New York-headquartered documentary studio Wavelength Productions has launched a documentary filmmaking grant set to support women of color in telling their own stories.
The WAVE Grant – which stands for “Women at the Very Edge” – will support first-time female producers, directors and filmmakers of color with a US$5,000 grant to produce their first documentary or narrative short film (with a run time between six and 20 minutes).
Additionally, the initiative will offer a 40-hour mentorship program courtesy of Wavelength that aims to support the production, development and post production of each short, while also working with recipients on fundraising efforts, production work-flow and distribution strategy.
Interested parties must be women of color 18 years or older and “own the copyright of their production, with budgetary and editorial control.” Applicants must also be U.S. residents with proof of residency.
Student films, feature films, series and engagement or outreach campaigns will not be accepted.
“At Wavelength Productions, we know that women have the power to not just break down barriers in this industry but to change the industry fundamentally, which is why we have always chosen to champion female filmmakers and their unique vision,” said Jenifer Westphal (pictured), president and founder of Wavelength Productions, in a statement. “We are looking forward to working closely with the selected filmmaker to see that their passion and their project comes to fruition.”
Wavelength Productions – known for such doc hits as Knock Down the House, Where’s My Roy Cohn? and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – serves as a full-service financing, production and development company focused on growing diverse talent and supporting stories that highlight underrepresented communities.