2019 Recipients

Originally launched as the “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund, the fund is a signature initiative by The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of all who identify as women in the entertainment industries.

In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital projects made by creatives who identify as women. The 2019 cycle was the first round of a $5 million, three-year program funded by MOME and administered by NYFA.


Documentary Webseries

Sol Aramendi, The Women Worker’s Studio

Krystalline Armendariz, Folx: a queer documentary series

Alison Cornyn, Expert Voices

Louise Dente, The Grandassa Models and the Black is Beautiful Movement in the USA

Melinda Hunt, Loneliness is a Beautiful Place: AIDS Burials on Hart Island

Charlotte Mangin, Unladylike2020


Nevah Assang, Culture & Community Relations at NYC & Company

Amy Dotson, Deputy Director & Head of Programming at IFP

Chloe Gbai, Shorts & Streaming Producer at POV

Michelle Hamada, Documentary and Scripted Programs Manager at Tribeca Film Institute

Shona Masarin-Hurst Programs, Director at CUE Art Foundation

Documentary Short

Lucy Claire Adams, The Weight

Laura Checkoway, Eshete

Yiwei Chen, Audry Funk

Lydia Cornett & Jenny Groza, Narmin’s Birthday

Rachel Fleit, Ava & Bianca

Crystal Kayzia, See You Next Time

Hanna Nordenswan, Night Cleaners

Bella Randle Racklin, Floating Victoria

Luz M. Zamora, El Retorno/The Return


Kathy Brew, MoMA Doc Fortnight Series Curator

Toby Perl Freilich, Independent Filmmaker

Barbara Miller, Senior Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image

Valerie Paley, Director at Center for Women’s History, Chief Historian at New York Historical Society

JT Takagi, Filmmaker/Third World Newsreel Executive Director

Documentary Feature

Beth B, Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Andrea Cordoba, Sanctuary

Tania Cypriano, Transformation

Nausheen Dadabhoy, An Act of Worship

Jessica Earnshaw, Jacinta

Marialuisa Ernst, A Place of Absence

Deirdre Fishel, Women In Blue

Pamela French, Grabbing Back

Diane Hodson & Jasmine Luoma, Million Dollar Block

Elle Kamihira & Yulia Ruditskaya, Jennifer, 42

Dempsey Rice & Jonathan Corbiere, The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks


Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder of Chicken&Egg Pictures, Co-Founder of Gamechanger Films

Ruby Lerner, Arts Consultant, Founding Director of Creative Capital (Retired)

Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies & Film at The New School, Founder/Lead Curator of Creatively Speaking Film Series

Yvonne Russo, Film & TV Producer, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation Member, NYWIFT Board Member, The Language Conservancy Board Member, Producers Build of American Member, Sundance Institute Fellow, Tribeca All Access Fellow

Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies Executive Director

Fiction Webseries

Lindsay Amer, Queer Kid Stuff

Angela Cheng, Type A

Aisha Jordan, #HashtagTheShow

Huriyyah Muhammad, Keloid: Original Series

Hang Nguyen, Sideways Smile

Zoie Omega & Bunny Michael, What Would Higher Self Do?

Sophia Peer, Who’s Annie (pilot)

Sarah Randall Hunt, Stupid Cupid

Adenike Thomas, Addie & Addy


Livia Bloom Ingram, Vice President of Icarus Films/Film Curator

Blandine Mercier-McGovern, Consultant/OTT Content Strategist & Film Distributor

Soldanela Rivera, Notes From A Native Daughter Producer/Host

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Filmmaker

Kirya Traber, Playwright/Actress/Cultural Worker

Fiction Short

Eliza Cossio & Hayley Kosan, La Bruja

Linh Dan Nguyen Phan, Children of the Dust

Danielle Durchslag, Eleanor of Illinois

Danielle Eliska Lyle, Shield

Dominica Eriksen, Saint Catherine of Bensonhurst

Myna Joseph, No Fault

Jessie Levandov, Baby

Catherine Loerke, Sand Mama

Taylor Lee Nagel & Julia London, Lady Liberty

Machel Ross, Signs He Made at Home


Abbesi Akhamie, Writer/Director/Producer

Camille Betrand, Bleeker Street Media Director of Acquisitions

Amy Fox, Screenwriter/Professor at NYU Tisch

Jessica Green, Independent Programmer/Producer

Tracey Scott Wilson, Co-Executive Producer at FX Networks

Fiction Feature

Kristen Abate & Stephen Tennenbaum, Straighten Up and Fly Right

Diane Fraher (Osage/Cherokee), The Heart Stays

Julia Kots, Inez & Doug & Kira

Isabel Sandoval, Lingua Franca


Mahen Bonetti, Director of African Film Fesival

Sharon Greytak, Independent Filmmaker

Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Terry Lawler, Media Consultant

Juana Suárez, Media Archivist/Professor at NYU Moving Image Archiving & Preservation

Theater Production

Karen Brown, Karimah, Ntozake Shange, & Ifa Bayeza, Negro Ensemble Company Celebrates The Art of Women

Indira Etwaroo and Dominique Morrisau, 50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

Robin Frohardt, The Plastic Bag Store

Kayran Irani & Rania Lee Kahill, There is a Portal

Karen Kandel, Vicksburg Project

DeVante Lewis, Girlz in Da Hood

Zoey Martinson, The Black History Museum According to the United States of America

Grace McLean & Lee Sunday Evans, In the Green

Antoinette Nwandu & Danya Taymor, Tuvalu: Or the Saddest Song

Nia O. Witherspoon & Mei Ann Teo, The Messiah Complex

Aya Ogawa, Failure Sandwich

Colette Robert, The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel

Lisa Schlesinger, Marion Schoevaert, & Irina Patkanian, Iphigenia Point Blank

Andrea Stolowitz & Portia Krieger, The Berlin Diaries


Emilya Cachapero, TCG Director of Artistic & International Programs

Kathleen Chalfant, Actress

Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Actor, Singer, Writer

Caridad Svich, Playwright/NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press

Image Credit: Courtesy the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment