WIF selects fund recipients

This year's winners lean heavy on documentary

The Women in Film Foundation has announced 11 recipients of its 2006 Film Finishing Fund.

Awards, underwritten by General Motors Corp, are given in order to complete thoughtful or provocative films by or about women. The recipients were chosen from 196 applicants from 21 states and six foreign countries.

This year’s winners lean heavy on documentary, including Lisa Olivieri for “Helen Keller Had It Easy,” Beth Pielert for “Under the Poison Tree,” Terri DeBono for “Belle Yang: In a New Country,” Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha for “Encounter Point,” Alexis Krasilovsky for “Women Behind the Camera,” Esther Robinson for “The Danny Williams Story,” Meena Nanji for “View From a Grain of Sand, Immy Humes for “Doc,” Marlo Poras for “The Candidate” and Anastasia King for “American Blackout,” which took a Special Jury prize this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Erin Faith Young’s “The End of Silence” is the sole narrative film to receive an award.

The Film Finishing Fund has awarded more than $1.6 million in cash and services over 21 years. Cash awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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