Announcing 2020 Completion Fund Recipients

Mar 10, 2021

Frameline announces five awardees of the Frameline Completion Fund: FANNY: The Right to RockHummingbirdsNo Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer ComicsNorth By Current; and Untitled Feature Documentary.

The five projects—each receiving $5,000—were chosen out of 131 submissions that included feature films and shorts in documentary, narrative, experimental, and episodic forms. The 2020 Frameline Completion Jury was comprised of filmmakers, all of whom are Frameline Festival alums, including Elegance Bratton (Pier Kids, Buck, and a 2019 Completion Fund grantee), Vicky Du (Gaysians), and Sam Feder (Disclosure and two-time Completion Fund grantee). Since 1990, Frameline has awarded $595,000 to 168 projects to help ensure LGBTQ+ film/video projects are completed and viewed by wider audiences. See full list of past winners here.

“On behalf of Frameline, I am honored to present these five filmmakers with a Completion Fund grant,” said Frameline Director of Programming Allegra Madsen. “Now more than ever, it is critical to support filmmakers whose work explores diverse and complex LGBTQ+ stories. We look forward to premiering a number of these works at this year’s festival.”

The 2020 Frameline Completion Fund Grantees:

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart | Documentary Feature | Canada

FANNY: The Right to Rock reveals the untold story of a Filipina American founded garage band from Sacramento that morphed into the ferocious rock group Fanny, the first band of women to release an album with a major record label (Warner/Reprise/1970).

Directed by TELOXÍCO Collective | Documentary Feature | USA

In this uniquely collaborative coming-of-age film, inseparable best friends Silvia and Beba emerge at night to escape the cruel summer heat of their Texas border town, wandering empty streets in search of inspiration, adventure, and a sense of belonging. When forces beyond their control threaten their shared dreams and they are faced with an uncertain future, they take a stand and hold onto what they can—the moment and each other.

Directed by Vivian Kleiman | Documentary Feature | USA

Five scrappy and pioneering queer cartoonists journey from isolation and DIY work, to mainstream acceptance, and depicted everything from workplace discrimination and gender, to themes of love, sex, and a bad haircut day. Their work and personal stories are sure to make you laugh – but also make you think about the challenges and triumphs encountered and overcome along the way. 

Directed by A. Madsen Minax | Documentary Feature | USA

North By Current is a visual rumination on the understated relationships between mothers and children, truths and myths, losses and gains. After the inconclusive death of his young niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown prepared to make a film about a broken criminal justice system. Instead, he pivots to excavate the depths of generational addiction, Christian fervor, and trans embodiment. Like the relentless Michigan seasons, the meaning of family shifts, as Madsen, his sister, and his parents strive tirelessly to accept each other.

Directed by Rita Baghdadi | Documentary Feature | USA

About The Frameline Completion Fund:

The Frameline Completion Fund was established in 1990 to provide support to filmmakers whose work represents the forefront and future landscape of queer content, and brings much needed financial assistance to groundbreaking LGBTQ+ media arts projects. Past recipients of the Frameline Completion Fund include Dee Rees’ PARIAH, Jeffrey Schwarz’s VITO, Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning Freeheld, David Weissman’s We Were Here, and Yen Tan’s 1985. Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, experimental, animated, and episodic projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women, people of color, transgender people, intersex people, asexual people, non-binary people, disabled people, and other underrepresented people and communities. See full list of past winners here.

The Frameline Completion Fund is supported by The Williams & Hart Rainbow Fund of Horizons Foundation.

About Frameline:

Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s integrated programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the globe. Frameline provides critical funding for emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers, reaches hundreds of thousands with a collection of over 250 films distributed worldwide, inspires thousands of students in schools across the nation with free films and curricula through Youth in Motion, and creates an international stage for the world’s best LGBTQ+ film through the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival and additional year-round screenings and cinematic events.