2018 Finishing Fund Awards


Diwa, Directed by Aina Dumlao (short film) Diwa chronicles the often impossible, legal economic and social barriers faced by immigrants who fall victim to crimes of exploitation.

Solace, Directed by Tchaiko Omawale (feature film) Following the death of her father, a 17-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged family and finds comfort in a questionable friendship with a selfdestructive neighbor.

Las Sandinistas, Directed by Jenny Murray (feature length documentary) Las Sandinistas uncovers a watershed moment in history when a group of Nicaraguan women shattered barriers to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reforms during 1979’s Sandinista Revolution.

Lily, Directed by Sarah Prikryl (short film) An unassuming muse must own her choice to salvage her relationship with her artist lover and his estranged brother, by the end of moving day.

Black Beyond America, Directed by Portia Bartley (series) Despite progress in mainstream media, there are still very particular and specific limitations on how black people are represented.

Wayuu, Directed by Karla Gomez (documentary) La Guajira, in Northern Columbia, is the ancestral home of the Wayuu indigenous people. Between droughts and floods, the Wayuu’s destiny is determined by water. They have been over a century without access to potable water.

Funding made possible in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the Puffin Foundation.