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Frameline Completion Fund

January 29, 2015

Frameline Completion Fund announces grants for six outstanding LGBTQ films

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Frameline, the nation's only non-profit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media arts, announced on January 29, 2015 the recipients of its annual Frameline Completion Fund. Six independent film and video projects received grants.

Frameline’s Executive Director, Frances Wallace, said, “Frameline is honored to support these groundbreaking voices in queer filmmaking -- projects from within the USA and around the globe. Year after year, we witness a strong and steady increase in the number of applications and total funds requested from independent queer filmmakers, indicating an urgent need for support, and a great demand for the continued telling of LGBTQ stories.”

Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $430,000 in completion funding to 130 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community.

This year, the Frameline Completion Fund received 115 submissions – the highest number ever received for consideration. In total, this year’s Frameline Completion Fund awarded $25,000 in grants to six independent film and video works.

The most recent funding cycle was also the first in Frameline’s history to include support for a webseries.

“It is an honor for our organization to support yet another brilliant group of artists — veteran filmmakers as well as fresh new voices — during this funding cycle. We are especially pleased that this year’s Completion grants support films by and about those who are underrepresented in media: women, people of color, and gender nonconforming individuals,” added Frameline’s Director of Exhibition and Programming, Des Buford.

An independent jury including Vivian Kleiman, documentary filmmaker; Cornelius Moore, co-director of film distributor California News Reel; and Joanne Parsont, educational film consultant, selected the following six recipients of this year’s grants:


Directed by Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan / Turkey / (Documentary Feature)

A transgender man struggles with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey. Constrained by identification cards color-coded for gender, will he finally be considered for a Blue ID?

DYKE CENTRAL (Episodes 6-10)

Directed by Florencia Manovil / USA / (Webseries)

Oakland-based dramedy webseries DYKE CENTRAL centers on 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves. http://www.dykecentral.com


Directed by Sharon Shattuck / USA / (Documentary Feature)

When filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s artist dad came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. The changes to Trisha's appearance were difficult for her straight-identified physician wife to accept, but they stayed together. As the Shattucks regroup in 2013 to plan Sharon’s wedding, the filmmaker asks her parents, who are now going on 33 years of marriage, for advice. FROM THIS DAY FORWARD is a conversation about love in a very modern family. http://www.fromthisdayforwardfilm.com


Directed by Josh Kim / Thailand, Indonesia & USA / (Narrative Feature)

Adapted from the U.S. bestselling book "Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Josh Kim’s feature film directorial debut HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) tells the coming-of-age drama of two brothers struggling to survive and stay together in a land plagued by social and economic inequality.

In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When his older brother Ek faces this possibility of being drafted, 11-year old Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself. http://www.winatcheckers.com


Directed by Jenni Olson / USA / (Documentary Feature)

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, THE ROYAL ROAD offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, butch identity and Hitchcock’s VERTIGO, against a contemplative backdrop of California urban landscapes. www.royalroadmovie.com


Directed by Eric Juhola / USA / (Documentary Feature)

A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they decide to fight for the rights of their 6 year-old transgender daughter. The film asks the universal question that every parent can relate to: “How far would you be willing to go to win equal rights for your child, and how far is too far?”


The Frameline Completion Fund was established in 1990 to provide support to filmmakers whose work represents the forefront and future landscape of queer filmmaking, and brings much needed financial assistance to groundbreaking LGBTQ media arts projects.

Past recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund include Dee Rees’ PARIAH, Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI, Desiree Akhavan’s APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning FREEHELD, and David Weissman’s WE WERE HERE.

Submissions are accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animation, and experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, submissions by women and people of color are especially encouraged.

The Frameline Completion Fund is supported in part by The Bob Ross Foundation.

About Frameline
Founded in 1977, Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts non-profit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the world.

Frameline’s annual San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. With an annual attendance of 65,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area.

Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival takes place June
18-28, 2015 throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. www.frameline.org

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