farewell Amor; Bryce Norbitz, director of scripting programs at the Tribeca Film Institute; and Shelby Rachleff, program manager at the Westridge Foundation.

FALL 2020 SFFILM WESTRIDGE GRANT WINNER

Cracks
Bing Liu, writer / director / producer; Jason Berman and Angela Lee, producers – $ 20,000
A Chinese-American teenager controls his first romantic relationship and finds out how to save his mother and half-brother from an abusive stepfather.

Frybread Face and me
Billy Luther, writer / director / producer – $ 20,000
Two teenage Navajo cousins ​​from different worlds meet during a summer when they tend sheep at their grandmother's Arizona ranch while learning about their family's past and themselves.

Galilee, Rhode Island
Christina Tucker, writer / director – $ 20,000
A recently released fisherman falls in love with a drifter with a troubled past.

Rosa Casa
Robert T. Herrera, writer / director / producer – $ 20,000
In the industrial districts of South Texas, a Tejano oil refinery worker raises his orphaned and selectively mute 12-year-old niece. After being discovered by the national art media for painting every inch of her home pink and showing amazing creative talent, a well-known 80-year-old New York art icon and his daughter get in touch. Their visit prompts the two different families to uncover their losses and face their coupled futures.

canned goods
Micah Ariel Watson, writer / director / producer – $ 20,000
When a troubled dancer falls in love with an ex-offender who appears young but was mysteriously born 150 years ago, a former slave town across Black Kansas experiences a long-awaited cultural and spiritual revival.

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