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Completion Fund

January 30, 2013

Frameline Announces Grants for Five LGBTQ Film Projects

2012 Frameline Completion Fund Provides Financial Assistance and Exposure to Queer Stories on Film

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, has announced the recipients of its annual Frameline Completion Fund.

Frameline’s Executive Director, K.C. Price, said, "It is such an honor for the organization to support these five excellent film projects, each of which reflects the talent, representation, and marvelous current state of LGBT cinema."

Since 1990, Frameline has awarded completion funding to more than 110 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. Past recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund include Dee Rees’ PARIAH, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s CALL ME KUCHU, Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning FREEHELD, and David Weissman’s WE WERE HERE.

This year, the Frameline Completion Fund received 87 submissions, the highest number of submissions ever received. The Frameline Completion Fund awarded $21,000 in funding to five independent film and video works that are in the final stages of production.

Frameline’s Director of Exhibition and Programming, Des Buford, said, "The sheer number of this year’s applications and total funds requested of over half a million dollars continues to speak to the critical need of supporting independent queer mediamakers and artists."

An esteemed independent jury including avant-garde queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, Executive Director of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Lexi Leban, and Steve Jenkins, former Deputy Director of San Francisco Film Society selected the following five recipients of this year’s grants:

BACK ON BOARD Greg Louganis

Directed by Cheryl Furjanic

This feature-length documentary tells the life story of four-time Olympic Champion Greg Louganis as he returns to diving after a long period of absence. BACK ON BOARD explores the captivating, compelling, and complicated life of an Olympic star whose athletic talent sparked a worldwide fascination with diving.

Part biography, part social exploration, the film reveals Louganis’ evolution from childhood diving prodigy to Olympic champion, and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to a sometimes forgotten sports icon. More info »


Directed by Ruth Gumnit

This feature-length documentary intimately explores a community of gender variant Thai women striving for visibility, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional society.

VISIBLE SILENCE presents thoughtful and refreshing analysis of gender nonconformity within Buddhist societies. More info »


Directed by Melissa Koch

Homeless, bullied and failing out of high school, 18 year-old Jonathon moves in with queer foster parents and transfers to a new school.

This powerful documentary provides insight about the connections between gender nonconforming youth, homophobic bullying in schools, and high school drop-out rates. More info »




Directed by RADAR Productions; multiple directors

VALENCIA is the film adaptation of Michelle Tea’s iconic novel about queer and trans subculture in San Francisco’s Mission District.

This homegrown feature-length narrative is an anthology of unique chapters helmed by over a dozen different filmmakers, largely comprised of cast and crew from the San Francisco Bay Area. More info »



Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

THE BATTLE of AMFAR explores how two very different women—Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim—join forces to create America’s first AIDS research foundation crusade against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. More info »


The Frameline Completion Fund was established in 1990 to provide support to filmmakers whose work is consistent with the goals of Frameline, and brings much needed financial assistance to groundbreaking LGBTQ media arts projects.  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 is best known for its annual San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of 55,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area. Frameline37, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, takes place June 20-30, 2013 throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.