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Completion Fund Past Recipients

    The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program provides a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works.

    Number of films funded: 190

    Total Amount Awarded: $667,500

    2023/24 – $25,000

    The Age of the Flowering Plants dir Magaly Ugarte de Pablo
    Bust dir Angalis Field
    Euphoric dir Cam Killion
    Grace dir Natalie Jasmine Harris
    In the Summers dir Alessandra Lacorazza
    OUTCRY: Alchemists of Rage dir Clare Major
    Sally [working title] dir Deborah Craig
    Second Nature dir Drew Denny

    2022/23 – $25,000

    AC Unit dir Grace Godvin
    Asog dir Seán Devlin
    Bella noche dir Antonina Kerguelén Román
    Chasing Chasing Amy dir Sav Rodgers
    Do Digital Curanderas Use Eggs in Their Limpias? dir Roberto Fatal
    Fish Boy dir Christopher Yip
    Struggle Sessions dir Hao Zhou
    Who I Am Not dir Tünde Skovrán

    2021/22 – $22,500

    Code Switch dirs Davis Alexander James & Micha Lyric Borneo
    Flamingo Camp dir Chris Coats
    Golden Delicious dir Jason Karman
    Lucky Fish dir Emily May Jampel
    Mineshaft: The Cruising Murders dir Jeffrey Schwarz
    Playland dir Georden West

    2020 – $25,000

    FANNY: The Right to Rock dir Bobbi Jo Hart
    Hummingbirds dirs Silvia del Carmen Castaños & Estefanía “Beba” Contreras
    No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics dir Vivian Kleiman
    North by Current dir Angelo Madsen Minax
    Sirens dir Rita Baghdadi 

    2019 – $30,000

    Ahead of the Curve dir Jen Rainin & Rivkah Beth Medow
    Buck dirs Elegance Bratton & Jovan James
    Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen dir Sam Feder
    Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) dir Monica Zanetti
    La leyenda negra dir Patricia Vidal Delgado 
    My Mom and My Little Secret dir Runze Yu
    Were You Gay in High School? dir Niki Ang

    2018 – $25,000

    Jeannette dir Maris Curran
    Kissing Walls: Season Two dir Zak Payne
    Lingua Franca dir Isabel Sandoval
    Queering the Script dir Gabrielle Zilkha
    Vision Portraits dir Rodney Evans

    2017 – $25,000

    1985 dir Yen Tan
    Call Her Ganda dir PJ Raval
    Dykes, Camera, Action! dir Caroline Berler
    Freelancers Anonymous dir Sonia Sebastián
    Leitis in Waiting dirs Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
    Transmilitary dirs Fiona Dawson & Gabriel Silverman

    2016 – $25,000

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson dir David France
    Dispatches from Cleveland dir Catherine Gund
    Encuentro dir Florencia Manovil
    Intersection dir Angela Tucker
    Signature Move dir Jennifer Reeder
    Stumped dir Robin Berghaus
    The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin dir Jennifer M. Kroot & Bill Weber

    2015 – $25,000

    Bobbyanna dir Jackson Kroopf
    Chavela dirs Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
    Her Story: Season One dir Sydney Freeland
    Kiki dir Sara Jordenö
    Woman on Fire dir Julie Sokolow

    2014 – $25,000

    Blue ID dirs Burcu Melekoglu & Vuslat Karan
    Dyke Central: Episodes 6-10 dir Florencia Manovil
    From This Day Forward dir Sharon Shattuck
    Growing Up Coy dir Eric Juhola
    How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) dir Josh Kim
    The Royal Road dir Jenni Olson

    2013 – $25,000

    Appropriate Behavior dir Desiree Akhavan
    AWOL dir Deb Shoval
    Deep Run (aka Radical Love) dir Hillevi Loven
    The Joneses dir Moby Loginotto
    Kumu Hina dirs Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
    Out Run dirs Johnny Symons & S. Leo Chiang
    Sticks & Stones dir Silas Howard

    2012 – $21,000

    Back on Board: Greg Louganis dir Cheryl Furjanic
    The Battle of AMFAR dir Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
    The Infamous T dir Melissa Koch
    Visible Silence: Thai Tomboys and the Women Who Love Them dir Ruth Gumnit
    Valencia dir Radar Productions (multiple directors)

    2011 – $25,000

    All the Right Reasons dir Emmanuelle Antolin
    Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton dir Eric Slade & Stephen Silha
    Gayby dir Jonathan Lisecki
    The Happy Sad dir Rodney Evans
    Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger dir Sam Feder
    The New Black dir Yoruba Richen
    To Be Takei dir Jennifer M. Kroot

    2010 – $25,000

    August dir Eldar Rapaport
    Call Me Kuchu dirs Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
    Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same dir Madeleine Olnek
    Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer dir Jack Walsh
    Gun Hill Road dir Rashaad Ernesto Green
    Pariah dir Dee Rees
    Vito dir Jeffrey Schwarz

    2009 – $25,000

    Out in the Night dir blair dorosh-walther
    The Owls dir Cheryl Dunye
    We Were Here dir David Weissman
    Wildness dir Wu Tsang
    William S. Burroughs: A Man Within dir Yony Leyser

    2008 – $20,000

    Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial dirs Jonathan Joiner & Robert H. Martin
    Holding Hands dirs Tonnette Stanford & Katherine Wilkinson   
    Shakedown dir Leilah Weinraub
    Soundless Wind Chime dir Kit Hung   

    2007 – $50,000

    Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight dir Michelle Lawler
    A Horse Is Not a Metaphor dir Barbara Hammer
    It Came from Kuchar dir Jennifer Kroot
    Open dir Jake Yuzna
    The Rest I Make Up dir Michelle Memran
    Ten More Good Years dir Michael Jacoby
    The Young and Evil dir Julian Breece

    2006 – $40,000

    Dissolution of Bodies dir Kevin Choi
    F. Scott Fitzgerald Slept Here dir Jules Rosskam   
    Freeheld dir Cynthia Wade
    A Jihad for Love dir Parvez Sharma
    Maggots and Men dir Cary Cronenwett
    Pariah dir Dee Rees

    2005 – $30,000

    Blindsided dir Lisa Olivieri
    Cruel & Unusual dirs Janet Baus, Dan Hunt, & Reid Williams
    Do the Math dir Mary Guzmán
    Family Reunion dir Ísold Uggadóttir

    2004 – $20,000

    The Believers dir Todd Holland
    The Journey dir Lily J. Pullappally
    Prom Night dirs Ilsa Bertolini & Stephanie Miller
    Red Without Blue dirs Benita Haschold, Brooke Sebold, & Todd Sills

    2003 – $15,000

    Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis dir Mary Jordan
    John and Michael dir Shira Avni
    Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria dirs Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker
    Zero Degrees of Separation dir Elle Flanders

    2002 – $15,000

    Brother to Brother dir Rodney Evans
    Butch Mystique dir Debra Wilson
    No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon dir Joan E. Biren
    Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary dir Tracy Flannigan
    Straight Out: Stories from Iceland dirs Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir & Þorvaldur Kristinsson

    2001 – $15,000

    Barefeet dir Sonali Gulati
    By Hook or By Crook dirs Harry Dodge & Silas Howard
    Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place dirs Kathryn Xian & Brent Anbe
    Novela, Novela dir Liz Miller

    2000 – $15,000

    The Cockettes dirs David Weissman & Bill Weber
    The Dark Matter of Mars dir Phyllis Famiglietti
    Frame by Frame Fierce prods Shawn Atkins & Luna Luis Ortiz
    Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay dir Eric Slade
    Just Call Me Kade dir Sam Zolten
    Simon and I dir Beverley Palesa Ditsie

    1999 – $10,200

    A Boy Named Sue dir Julie Wyman
    The Confession dir Carl Pfirman
    Hammering It Out: Women in the Construction Zone dir Vivian Price
    Nuyorican Dream dir Laurie Collyer
    On and Off Stage: The Bruce Hlibok Story dir Ann Marie Bryan
    The Politics of Fur dir Laura Nix

    1998 – $15,000

    Desi’s Looking for a New Girl dir Mary Guzmán
    Family Riffs dir Dawn Suggs
    History Lessons (aka Culture Doctor) dir Barbara Hammer
    Lesson 9 dir Mark Taylor
    A Little Fierce dir Nikki Harmon
    Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 dir Yvonne Welbon
    Southern Comfort dir Kate Davis

    1997 – $8,000

    The Brandon Teena Story dirs Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdottir
    Claire dir Milford Thomas
    Destroying Angel dirs Wayne Salazar & Phillip Hoffman
    Looking for Common Ground dir Julie Akeret
    The Offering dir Paul Lee
    Out of Season dir Jeanette Buck

    1996 – $6,000

    Christopher’s Chronicles dir Christopher Lee
    The Five Lesbian Brothers: A Profile dir Saundra Ardito
    Sambal Belacan in San Francisco dir Madeleine Lim
    Sleep in a Nest of Flames dirs James Dowell & John Kolomvakis
    Surviving Friendly Fire dir Todd Nelson

    1995 – $6,000

    Camp Lavender Hill dir Michael Magnaye
    I Was a Jewish Sex Worker dir Phillip B. Roth
    The Watermelon Woman dir Cheryl Dunye

    1994 – $6,000

    The Ad dir Jennifer Tate
    Alakali, Iowa dir Mark Christopher
    Cholo Joto dir Augie Robles
    Family Values: An American Tragedy dir Pam Walton
    Live to Tell dir Charley Lang
    ¡Viva 16! dirs Augie Robles & Valentin Aguirre

    1993 – $6,000

    Alicia Was Fainting dir Nuria Olivé-Bellés
    Djune/Idexa dir J.D. Salome Milstead
    No me olvides dirs Raul Ferrera-Balanquet & Enrique Novelo Cascante
    Out in Africa dir Johnny Symons
    Sis: The Perry Watkins Story dir Chiqui Cartagena
    Tom’s Flesh dir Jane Wagner

    1992 – $5,000

    Go Fish dir Rose Troche
    Out at Work dirs Kelly Anderson & Tami Gold
    The Potluck and the Passion dir Cheryl Dunye
    Seams dir Karim Aïnouz
    Sex Is… dir Marc Huestis

    1991 – $6,000

    The Dead Boys’ Club dir Mark Christopher
    Gay Youth dir Pam Walton
    Nitrate Kisses dir Barbara Hammer

    1990 – $5000

    Absolutely Positive dirs Peter Adair & Janet Cole
    Among Good Christian Peoples dir Catherine Saalfield
    Last Call at Maud’s dir Paris Poirier

    Number of films funded: 190

    Total Amount Awarded: $667,500

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