The recipients for the The Future of Film is Female (FOFIF) Short Film Fund Fall 2022 Grant cycle have been announced. FOFIF’s website details, “Two filmmakers will receive $1000 financial grants: Nicole Otero for production on her short film ‘Wait for Night’ and Abby Harri for post-production on her short ‘Side Hustle.’ Jalena Keane-Lee receives post-production sound services from Heard City (valued at $16,000) for ‘Barrio Chino Havana.’ Francesca Mirabella receives color correction services from Nice Shoes for ‘Bomb’ while Ivete Lucas also receives color correction services from Irving Harvey for ‘The Passing’ (each valued at $20,000).”
“I’m tremendously proud to welcome these five filmmakers into The FOFIF family. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jalena, Francesca, and Ivete previously with screenings at MoMA and Nitehawk Cinema. And I have greatly admired the work as an editor that Nicole has done and Abby’s casting for films like ‘We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.’ To now be able to help further getting these filmmakers work in front of audiences is an honor for our organization,” said Caryn Coleman, Founder of The FOFIF.
Based in NYC, The FOFIF is a non-profit that supports the work of women and non-binary filmmakers.
Read more about the recipients and their projects below.
Jalena Keane-Lee – BARRIO CHINO HAVANA
HEARD CITY Post Production (sound editing and mixing) Grant
BARRIO CHINO HAVANA bears witness to how the last of the original Chinese immigrants in Cuba strive to keep their legacy alive through art in Havana’s fading Chinatown.
Nicole Otero – WAIT FOR NIGHT
Production Financial Grant for splinter unit
WAIT FOR NIGHT is a triptych of loss in America’s Southwest as two siblings return to their late father’s house for the last time, but they encounter an already unfamiliar environment in the place that holds their past.
Francesca Mirabella – BOMB
NICE SHOES Post Production (color mixing) Grant
BOMB tells the story of two life-long friends Cash and Dallas whose, when things take a turn after they discover an undetonated Bomb from the Boer War, friendship and who they are will never be the same.
Ivete Lucas – PASSING
Post-production funding (color mixing) by Irving Harvey
The film records the unique medical practice of an “Old Austin” house call veterinarian Dr. Michael Mullins on the day his neighbor and good friend Cindy has reached the difficult decision that it is time for Michael to end the life of her 17 year of dog Fiona.
Abby Harri – SIDE HUSTLE
Post-production Financial Grant for color and sound mixing
SIDE HUSTLE follows a day and night in the life of Eden, a dancer in New York City who pays the bills with financial support from her sugar daddy. Documentary interviews with sugar babies and sex workers weave diegetically into Eden’s fictional story through her consumption and interaction with social media, contextualizing her experience within a community of voices.
“I’m tremendously proud to welcome these five filmmakers into The FOFIF family. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jalena, Francesca, and Ivete, previously with screenings at MoMA and Nitehawk Cinema. And I have greatly admired the work as an editor that Nicole has done and Abby’s casting for films like WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR. To now be able to help further getting these filmmakers work in front of audiences is an honor for our organization.” – Caryn Coleman, Founder of The FOFIF.
In our first five years we’ve been able to support FIFTY-TWO projects! Huge thank you to our partners Heard City, Nice Shoes, and Irving Harvey. Thank you to all who submitted and to all who support our work. Our next funding round opens in the spring – stay tuned!