Six filmmakers to get cash to complete projects

The Women in Film Foundation has announced the six recipients of this year’s 23rd annual Film Finishing Fund.

Honors went to documakers Amanda Pope, Lonnie Lardner, Heather Ross and Roberta Grossman, all from California; New Yorker Jessica Gerstle; and Rebecca Schanberg, from Chicago.

The fund provides cash prizes and services to each finalist.

Director Cynthia Wade, whose “Freeheld” won this year’s documentary short subject Oscar, was a 2007 finalist for the fund.

Cash prizes range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the needs of each recipient. In 23 years, the Women in Film Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in prizes.

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