WFPF Current & Past Events

 Growing Up Female by Julia Reichert & Jim Klein
Growing Up Female by Julia Reichert & Jim Klein

Upcoming Events

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"Growing Up Female"
In celebration of NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and UnionDocs present the film series From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film which features restored documentary films by women filmmakers. All films in the series were preserved by the WFPF.

Documentarians reveal the impact of events and contexts for changing attitudes that affect our communities, society, and the world. From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film presents nonfiction films that have shaped movements and provided perspectives on political, environmental, and human rights issues; and ideas around gender identity and roles, sexuality, health and family, all from a woman’s perspective. These explorations of story and truth, their innovative approaches to documentary film-making, and their subjects continue to be relevant today to filmmakers, activists, and media consumers creatively effecting change.

UnionDocs and the WFPF invite filmmakers and cinephiles to consider what can learn from our past explorers of story and truth, and how the film’s subjects and their filmmaker’s methodologies remain important and therefore essential to preserve and keep watching.

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November 5th and 8th — Celebrating filmmaker, animator, Jane Aaron at the 14th Annual To Save and Project Series at The Museum of Modern Art. Set In Motion (1980) and Interior Designs (1986) are short animation pieces preserved by NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund and will screen under the series’ Animation and Experimental Cinema category. Both works exhibit Aaron’s unique stop-motion animation and live-action footage collages that became her signature. (more info)

The five-Blu-ray box set titled, Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, produced and distributed by Kino Lorber will include approximately twenty hours of material - showcasing the work o, under-appreciated filmmakers, while illuminating the gradual changes in how women directors were perceived (and treated) by the Hollywood establishment. The collection will include some of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund’s most significant silent era preservations. Check out the project’s campaign, which ends on November 18th.

Past Events

September 24th — Visions: TV Dramas by Maya Angelou and Momoko Iko in the series Changing the Picture, presented by Museum of the Moving Image, in collaboration with the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film and Television. (more info)

June 1st — WFPF Grant Application Deadline. Visit our application page here to apply for the grant. 

May 5th — Ann Deborah Levy writes about the Women's Film Preservation Fund on NYWIFT's blog. Read "Protecting the Legacy for Over 20 Years"here.

April 14th & 27th — Variety screened at MoMa in Modern Matinees: Six New York Independents. (more info)

March 11th — Student Nurses screened at The Metrograph with director Stephanie Rothman. (more info)

March 27th — You Are Not I, Underground USA: Indie Cinema of the 80's Cinefamily Showcase. Sara Driver's film was awarded the 2011 WFPF grant. (more info)

Janurary 30th — Re-Visions: Bette Gordon, Program 1, Anthology Archives.This eclectic selection of films includes her masterful early feature Variety, alongside other works restored by Anthology. The programs also include WFPF brand new scans of recently uncovered early experiments.(more info)

January 21-31 — Committee Member Susan Lazarus screens Sophie and the Rising Sun at Sundance 2016, a film she co-produced. 


Jane Aaron 1948 - 2015
Jane Aaron 1948 - 2015

2015  —  Sadly, we lost our friend and grantee, Jane Aaron, on June 27th. A Jane Aaron Fund has been set up by the WFPF. Funds collected will be used to preserve a film by a woman filmmaker in Jane's memory. Jane Aaron was an internationally recognized award-winning animator and a best-selling children’s book illustrator. Jane’s independently produced experimental films have been shown around the world,including in the Whitney Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art, and are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Walker Art Center. The Women's Film Preservation Fund preserved five of Jane's films.  

December — WFPF Co-Chair Kirsten Larvick announces first recipients of the Al Larvick North Dakota Grant . The fund's purpose is to promote the preservation of amateur and home movies. (more info)

November 4-25 — To Save and Project: The 13th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation. These films join dozens of others in a three-week overview of the exciting work being done to reclaim endangered films and revive forgotten treasures. (more info)

Sept 2-4 — WFPF Co-Chair Kirsten Larvick screens films preserved by The Al Larvick Conservation Fund, which she founded in honor of her grandfather. This grant provides support to individuals and organizations for the conservation, digital transfer and exhibition of home and amateur movies which were recorded in North Dakota State. 

April 21 — On Restoration Panel, Tribeca Film Festival WFPF Committee Member Susan Lazarus will join the preservation panel.

March 21— Suzanne Pancrazi, NYWIFT WFPF Committee Member passes away.

March 24 — NYWIFT Preservation Fund Screening: The Last To Know (more info)

March 25 —  WFPF Committee Member Ann Deborah Levy screens her film “On the Train to Kutná Hora” at Another Experiment by Women Film Festival, at Anthology Film Archives.

February 2 -13 —  MoMa Carte Blanche Screening Series: Women Writing the Language of Cinema in partnership with Women’s Film Preservation Fund, at Museum of Modern Art. (more info)


Oct 31 — The Real Indies - A Close Look at Orphan Films Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at New York University and the Orphan Film Symposium. (more info)


October 1 — The WFPF received numerous applications for the 2013-2014 Grants Cycle.

Oct 13 — Committee Member Susan Lazarus presents screenings and introduces panelists at the 10th Anniversary Screening of NYU's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation (MIAP) program, at NYU Tisch Cinema Studies. (more info)

February 2013 — WFPF launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to preserve Seven Women Seven Sins (1986) directed by Maxi Cohen, Helke Sander, Bette Gordon, Chantal Akerman, Valie Export, Laurence Gavron, and Ulrike Ottinger. (more info)


August 2012 — WFPF unveiled a new video highlighting its preservation work. The video (above) includes footage from Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning documentary Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), That Man of Mine (1947) starring Ruby Dee, and You Are Not I (1981) by Sara Driver, among many others.

July 1 — Susan Lazarus represented the WFPF at the celebration of the birth of the first woman director, Alice Guy Blache, and the unveiling of a new grave marker from the Fort Lee Film Commission in NJ. (more info)

June 25 — WFPF was proud to be honored by Anthology Film Archives at its annual Film Preservation Honors. (more info)


November 2 — MoMA's Save & Project Series, at Museum of Modern Art. (more info)

October 6 — New York Film Festival ‘11 Masterworks: Sara Driver’s You Are Not I, The Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. (more info)

October 24 — Restoration Premiere Screening of Make Out, Growing Up Female, and Janie’s Janie at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. (more info)

Tribeca Film Festival ‘11 — Independent Women: 15 Years of NYWIFT Funded Film Preservation. (more info)

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts