Women Make Movies
Debra Zimmerman has been Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world and its internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have won prizes at the last five Sundance Film Festivals and been nominated or won Academy Awards in five of the last six years. She has curated video and film exhibitions for numerous organizations, including the American Film Institute, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. She has lectured on women's media and taught workshops on the distribution and marketing of independent film and video throughout the world. Author of "How to Choose a Distributor and Not Cry Yourself to Sleep", and has consulted with numerous organizations and independent producers on new media distribution strategies. Associate producer of "Why Women Stay", a video documentary on battered women. She has also been a jury member for many international film festivals, most recently for the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, Iran’s Cinema Verite Film Festival, the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival. Zimmerman also served on the Selection Committee for the Musuem of Modern Art’s 2011 Documentary Fortnight Exhibition. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Award at the Rochester International Film Festival, the Halfway To Hollywood Award, and an Athena Film Festival award.
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
NY 10013 New York
Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and Production Assistance Program.
Documentary and International Distribution - Seminar - 2003
Women Make Movies is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world and its internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have won prizes at the last five Sundance Film Festivals and been nominated or won Academy Awards in five of the last six years.
What are the ways the company gets involved? / Distributor, Executive Producer, Co-Producer, Sales Agent…. Will it be the same also the next year? Please explain if there are any changes planned:
We acquire films for distribution in North America for all markets. We also look for a small number of domestic and international projects to work with in production, helping them to raise money through US non-profit sources and broadcast co-production or pre-sales.
Documentary genre(s) preferred:
All kinds of documentary. For distribution films must be BOTH by and about women.
Average number of titles annually acquired:
Three recent titles from international companies. Please specify the countries or territories:
Pink Saris, North America The Price of Sex, North America Weapon of War, US and English speaking Canada.
Cash advance / Guarantees:
Other platforms / VOD, mobile, podcasting, etc.:
Preference regarding the length and format (single/series):
More than 20 minutes.
What do you expect of the East Doc Platform?: