Five Narrative Feature Winners Announced for Fall 2019 SFFILM Westridge Grant

Filmmaker Magazine | 11/12/2019 | Scott Macaulay
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by Scott Macaulay

SFFILM, in partnership with the Westridge Foundation, announced today the five narrative feature film projects that will receive $100,000 in development funding from the organization. Awarded twice annually, the SFFILM Westridge Grants are one of the few U.S. sources of grant support for narrative features in the development phase. The grants target US-based filmmakers whose films take place primarily in the States and which focus on “social issues and questions of our time.”

Portraits - Texture - Memories - Dirt - Taste


Through lyrical portraits evoking the texture of memories, all dirt roads taste of salt viscerally and experientially explores the life of a Black woman in Tennessee, from her youth to her older years.


Baptism. 
Isabel Sandoval, writer/director; Carlo Velayo, producer – screenwriting – $20,000


Ellen - Transwoman - Baby - Husband - Brooklyn

Ellen, a mixed-Filipino transwoman raising an adopted baby with her husband in Brooklyn, unknowingly gets reconnected with Rebecca, a working-class Caucasian woman who had given her up for adoption as an infant son. The two mothers ultimately realize that their frayed bond goes deeper than the biological.


After getting her period for the first time at a remote resort on the Oregon coast, a girl discovers a coven of maids harvesting her virgin blood.

Joy - Pain - Sanford - Jenkins - Writer/director/producer


Joy and Pain
. Sanford Jenkins, writer/director/producer – screenwriting – $20,000


An exploration of two families, through the lovers who unravel and bind them, as they prepare for a new child.




Unexpectedly hit with a huge debt, two Black students at a PWI in rapidly gentrifying North Philadelphia are forced to come up with money quick. They unknowingly find themselves at the center...
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